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

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Reviews: The Mummy, Island of Lost Souls, The Black Cat

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 13, 2023 From 4 Star Films

There’s something deeply prescient about The Mummy beginning with an archeological expedition for The British Museum. If it’s not evident from the outset, the film is firmly planted in the reality of 1922 when Howard Carter famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. This is only one hi... Read full article


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


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Captain Donahue: What kind of a place did you say this was, Doc?
Dr. Moreau: I didn't say.


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.


Edward Parker: Those poor things out there in the jungle. Those animals. They - They talk.
Dr. Moreau: That was my first great achievement. Articulate speech controlled by the brain. And it was a great achievement! Oh, it takes a long time and infinite patience to make them talk.
[Moreau gives an impish smile and a chuckle]
Dr. Moreau: Someday I will create a woman and it'll be easier.


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Facts about

Verna Hillie was a finalist for the role of Lota the Panther Woman.
To create the language of the mutants sound-man Loren L. Ryder recorded a mixture of animal sounds and foreign languages, then played them backwards at alternating speeds. The effect: the sound induced nausea and caused the audiences to vomit in the theaters.
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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