My favorite parts came about when the chilling power of the material was really able to break away from some of the hokey Hollywood trappings that kind of dog (no pun intended) this adaptation a bit. The ending is genuinely impactful, and the almost overwhelming lack of music gives the movie an authentic aura. Could have done without the fiance or the Polynesian fanservice chick. But worth seeing.
Like Frankenstein, Island of Lost Souls is about masturbation. Seriously. Both are about sexually frustrated and inadequate men who fail in their personal love life with other humans, thus choose to create life alone. This film is off in pace and hollow in drama, but investigates a cautionary tale of an antisocial outsider harboring a narcissistic complex making him obsessed with being God since he ain't no Casanova.
Unique and violent (for it's time) version of H.G. Wells' "Island of Dr. Moreau" where crazed Charles Laughton believe himself to be God and cross men with animals. Impressive cinematography, a very sexy Leopard Woman and great makeup highlights this pre-code production. A little stronger characterization would have made this movie a huge epic. Now, it is a minor classic.
Laughton is great, the mixture of horror and other emotions, and the short run time might this a tight little pre-Code film that shouldnt be missed. I must say I prefered Most Dangerous Game when it comes to films about islands where weird shit happens from the 30s, but this was a joy throughout. Great makeup for the time. Solid 4 stars
The first part of the film, the one set on the boat with the creeping dread and the strangeness that exudes from the setting and the images is actually pretty awesome. And the jungle sets on the island help to perpetuate that feeling as the film goes on. But Bela Lugosi is a shit actor and it all just becomes too predictable. Charles Laughton is fun though.
This is a nifty little flick! My favorite of the '30's Mad Scientists extravaganzas. Some pretty daring stuff in this movie. Charles Laughton dominates every scene he's in and the various make-ups on his Beast-Men are state-of-the-art. I have no idea how the same director of this classic became the guy that directed those cheesy low-budget Frankenstein sequels in the '40's! (Lota the Panther-Girl...Mrroooww!)
This one is pretty darn good. The classic novel by H.G. Wells (The Island of Dr. Moreau) will always be the best version of this story, but this movie is undoubtedly the best filmed adaptation of it. Charles Laughton is fantastic as the mad doctor. For science, indeed.