Terror is a Man

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Terror is a Man

Post  BoG on Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:54 pm

Another take on the concept of The Island of Dr. Moreau, this time from the Philippines. It's a cheap b&w version, on the slow side. The sailor washed ashore is played by Richard Derr, best known for his lead role in When Worlds Collide (1951).  Just after he's rescued by the scientist-wife team living on the island, a shadowy figure is shown prowling around at night. It kills a couple of natives, prompting the rest of the native population to promptly vacate the island, leaving it virtually empty of people.
The beast-thing, mostly wrapped in bandages, is recaptured and turns out to be an experiment  - a former panther mutated into semi-human form by the doctor-scientist. The story is mostly a talky melodrama, usually revolving around the scientist's theories or the developing attraction between the stranded sailor and the wife. There's also the scientist's right-hand man, who turns out to be a troublemaker, taking out his own dissatisfaction on the tied up beastman.  The creature is usually the object of pity, until the finale. The film begins with a warning to the audience about one scene which may be too much for the squeamish, heralded by the sound of a bell. Audiences are advised to shut their eyes during this scene; the scene is actually the start of one of the operations performed by the doctor, an incision he makes. BoG's Score: 4 out of 10

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