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  • TBC
  • Adventure, Horror
  • 1932
  • 67 mins

Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

About

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