While the dialogue may have a lot to be desired and the acting is stiff and stereotypical, this film never bores as it changes location faster than you get to blink your eyes. Hard not to love this when the gorgeous Fay Wray is present in the film as the "price after the manhunt" - and it is fun to see the same jungle sets that would be reused for "King Kong" the following year.
The first two thirds may build a psychological reasoning for the Count's sport, but these scenes aren't just too dramatically stagey, but take half the run time to get to the human hunting twist, and 8 minutes later when the game is on, it only has 25 of its 63 minutes left. Most Dangerous Game is economic in the wrong places, betraying not just its log line, but purposeful smarts and succinct exposition.
Mmm. Doesn't hold up especially well. I think the film might have been better if we got to the hunt faster. I think it doesn't quite live up to the promise of its premise. Still, it boasts some rather impressive sets and the actual hunt is entertaining enough. I just think it could have done without some of its stereotyping, and the buildup is kinda wasted on some obvious twists.
Excellent early 30s horror. Great early performance by McCrea, who is just terribly underrated. Wray gets a chance to scream once again on the same jungle sets built and used for King Kong. Banks is a great psychotic villain, and plays it up to great effect. Give me this over the Hunger Games or Battle Royale anyday. An essential
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