Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Romance  |  December 1932 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Hohl ...
Stanley Fields ...
Captain Davies
Paul Hurst ...
Hans Steinke ...
Tetsu Komai ...
The Consul


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 <>

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TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!


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December 1932 (USA)  »

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The Island of Dr. Moreau  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Lona Andre competed in the Panther Woman contest. See more »


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


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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Referenced in Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) See more »

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A Chilling Classic!
29 September 1999 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

This chilling adaptation of the H.G.Well's novella, "The Island of Dr Moreau" remains unsurpassed, despite two later wretched attempts to improve upon it. Banned in England upon release! An exotic, but sinister atmosphere pervading Moreau's privately-owned island is enhanced by filming in Black & White, whose shadowy contrasts imbue the setting which a dark, suspenseful tone. Moreau amorally attempts to "play God" by creating "manimals" - hybrid humans and animals - via surgical vivasection and blood transfusion in his laboratory, The House of Pain. Charles Laughton has never been more campily devilish as when playing Moreau - an exquisite performance by a great actor.

Bela Lugosi plays a small, but effective part as "The Sayer of the Law": "Are we not men?" Kathleen Burke as the beautiful, erotic "Panther Woman" who develops an ill-fated romance with the protagonist, Edward Parker (played by Richard Arlen). Crisp direction by Erle Kenton, with nice make-up effects by Wally Westmore. The cutaway from the grisly ending when Moreau is about to be subjected to "surgery of the most fatal kind" in The House of Pain is most appreciated and is what I consider to be an exercise in directorial restraint and finesse. My imagination more than filled in the horrific details. Kudos to Mr. Kenton!

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