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  • TBC
  • Adventure, Horror
  • 1932
  • 67 mins

Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls


Based on H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr Moreau, this may lack the overt thrills the genre demanded at the time, but its constant menace and Laughton's performance make this a genuinely unsettling film. Laughton is the scientist who has populated an island with the results of his experiments to transform the genetic structure of animals. He plans to mate a man with a woman he has created - one who is slowly turning back into a panther. Moreau's descent into madness makes for uncomfortable viewing.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Richard Arlen, Charles Laughton, Leila Hyams, Arthur Hohl, Kathleen Burke, Bela Lugosi
  • Director: Erle C Kenton
  • Writer: Philip Wylie, Waldemar Young
  • Photographer: Karl Struss

In a nutshell

This is a horror milestone, and, despite several attempts, a better adaptation of Wells's book has yet to be made.

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