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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.
11 years 8 months ago
the3rdman's avatar


Pulpy, schlocky fun, although a megolomaniacal white man whipping "savages" into submission is disturbing when you think about it. As usual the south seas serve as a focal point of colonial desire (the panther woman particularly), "primitive" fear and experimentation, although I'm certain the film is far from self-reflexive about it. Worth thinking about, on one level, but mostly it's just stupidly entertaining. Laughton is pretty good as Moreau, though.
Also, MrMushroom, that is exactly what I was thinking!
10 years ago
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Big ander

Currently active here: https://archive.org/details/1932-island-of-lost-souls
1 year ago
Siskoid's avatar


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.
5 years 11 months ago
JoeMorrissy's avatar


An enjoyable film, outdated horror of course but still interesting to watch.
11 years 2 months ago
MrMushroom's avatar


Are we not men? (We are Devo :P)
11 years 5 months ago
GalsGotMoxie's avatar


Streaming at archive.org (along with a link to a streaming version of the excellent "Murders in the Rue Morgue." https://archive.org/details/MurdersInTheRueMorgue1932islandOfLostSouls1932#
6 years 11 months ago
JosteinAsk's avatar


outdated and unscary as expected....a movie for the curious and the nostalgic. Got some unvoluntary funny scenes though
12 years 6 months ago
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12 years 4 months ago
nicolaskrizan's avatar


in many ways better than the nineties version, and the one from the seventies I haven't seen yet – not in the book though, which is quite alright with me

10 years 1 month ago
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