Island of Lost Souls ★★★★

Criterion Collection Spine #586

"Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?"

Island of Lost Souls is an adaptation from H.G. Wells' 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', a strange film ( with a simple story) that with almost eighty years still creepy and suspenseful.

Groundbreaking makeup effects that have inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and gruesome scary roles from Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi makes 'Island of the Lost Souls' a horror classic.

When you see a film like Island of Lost Souls that still has the power to shock, it makes you wonder why so many new horror films are so mediocre at what they do. Remakes, plotless slasher and torture porn, all pales next to 'Island of Lost Souls' ambition and simplistic but well timed story telling.

It's easy to gross someone out, but to create genuine chills, that's another talent entirely.

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