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Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Unrated | | 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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Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau, the half-crazed scientist. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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December 1932 (USA)  »

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The Island of Dr. Moreau  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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This was Charles Laughton's second starring role in a U.S. film; his first was in the little-known Payment Deferred (1932). See more »

Goofs

As the beast-men attack Moreau's lab one of them brushes against a flaming torch and sets his furry head alight. See more »

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Dr. Moreau: She's never seen anything like him.
Mr. Montgomery: No?
Dr. Moreau: You and I don't count. The only reactions we get from her are fear and terror.
Mr. Montgomery: That's understandable.
Dr. Moreau: But how will she respond to Parker where there's no cause for fear? Will she be attracted? Is she capable of being attracted? Has she a woman's emotional impulses? I could scarcely hope for a chance like this short of London.
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Referenced in Santo en el museo de cera (1963) See more »

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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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