October 4 – The Island of Dr. Moreau – Book Vs. Film – Which Medium Wins? (Thirty-One Days of Halloween)

H G Wells makes this list again with his novella The Island of Dr. Moreau.  The doc in question is creating beast-folk on his island via vivisection surgery on animals.  There were several film adaptions of this work, including a 1996 film starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But the only film version of this book that I saw is Island of Lost Souls from 1932. It is this old black and white film for which I draw the comparison.

I don’t know, the movie was okay. Nothing extraordinary.  But in the book, there are things that stand out, like the inhuman shrieks of pain that are heard throughout the jungle whenever the mean ol’ doc is doing surgery on his subject. There are many more interesting beast-folk in the book than the movie, so the book wins.

Winner: BOOK

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