Trailers from Hell: John Landis on UK-Banned, 1930s Horror Classic ‘Island of Lost Souls’

Trailers from Hell: John Landis on UK-Banned, 1930s Horror Classic 'Island of Lost Souls'

Pre-Halloween Horrors! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing 1932’s “Island of Lost Souls,” starring Charles Laughton as the gleefully maniacal Dr. Moreau overseeing his House of Pain, and Bela Lugosi as “part man… part beast!”

“They’re restless tonight,” mutters the insane Dr. Moreau about the vengeful natives on whom he’s been doing presciently Mengele-like experiments. Philip Wylie was one of the screenwriters who adapted H.G. Wells’ anti-vivisectionist screed, which was remade in 1977 and 1996, with uncredited ripoffs in 1959 (Terror is a Man) and 1973 (Twilight People). For a movie banned in many countries for years this has been a very influential film. Musical impressions ensued from bands Oingo Boingo, Devo, Van Halen and Manimals. One of the greatest and darkest of the early ’30s horror cycle.

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