• Directed by Erle C. Kenton for Paramount in 1931, Island of Lost Souls was part of the chilling and influential cycle of horror movies made in Hollywood during the early sound era. Viewers in Chicago can plunge into the film’s feverish madness on the big screen at the Music Box Theatre on October 19. Based on H. G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, the film is a disturbing depiction of science run amok, starring Charles Laughton as a mad scientist creating a race of horrific man-animal hybrids. Used and abused, these creatures (which include a hirsute Bela Lugosi) eventually band together and rise up against their sadistic master, as you can see in the original trailer below.

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  • By Craig J. Clark
    October 18, 2013
    09:47 PM

    And in addition to Devo's "Jocko Homo," it also inspired Oingo Boingo's "No Spill Blood": "We all know where we go from there -- to the House of Pain!"