Island of Lost Souls 1932 American horror film starring Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi and Kathleen Burke as the Panther Woman. The film was directed by Erle C. Kenton and produced by Paramount Pictures. The script was co-written by science fiction legend Philip Wylie, the movie was the first film adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, published in 1896. Both the book and movie are about an obsessed scientist who is secretly conducting surgical experiments on animals on a remote island.
The film was refused a certificate three times by the British Board of Film Censors, in 1933, 1951, and 1957. The reason for the ban was due to scenes of vivisection; it is likely that the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, which forbade the portrayal of cruelty to animals in feature films released in Britain, was a significant factor in the BBFC's subsequent rejections. The film was eventually passed after cuts were made with an 'X' certificate on 9 July 1958. It was later classified as a PG on DVD in 2011 with the cuts reinstated.
Original author H. G. Wells was outspoken in his dislike of the film, feeling the overt horror elements overshadowed the story's deeper philosophies. The censors also objected to Dr. Moreau saying "Do you know what it means to feel like God?"
Personally, I love this movie. Laughton's over the top performance alone is worth the admission price.
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