Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Are We Not Mended?

Though horrible creatures are seen,
No torture appears on the screen
To imagination
Is left their creation
As gore is verboten by Breen.

Donald B. Benson

Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932): Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) inspects one of his "experiments" as Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) looks on. Well, the surgical horrors might happen off-screen, as was customary at the time. But the pain they cause is most certainly evident on the soundtrack. All the screams are Pre-Code!

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