In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The final draft screenplay, dated September 30, 1932, lists all the actors and roles they will play with the exception of the roles eventually played by Tetsu Komai, Bela Lugosi, and Paul Hurst. When comparing that script with the released film additional action and dialogue have been added for the scenes involving Lugosi and Hurst. Their parts have been "beefed" up, probably to help get them to play the roles. 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 »
The rarest of treats -- a bona fide classic that still delivers!
I'll be brief: If you've never seen this definitive, influential horror film, see it. After all these years, it still has the power to shock. Good performances all around (Charles Laughton in particular). Small wonder this thing was banned in the U.K. for so long. Now that it's been remade (at least twice), it's worth taking a look at the original.
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