A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Island of Lost Souls
TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
There are two ways to watch this movie.
You can watch it as an old movie, comparing it to others from its time period. In this context it is outstanding in almost every way. The story is compelling and multifaceted despite its short run time, and the actors' performances sell all the characters well. The production design including the sets and costume and makeup is all impressively immersive. The lighting and cinematography are classy and effective for maintaining the mood. I'm no expert on oldies, especially pre-1940, but from what I have seen this stands out as exceptional.
Then you can watch it as just another movie, comparing it to whatever you watched yesterday (or earlier today for those of…
Though it lacks the expressionistic style and gothic grandeur of some of its fellow era genre films, Erle C. Kenton's "Island of Lost Souls" should be considered a worthy member of the early horror canon. Adapting H.G. Wells' novel, "The Island of Doctor Moreau," Kenton's film tells a rich story of speculative science and weighty themes. The film is a textured chiller, both grotesque and quietly evocative.
The plot follows a man who finds himself on a remote island where a scientist creates hybrids of humans and animals. It is genetics-based science fiction with horrific effects as the grotesque combinations of man and beast grow too mighty for their master to control. The tale itself is straightforward, but it is…
Bela Lugosi kills it. His voice booms out, and every man, woman, and mutant is cowed. This is a pretty powerful, dark film with some solid pre-Code imagery--references mostly, but to vivisection, sex with human-animals, and other mad science implications--that culminates in a well executed turn of events that has something to say about morality's deriving from on high rather than developing from within. In short, it suggests that God has to be be perfectly moral to convey a believable morality; it has no room for hypocrisy.
It also questions what it means to be human, and its message is fairly progressive, at least as it suggests that there is humanity even in constructed beings.…
In 70 short minutes the story tills enough fertile soil to foster readings of the movie as allegory for colonialism, nihilism, fascism, etc. I'll leave those discussions for someone else. What gets me excited about this movie is Charles Laughton. He is, if you made me choose, one of the greatest actors of all time, and 90% of the effectiveness of Island of Lost Souls as a horror film comes from the cool reservation with which he portrays Moreau.
He is not without his eccentricities (or terrible facial hair), but he behaves more like the rich kid who has all the toys rather than the traditional mad scientist. When he's touring the castaway through the "House of Pain" he puts…
Remake idea: The Island Of Lost Soles. Same film but the cast are shoes.
Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?
The first feature film adaptation of H.G. Wells 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. There has been at least three more adaptations of the novel since, but over 80 years later, director Erle C. Kenton's vision of Wells' classic still stands as the greatest and most memorable. Even the characters that were created by screenwriters Waldemar Young and Philip Wylie for the film have been used by all subsequent adaptations in one fashion or another.
The film is still disturbing even by today's standards as the main reason the film was made was to compete with the new horror craze in cinemas, so the horror…
Probably the best adaptation of the Island of Dr. Moreau. Not that that's saying much.
I want this to be my favorite adaptation of The Island of Dr Moreau just because it's got Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi and a strong dose of Universal monster movie DNA (even though it's a Paramount film). The inclusion of Kathleen Burke's Panther Woman is also a fascinating twist, raising questions about not only the nature of attraction, but also humanity itself.
Maybe it's because Lugosi's part is so tiny that I feel a little disappointed. More likely, it's my strong, childhood memories of how cool and terrifying the 1977 version is. It's not fair for me to compare the two before revisiting the '77 movie, so I need to do that. But for now, Island of Lost Souls is cool and scary, but not as much as I think it should be.
The only adaptation of the Island of Dr. Moreau (besides the Simpsons) that there needs to be.
Charles Laughton is exquisitely loathsome as the whip wielding Doc Moreau and 'Sayer of the Law' beastman Bela Lugosi shows off his relative sophistication by wearing a well-pressed spotless white shirt at all times.
"You're an amazingly unscientific young man."
Feels a bit straightforward for a mad science tale, but Charles Laughton brings the chill here. His Dr. Moreau may have a dandyish sensibility, what with the lounging on vivisection tables, sipping tea, and that bright white tropical suit, but his heart is austere and driven by little else besides morbid curiosity. He's not a cartoon science wizard and he doesn't even possess the cruel prankster humor of Claude Rains's Dr. Griffin; he's Mengele before there was a Mengele. Laughton is canny to go with an understated performance here, as Moreau's burgeoning god complex and willingness to orchestrate rape and murder on his estate speaks less to latent sadism than to an extreme commitment…
What is the law?
Not to spill blood!
That is law.
Are we not men?
Trimly effective, although the concept works better than the execution.
A mad doctor performs experiments on the natives of an isolated Pacufic island. The first film adaptation of H.G. Wells' Island of Doctor Moreau and probably the best.