Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Passengers of a shipwreck find themselves on an island where a wealthy and experienced hunter has chosen to use this terrain to hunt the most deadliest prey in the world… man.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and only knew about the overall premise before watching it.
This is quite a fascinating film because it finds a way to tell a gripping story with a very powerful social message.
I have never been the biggest fan of early films, but they do a really nice job with this one in order to help make it work despite it being made at the dawning of the film industry.
The story is told in a very tense and suspense way which works really well.
The film’s dialogue is quite good and allows us to get a very clear understanding of the characters and everything going on.
The special effects are done really well and despite the fact that effects were in their infancy at the time that this was made, they still work in allowing us to believe the story even more.
The cast of this film is led by Joel McCrea and they also help make this more trilling and enjoyable to watch.
Bottom Line – Fascinating film with a great social message. Despite being made during the early days of film, this movie still finds a way to stay thrilling and gripping as the story unfolds. The dialogue is great and helps us get a clear understanding of everything going on. Even though there wasn’t an abundance of special effects being used at the time, the story uses some very interesting ideas to make certain scenes and scenarios feel even more realistic along the way. Great cast helps make this enjoyable to watch. Recommended
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The trophy room scenes were much longer in the preview version of 78 minutes; there were more heads in jars. There was also an emaciated sailor, stuffed and mounted next to a tree where he was impaled by Zaroff’s arrow, and another full-body figure stuffed, with the bodies of two of the hunting dogs mounted in a death grip. Preview audiences cringed and shuddered at the head in the bottle and the mounted heads, but when they saw the mounted figures and heard Zaroff’s dialog describing in detail how each man had died, they began heading for the exit – so these shots disappeared. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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