Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

DVD - 2011
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Laughton is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor who finds himself trapped there.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, 2011
Edition: Full screen presentation., DVD special ed., uncut theatrical version
ISBN: 9781604654943
1604654945
Branch Call Number: DVD Horror ISLAND
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (70 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet

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In this 1932 adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau, the transformed beasts ask the question: Are we not men?


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Staroleum
Apr 04, 2017

Very stylistic and entertaining old movie. Great stuff. I also enjoyed the bonus features, including an extended interview with members of the band Devo.

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WendyLC
Feb 19, 2017

So happy I checked this one out. Beautiful cinematography--all those dramatic shadows! Terrific acting, too. I felt such sympathy for the Panther Woman. And everyone in front of the camera looked as if they were enjoying themselves.

Less a horror story than a tragedy about what comes of hubris and messing about in things you really should leave as nature made.

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ManMachine
Feb 13, 2017

Welcome to the House of Pain..... Are We Not Men?

Considering that this somewhat freaky Fantasy/Mad Scientist picture is now 85 years old, I'd say that it actually holds up quite well as far as entertainment goes, especially when you take into account all of films in this genre that have followed it in these many years since its 1932 release.

Set on a small, uncharted island in the South Pacific, Island Of Lost Souls' story is quite effective horror that tells the tale of one man playing god (the sadistic & sinister, Dr. Moreau) who blindly tampers with the reconstruction of evolution within the animal kingdom.

Based on H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, Island Of Lost Souls is, indeed, an atmospheric tale that contains some strange moments of odd-looking creatures seen lurking within the shadows and darkness.

With its short running time of only 70 minutes, this picture features some truly impressive make-up effects that certainly helped to highlight all of the tension-filled drama.

(*Watch movie-trailer*)

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Nursebob
Apr 02, 2016

Banned from UK theatres until 1958 by British censors who felt its subject matter went “against nature”, this early film adaptation of H. G. Wells’ "The Island of Dr. Moreau" is definitely one of the creepiest. Graced by theatrical performances and exaggerated lighting straight out of Hollywood’s Silent Era as well as a lush backlot jungle set, director Erie C. Kenton weaves a macabre tale rife with enough brutal violence and implied perversions that it elicited a small scandal upon its initial release. Eighty-four years later however the sexuality is just so much camp, but the grotesque make-up effects (including Bela Lugosi in dog-face) are still revolting and the film’s sadistic edge is as sharp as ever.

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MaxwellYates2
Nov 10, 2015

Considered the best adaptation of HG Well's novel. It holds your attention mostly due to the lead performances and the highly detailed make up of all the supporting players on the Island. A great film from the golden age of cinema, somewhat overlooked but a gem for today's film fans.

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1aa
Jun 09, 2015

A film version of a Wells novel. Rather awkwardly put together.

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UnbiddenLove
Aug 28, 2014

And Richard Basehart (Admiral Nelson, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA) & John Carradine(David n Keith's dad) in it toooooo!

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jazeebelle
May 12, 2014

I've seen a few different films of this timeless story, but i agree with those who have reviewed before me. It is by far the best i have ever seen. The classic movie factor is also there which makes up for lack of cgi (and is much better in my opinion.) When you think about when it was made i'm sure it was truely terrifying.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 03, 2013

The first and best adaptation of Wells's "The Island of Dr. Moreau." Great performance by Charles Laughton, very atmospheric and, even if it's a little dated, cool make-up. A big inspiration to Devo ("Are we not men?"), who are interviewed on the extras.

aaa5756 May 13, 2013

Sound and Very well done old school sci-fi movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

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aaa5756 May 13, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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Monolith
Jan 13, 2013

Dr. Moreau: "What is the law?" Sayer of the Law: "Not to eat meat, that is the law. Are we not men?" Beasts (in unison): "Are we not men?" Dr. Moreau: "What is the law?" Sayer of the Law: "Not to go on all fours, that is the law. Are we not men?" Beasts (in unison): "Are we not men?" Dr. Moreau: "What is the law?" Sayer of the Law: "Not to spill blood, that is the law. Are we not men?" Beasts (in unison): "Are we not men?"

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Monolith
Jan 13, 2013

Dr. Moreau: "Have you forgotten the house of pain?" Sayer of the Law: "You! You made us in the house of pain! You made us... things! Not men! Not beasts! Part man... part beast! Things!"

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