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.