Day 5: Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Cast: Bela Lugosi as Sayer of the Law
Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau
Richard Arlen as Edward Parker
Leila Hyams as Ruth Thomas
Kathleen Burke as Lota, The Panther Woman
Based on The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
Directed by Earle C. Kenton
Plot: Edward Parker is shipwrecked and rescued by a freighter delivering animals to an island inhabited by the reclusive Dr. Moreau. However, when Parker challenges the ship captain’s authority when caught beating an odd crewman, Parker is thrown overboard and left behind on the island. Dr. Moreau is conducting crazy experiments on turning animals into men. Enter Lota, The Panther Woman. It seems there is an attraction between Lota and Parker and Dr. Moreau wants to take his experiments to the next level.
Personal Thoughts: Tune into episode 423 of this week’s Dread Media podcast to hear my thoughts and random trivia on this classic film.
- Catch the trailer on YouTube
- The Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition
- As a bonus, listen to episode 70 of the B Movie Cast