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Island of Lost Souls (1932) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by Erle C. Kenton .

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Island of Lost Souls (1932, Erle C. Kenton)

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 4, 2014 From The Stop Button

What’s so incredible about Island of Lost Souls is how Charles Laughton doesn’t overpower the entire picture. Laughton’s take on the mad scientist role–playful, gleeful, callous, cruel–is a joy to watch and it definitely contributes but it doesn’t make Souls. Even... Read full article


Classics Revisited: Island of Lost Souls

By Barry P. on Apr 11, 2013 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1932) Directed by Erle C. Kenton; Written by Waldemar Young and Philip Wylie; Based on the novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells; Starring: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams and Kathleen Burke; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***** “Not to go... Read full article


Classics Revisited: Island of Lost Souls

By Barry P. on Apr 11, 2013 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1932) Directed by Erle C. Kenton; Written by Waldemar Young and Philip Wylie; Based on the novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells; Starring: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams and Kathleen Burke; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***** “Not to go... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 8, 2012 From Virtual Virago

H.G. Wells’ disturbing tale of vivisectionist horror has been adapted for film several times, but the 1932 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau, titled Island of Lost of Souls, stands out for its chillingly effective performances and its sexually charged subtext. Directed by Erle C. Kenton, thi... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 8, 2012 From Virtual Virago

H.G. Wells’ disturbing tale of vivisectionist horror has been adapted for film several times, but the 1932 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau, titled Island of Lost of Souls, stands out for its chillingly effective performances and its sexually charged subtext. Directed by Erle C. Kenton, thi... Read full article


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Dr. Moreau: What is the law?
Sayer of the Law: Not to eat meat, that is the law. Are we not men?
Beasts (in unison): Are we not men?
Dr. Moreau: What is the law?
Sayer of the Law: Not to go on all fours, that is the law. Are we not men?
Beasts (in unison): Are we not men?
Dr. Moreau: What is the law?
Sayer of the Law: Not to spill blood, that is the law. Are we not men?
Beasts (in unison): Are we not men?


Dr. Moreau: She's never seen anything like him.
Mr. Montgomery: No?
Dr. Moreau: You and I don't count. The only reactions we get from her are fear and terror.
Mr. Montgomery: That's understandable.
Dr. Moreau: But how will she respond to Parker where there's no cause for fear? Will she be attracted? Is she capable of being attracted? Has she a woman's emotional impulses? I could scarcely hope for a chance like this short of London.


Dr. Moreau: Did you see that, Montgomery? She was tender like a woman. Oh, how that little scene spurs the scientific imagination onward.


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Facts about

Joe Bonomo, who starred as one of the man-beasts, was also Lon Chaney's stunt double in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Charles Laughton also made a version of this classic story in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Charles Laughton already knew how to use a whip. He learned to use one for a previous stage role. His teacher was a London street performer.
Shot October-November 1932. This was Charles Laughton's third Hollywood production, having already completed "The Old Dark House" and "The Sign of the Cross."
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