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Strong 30s Horror on DVD at last!,
This review is from: Island of Lost Souls [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format) [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
I have been waiting for the release of this 30s horror classic forever! Starring Charles Laughton & Bela Lugosi- Laughton is the mad scientist Dr Moreau living on a remote island who transforms wild animals into human abominations- it was made just before the Hollywood Code came in so remains a very strong horror even today- it was banned in the UK for 35 years. HG Wells whose novel it was based on hated the movie & endorsed the UK ban! The movie horrified 1930s US audiences due to its subjects of sadism, beastiality and vivisection & Laughton is fantastic as the sinister sadistic madman- the screams and cries of agony coming from the House of Pain (Moreau's laboratory) will horrify you! An atmosphere of lurking terror runs thru the movie & the powerful ending still frightens audiences! The movie was filmed on Catalina Island off the Californian coast so the jungle settings are real unlike most movies that were shot on studio backlots at the time- Moreau's mansion & lab were constructed on a Paramount sound-stage. Kathleen Burke is unforgettable as the panther-woman Lota (the 19 year old was selected for the part from 60,000 candidates after Paramount conducted a nationwide contest for an exotic-looking actress to play the part-she had been a Chicago dentist's assistant!) & Lugosi is very good in grotesque makeup as the weird Sayer of the Law(spokesman for the savages). This new high-definition digital restoration of the un-cut movie is worth paying the extra for.