Lord of the Flies (1963)

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Shipwrecked on an island, the castaway boys eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational kids' attempts to prevent that.



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Roger Allan ...
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Peter Davy ...
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A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Inevitably, two factions form: one group (lead by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack's group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and savagery. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Evil is inherent in the human mind, whatever innocence may cloak it...


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13 August 1963 (USA)  »

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El señor de las moscas  »

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During post-production in Paris, the director Peter Brook and editor Gerald Feil couldn't get the right effect for the sound of the dead pilot's parachute blowing in the wind. The book called for a 'plopping noise', and nothing seemed to sound right. Eventually Gerry found the perfect sound by slowing down a recording of his cat purring. See more »


When Simon leaves the shelters on the beach, he is shirtless. Yet when he watches Jack and the hunters kill the pig, he is wearing a clean, white shirt. Later when we see Simon again, he is shirtless once again. See more »


Ralph: You're a beast, and a swine, and a bloody, bloody thief!
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Primal Horror
10 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

It has been three years since I read the book and saw the movie, and I have still not forgotten it. "Lord of the Flies" is one of the most harrowing film expiriences I have ever seen.

You don't need Hannibal Lecter to make a movie scary, and this movie proves it. Actually, a film is most scary when it provokes fear on a most basic level. This is not a story that is scary because of plot twists or original characters. This film is scary because it uses techniques that will scare anyone in the deepest way.

The plot is simple. School boys crash land on a remote island with no adults. The boys set up their own government, with Ralph in charge. But things start to fall apart very quickly.

The set up is perfect. All the boys are perfectly cast, and their performances are strong all around. All the characters are likable in the beginning, which is important because as Roger Ebert (I think) said, a person is scarier when the viewer knows more about them.

The directing is perfect. Even though the film is in black and white, the imagery still retains a sense of wonder and awe. Each shot is perfectly used to create the optimum effect. Pacing is key here, because if it is too slow, the film gets boring, but if it goes by too fast, the film feels rushed. The director nails it perfectly. He starts out slow but even, but as the story degenerates into madness, the intensity grows, which magnifies the fear.

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