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Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1932 (USA)
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

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After his ship goes down, Edward Parker is rescued at sea. Parker gets into a fight with Captain Davies of the Apia and the Captain tosses him overboard while making a delivery to the tiny tropical island of Dr. Moreau. Parker discovers that Moreau has good reason to be so secretive on his lonely island. The doctor is a whip-cracking task master to a growing population of his own gruesome human/animal experiments. He does have one prize result, Lota the beautiful panther woman. Parker's fortunes for escape look up after his fiancée Ruth finds him with the help of fearless Captain Donohue. However, when Moreau's tribe of near-humans rises up to rebel, no one is safe... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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December 1932 (USA)  »

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H.G. Wells' Island of Lost Souls  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Bela Lugosi was paid less than the other lead actors because he worked less days than they did. His day rate was essentially the same as the other leads. See more »

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On the first ship, a man carries a large bucket of slop and accidentally spills some slop on Captain Davies. In the next shot, as Davies punches the man and knocks him down, the slop bucket is sitting on the deck behind him. See more »

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Captain Donahue: That jungle don't look any too inviting.
Ruth Thomas: We must go on. We've got to find him.
Captain Donahue: All right. I'd just as soon leave it for somebody else to do. If there was anybody else here to do it.
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Incredible early horror.
15 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This fantastical horror movie based on "The Island of Dr. Moreau" is not necessarily scary by today's graphic standards. However, it still manages to touch on the terror of "humanity's inhumanity." It also provides a classic mad-scientist performance which still gives me the creeps. The makeup isn't perfect, but it is far superior to typical fare of the time.


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