Monster Double Feature, plus John Landis Book Signing
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The last date listed for Island of Lost Souls and Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde was Thursday October 6, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Double Feature: New Digital Restoration of the Uncut Theatrical Version! Pre-Code Horror
Island of Lost Souls, 1932, Universal, 70 min.
Director Erle C. Kenton adapted H.G. Wells’ _The Island of Dr. Moreau _into one of the classic Pre-Code horror shockers. Originally released by Paramount to compete with Universal’s monster menagerie, ironically Universal now owns the rights. Seaman Richard Arlen is marooned on vivisectionist Charles Laughton’s private isle, where he has developed a race of subhumans from various wild animals in his House of Pain. An old-school chiller that remains scary to this day. Bela Lugosi is the ringleader of the beast-men. With Kathleen Burke as Lota, the Panther Woman.
_Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
_1931, Warner Bros., 97 min.
Although it’s not as nuanced as the later Spencer Tracy version, many people prefer this Pre-Code shocker. Fredric March won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance, going way over the top with facial tics and bestial mannerisms in his Hyde persona, coming off like an urbane, simian werewolf with the gift of speech. Miriam Hopkins is the unfortunate barmaid Ivy, and Rose Hobart is Muriel, Dr. Jekyll’s devoted fiancée. Director Rouben Mamoulian and cinematographer Karl Struss make revolutionary use of the camera, doing things way ahead of their time in movement, point of view and editing, endowing many sequences with a fluid feel in what is essentially a set-bound piece. The characters of Muriel (Beatrix in the Tracy version) and her father did not appear in Stevenson’s original story, but were invented later by playwright T.R. Sullivan in an 1887 stage adaptation.
John Landis will introduce the double feature. Landis will sign copies of his book Monsters in the Movies at 6:30pm in the Egyptian lobby.