92. The Island of Lost Souls (B)
The Island of Lost Souls
-- Bela Lugosi might be the more recognizable name in the credits to horror fans, but it's clearly Charles Laughton's interpretation of Dr. Moreau that does the heavy lifting here. More thoughtlessly acted and directed, he'd be laughing his evil head off, but here sometimes the most terrifying things are rendered in all but a whisper. The make-up is superb, too, nearly as good as anything being done eighty years later. If there are flaws, it's the lead and his fiance, who aren't very interesting next to the two sinister doctors on the island or the two drunken sea captains that take them there. I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but this is often considered the best non-Universal horror film from the period, and I suspect that's correct.
Home Video: 46 +1