My daughter recently started reading H. G. Wells’ stories and, since this is based on one of his books, “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” I figured it would be a good choice when she wanted to watch a movie with me.
Ultimately, I think the thing that made this movie worth our time was the surprisingly creepy human/animal hybrids that inhabited the island. Mostly because of when the movie was made, I was expecting the makeup to be somewhat weak compared to today. But, overall, I thought the characters were pretty menacing looking.
I’m a huge Bela Lugosi fan and did enjoy watching him in his “Sayer of the Law” beast man character. At first, I was a little disappointed he had that role and figured he would make a better Dr. Moreau (not that Laughton didn’t do a good job as that character). However, as it turns out, he was a pretty decent fit, though, admittedly, he was a little hard to understand at times.
Another thing I did enjoy was the fact Arlen’s character, Edward, had a somewhat interesting (and even difficult) decision to make when he had an opportunity to be unfaithful with the Panther Woman (Burke). Burke was pretty darn hot in that role but, at the same time, his fiancée (Hyams) was pretty easy on the eyes too and scored some points with me by being somewhat brave rather than the typical screaming and crying female I’m used to seeing from movies made in this time period. Yes, she would occasionally scream when startled (a common thing with movies like this). But, at the same time, she wasn’t afraid to brave a strange jungle to find the man she was going to marry.