wisebird

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Are we not men?

I've been looking forward to seeing The Island of Lost Souls for so long, and it delivered. A thunderstorm almost interfered with reception but fortunately had passed by the time it showed. Am I glad!

Charles Laughton was AMAZING and I think the second acting credit should go to Kathleen Burke as Lota the panther woman. When she first appears she looks so otherworldly. 

Doctor Moreau's scheme to interbreed one of his homunculi with some captured human by hook or by crook is truly one of the most dastardly ever seen on screen, especially when you combine it with how he operates on the animals without anesthesia. It's like he acknowledges they have feelings, he just doesn't care. One of the villainiest villains ever.

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wisebird

27 May 2012, 01:21 PM

Cpeteshamus, I saw on your profile that you like to show old movies to your neighbors. I'm always curious how shocking movies like this are received. Do you include horror movies and pre-codes with streetwalkers and such the like, or do you keep it post-1934 and "nicer"?

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filmguy24

24 Jan 2012, 06:57 AM

A phenomenal film- I have not seen it in years, but just thinking about it makes my blood run cold! Great performances and sublime black and white! Laughton is astonishing. thanks for this post.

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horsefeathers

24 Jan 2012, 01:04 AM

One of the darkest atmospheres for a film and just some incredibly horrifying scenes throughout.  I loved it and agree that the cast was remarkable.  "Not to eat meat, that is the law!  Are we not men?" Bela Lugosi is so good in this and every scene he has is a complete knockout.  The animals being operated on while they just look on, the house of pain, the performance by Kathleen Burke, there is so much to talk about.  You immediately sense something fishy is going on and once you see the creatures watching from the trees you know it is going to go bad.  I loved the film and am glad to hear others did as well.  "The natives are restless tonight."  That says it all haha. 

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doctom666

24 Jan 2012, 12:45 AM

I saw it again last nite...the best version of THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU by H. G. WELLES....all the remakes are terrible, especially the heinous MARLON BRANDO version!!

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C.B.L

23 Jan 2012, 10:58 PM

We Are Devo.... great flick! Haven't seen in a while def worth a re-watch!I can't gimme no...

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Steelersrule

23 Jan 2012, 08:32 PM

After watching this film last night I must ask...."What is the Law?!!!!" Cool film.

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bogthing

23 Jan 2012, 06:38 PM

Saw the beginng, but the signal was screwy and I finally got fed up and went to bed. Saw the previous selection and loved that. Got to try and see this one again!

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