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Year
1932
Runtime
70 min.
Director
Erle C. Kenton
Genres
Sci-Fi, Horror
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
6,169
Checks
2,271
Favs
127
Dislikes
17
Favs/checks
5.6% (1:18)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. Wise Jake's avatar

    Wise Jake

    Interesting film indeed. Intense, twisted climax - and very well filmed. Charles Laughton's performance is extremely enjoyable to watch, as expected. 12 years 2 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    1932's Island of Lost Souls adapts H.G Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau for the Universal Monsters fan, its success almost entirely hinging on Charles Laughton in the mad scientist's role. No really, wow. While the humanoid animals are meant to be the "monsters" on the surface level, it's really man's potential for inhumanity that makes Moreau the real monster, first as unthinking cruelty to animals, but at SOME point, one must consider whether they deserve human dignity. Laughton creates a whole performance here, not simply a portrait of obsession or sadism. He's sinister, funny, quirky, intelligent, deluded, tortured... and more. He may rise above everyone and everything else in the film, but everyone else is at least competent, the pacing is adequate, and the cinematography atmospheric. Given the lack of success of 70s and 90s adaptations of the story, Island of Lost Souls may well still be the best "Island of Dr. Moreau" we've ever gotten. 6 years 6 months ago
  3. MrMushroom's avatar

    MrMushroom

    Are we not men? (We are Devo :P) 11 years 12 months ago
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In 5 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #43 in BFI's 100 Science Fiction Films
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  2. This movie ranks #96 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  3. This movie ranks #166 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
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  4. This movie ranks #688 in The Criterion Collection
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  5. This movie ranks #978 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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