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Island of Lost Souls

Released 1932
Distributor Paramount

“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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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.