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Island of Lost Souls Commission by ShawnVanBriesen Island of Lost Souls Commission by ShawnVanBriesen
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.

This is my third commission this month. Which is odd because I haven't accepted any commissions for about nine years. Note me privately if you are interested in your own commission.
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CaveElf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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addieduck Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Awesome!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
this is a classic piece of work... well done! :thumbsup:
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TheGeneLantern Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
To like Shawn's art...that is the law! Are we not men? :)
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stevep12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
awesome
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kreepykustomz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Where are we and why are you handing me that flea collar?
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Ha!
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AtlasFan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Shawn did this commission for me and I am well pleased. If it had been anything less than his usual top-notch work, he would have been sent to the House of Pain! ;)

Spectacular work! The characters come alive. This will look great framed on my wall.
Many thanks,
Bill
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, Bill. Very glad to hear that you and yours made it through Sandy all right. I'm also glad to be sent to The House of Pain...again.
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