22 August 2014

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
63 min.
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack & Irving Pichel.
With Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong, Hale Hamilton, Noble Johnson.
Based on a short story from Richard Connell, this early '30s horror classic is tightly paced, potently charged and expertly acted.

A shipwreck leaves big game hunter Bob Rainsford (McCrea) the sole survivor marooned on a mysterious island.

He finds sanctuary at the castle of the eccentric Count Zaroff (Banks, in a deliciously evil performance) and there meets several other castaways from a recent boat accident.

Turns out, like Rainsford, Zaroff is an avid hunter. But it seems the latter has found the most exhilarating sport is hunting 'the most dangerous game' - humans.

Soon, Bob and lovely Eve (Wray) find themselves the prey of the mad, gun-toting, bow-wielding Zaroff!

Crafted by Schoedsack and Merian Cooper (the same team responsible for 1933's King Kong), this superb thriller is required viewing thanks to a masterful plot structure, excellent setpieces and its effective action adventure climax.

Scream queen Wray is here as charming as ever.

Also known as The Hounds of Zaroff.

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