One of the best and most literate movies from the great days of horror, The Most Dangerous Game stars Leslie Banks as a big-game hunter with a taste for the world’s most exotic prey—his houseguests, played by Fay Wray and Joel McCrea.
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Have sex after killing, the villain says, giving his advice on primal urges. He is, of course, a psycho nutjob—but then what are we to make of the inevitable ending, where McCrea kills his way out of the villain's fortress and escapes arm in arm with the gorgeous Fay Wray? And so you get a hint of how old B-movies can play with provocative, subversive themes. They know what we want. The question is, do we?
Classic public domain thriller that finds the "Kong" production team adapting an oft-filmed short story concisely and well. A madman hunts the most dangerous game...man, until a fellow hunter rises to the challenge of survival. At barely an hour the film barrels along providing a great villain, a beautiful girl and a fairly decent hero. Both copied and maligned since this classic 'B' deserves more praise.
If I enjoyed this at all, it's 'cause it's perfect for easy Zizek-style armchair analysis: The island as projection of the hero's unconscious, full of those violent, pathological, phallic drives that his conscious self likes to call 'sporting' and 'civilized', with the ensuing conflict being the one that brings them into awareness... But mostly it was just oversimplified nonsense; not really compelling at all. 2.5
Una película impresindible. En momentos bastante superior a Honk Kong. Ves el protagonista saltando y piensas, se va a caer por el acantilado, es emocionante a más no poder. Mi mujer me preguntaba si los perros son reales o es "STOP MOTION". Le oculté que la película es de los años 50. Hubo un momento que fui al refri a buscar una cerveza y al regresar el barco ya no navegaba y el marinero estaba sólo en una isla.
This is some kind of a propaganda movie. The good brave American versus the bad savage Russian. Yes, we all know these cheap stories, happy-ending, unrealistically, Hollywood-style. The best part of the movie is its soundtrack which is not really bad and the fact it takes not more than 60 minutes of your life.
A straight-forward adaptation of a popular short story makes for an iconic horror/thriller, shot well and concise, this is 60 minutes of your time you can't spend wrong. After just coming from The Man Who Knew Too Much, Leslie Banks has now put himself permanently on my radar with his Zaroff, who commands the essence of this movie.