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Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

The Most Dangerous Game is quite a fine film for a budget stretcher.  After RKO Radio Pictures spent a small fortune on King Kong (1933), they tried to recoup some of their expenses by reusing sets, casts and and creative talent to produce the film.  The basic story line involves a cabin cruiser that is shipwrecked off a remote island.  The lone survivor is Martin, played wonderfully by Robert Armstrong [Son of Kong] who was also the lead in King Kong.  Martin finds himself the guest of Count Zaroff, along with two other unfortunates.  When Martin refuses to join Zaroff in a hunt for humans, he himself becomes the next prey.
In addition to Armstrong's solid tough-man performance, Leslie Banks [The Man Who Knew Too Much, Chamber of Horrors] is a delight as the slightly crazed Zaroff.  His performance is intentionally a bit over the top and I love his mixture of sheer lunacy and evil menace.  Fay Wray also lights up the screen as Eve.  The camera absolutely loved her.  The only disappointment is that they don't give her enough to do except stumble in the rainforest.  Ah, such was the fate of many 1930's on-screen women.
By modern standards of the genre, this one feels more like a thriller than a horror film.  If you like drama with very little blood shed, then The Most Dangerous Game might be your cup of tea.  It well paced and well written.  It's the perfect film for a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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