Most Dangerous Game from 1932

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The Most Dangerous Game

A Very Exciting Horror Thriller!

 

 

…I find this piece eerily intriguing not only for it’s brilliant premise but also because part of it was apparently quoted by infamous serial killer “The Zodiac” from the 1960’s and 70’s. Welcome to the Most Dangerous Game from 1932…

 

 

 

 

Starring: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks

Directed by: Irving Pichel/Ernest B. Schoedsack

Ratings: Internet Movie Data Base; 7.3/10 …Rotten Tomatoes; 100%

Our Rating; 8.5/10

Available from: Amazon and eBay

 

 

 

 

$#51XGTqBByfL__AA160_The Most Dangerous Game (1932). A big-game hunter, Sanger Rainsford is shipwrecked upon a suspicious island and finds the castle-fortress of Count Zaroff, an eccentric but welcoming Cossack.

Zaroff is not alone however, being accompanied by several Cossack servants and some recently received “guests”.

Apparently they’ve also been shipwrecked and while several have mysteriously gone missing since arriving at the Castle, a brother and sister remain, awaiting aid from the next passing ship.

 

Their Mysterious Host

Leslie Banks The Most Dangerous Game

Leslie Banks – Count Zaroff

Count Zaroff, we learn, is also an ardent hunter and entertains his visitors with stories of his cunning prowess and how he has become tired of the easy prey that is animal. He now seeks to hunt a new animal.

The most dangerous of all…

 

After her brother then disappears, sister Eve anxiously implores Rainsford to help her search for him. Together they soon discover the Count’s “trophy room” and are confronted with the shocking horror of their situation.

 

Their worst fears are realized when they are forced to partake in a game of “outdoor chess” through the thick jungle of the inhospitable island…

 

Fay Wray-Joel McCrea-The Most Dangerous Game

The race through the jungle!

 

 

Masterful Cinematography!

This film has a great plot based on a short story by Richard Connell. But it is also superbly filmed too with a real sense of foreboding which leads to terrific suspense.

Camera work is used skillfully and with the accompaniment of a sweeping musical score. In particular, the zoom-in close-up of Leslie Banks (Zaroff) from Eve’s perspective atop the stairs when he promises to “look after ” her brother!

The pursuit through the jungle is highly exciting with more up-close camera tricks and a genuine tension being built.

 

The Most Dangerous Game from 1932 is a very successful telling of a thrilling story.

 

 

The Most Dangerous Game

 

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I absolutely loved the Most Dangerous Game from 1932, I hope you’ve found this review helpful and get to check the film out for yourself as soon as possible. Any comments? Please leave in the space provided below. Always great to get feedback.  ∼Jamie.

 

 

 

 

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22 Comments

  • Mark says:

    I love watching old movies. Somehow The Most Dangerous Game slipped by me. Will certainly give it a try.

    What a great approach you have for reviewing classic horror movies. I love the ability to review clips from the film.

    Freaky to think this film may have inspired the Zodiac to some degree.

    What is your all time favorite classic horror film?

    • admin says:

      Good on you Mark! Always great to meet another old classic movie enthusiast! I’d never heard of this title either until I saw the movie “The Zodiac”.

      Definitely eerie to know the Zodiac killer may have been inspired or influenced by this flick, as you say. Count Zaroff, the film’s villain, always creeps me out whenever I watch it. There’s a very strange atmosphere to the movie that I can’t quite put my finger on.

      This movie is one of my all time favorites without question! To name a number one favorite though, I’d have to say Dracula 1931.

      Thanks for the visit and comments Mark!

  • Rob says:

    I’ve not watched a movie like this for ages. I love the old school black and white horrors. They have a really distinctive style. I see one of your all time favourites is Dracula from 1931. Any other recommendations? Have you thought of doing a top ten or top five favourites?Thanks.

    • admin says:

      They do have their own distinct style Rob, that’s so true. Think that must be what’s so special about them.

      Yep, definitely Dracula is an all-time fav! …Along with it, I’d certainly recommend all the Universal Horror originals such as, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invisible man etc. As well as movies like, Most Dangerous Game, The Body Snatcher, The Flesh and the Fiends, Murders in the Rue Morgue, King Kong, White Zombie, Island of Lost Souls, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Son of Dracula, Son of Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, The Black Cat, Mark of the Vampire, Freaks, The Old Dark House, Mad Love, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), I Walked with a Zombie, The Leopard Man, Mystery at the Wax Museum, House of Wax, Return of the Vampire, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein…the list goes on!

      These were some recommendations from the 1930’s and 40’s. Some unbelievable silent favorites include; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Jekyll and Hyde (1922), Nosferatu, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, The Cat and the Canary and The Unknown.

      Personally, I’d like to check out a lot more silent works as they can be quite gothic and haunting.

      I do have a Top Ten list Rob, thanks for asking. It was REALLY hard to decide on just ten favorites and I’m not sure if I agree with it myself anymore, as it was compiled some months back, but here’s the link: http://bestclassichorrormovies.com/top-10-classic-horror-movies and please feel free to let me know what you think.

      Thanks very much for the comment Rob!

      Jamie.

  • Ananomyx says:

    I have not heard of this horror movie before but from reading your review it is very intriguing. After watching the trailer I decided to watch it next time I get. lol. To hear that this could have inspired the zodiac killer is quire weird which is another reason I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks! Awesome Site.

    • admin says:

      I hadn’t heard of it either Ananomyx until I saw the film Zodiac which mentions it. The title of the movie/book is referenced in a coded letter (cipher) sent by the killer to the press. Other connections between the movie and the killer’s actions were also made. It’s been a favorite since I first saw it. Definitely has a real eeriness to it. Hope you get to check it out! Jamie.

  • Tim says:

    There you go, an old school horror classic I’ve never even heard of. I love horror movies, not so much the ‘ghost’ style ones. More so the suspense and thriller type.

    I am a huge zombie fan ( I know everyone seems to be these days)

    But I used to play Resident Evil as a kid and pretty much any unique and quality zombie flick I’m into. Not the cheap knock off ones but anything somewhat original. Anyway thanks for posting I’ll check this movie out.

    • admin says:

      Hey thanks Tim for those cool comments. This little gem of a film isn’t that widely known but it’s up there with the very best. I’m sure you’ll like it as it’s a very suspenseful thriller type horror with a real feeling of dread created right from the intro music.

      As far as original Zombie flicks go, I TOTALLY recommend White Zombie with Bela (Dracula) Lugosi from 1932. The first Zombie film ever made and one which oozes atmosphere and chills!

      I’m just now watching Plague of the Zombies from 1966. It’s a highly rated Hammer Horror (in color) which is very unique and original too.

      Have fun my friend and thanks for dropping in! Jamie.

  • Darren says:

    I love old movies like this. I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen it before or not. It’s hard to believe it was filmed more than 80 years ago way back in 1932. Even though they had a real lack of technology at the time, the way they made the films and the cinematography is brilliant.

    I think the acting back in those days was overdone, but it suited the films and really added to the drama.

    This is brilliant! I’m totally loving your website.

    • admin says:

      Real good to hear from you again Darren. Thanks a lot for your comments once again! It is hard to believe this movie is around 80years old!

      That’s a great point about the acting being overdone. It’s true. Its as if they felt they needed to really emphasize things in the early days to convey the right message.

      Very grateful for your feedback my friend. Thanks heaps!

  • goffconner14 says:

    I really like the layout of your site! What kind of theme did you use? I don’t know if you used WordPress or not, but I’m interested in the layout of your site and am looking for a bit of inspiration for the design of mine!

    Speaking of which, what is your all time favorite classic horror film? My personal favorite was “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, for its stunning abstract backgrounds and eerie atmosphere.

    • admin says:

      Whoa!! Your favorite horror is Caligari?? …It’s AWESOME to meet you! lolol. I’d have to agree. Caligari is quite probably the greatest, most groundbreaking and most influential horror of all time without question! Much respect to you Goffconner14 for being a lover of the silent classics!

      My all-time fav would have to be Dracula 1931 with Lugosi. But I have a HUGE love for them all! The silent films are sublime! They truly are works of art!

      Yep, the theme I chose is a WordPress theme called “Haunted”. Very effective but hasn’t received any updates and has no support with it so it’s been a bit tricky trying to customize it. There’s another called “Haunted House” and one called “Zombie Apocalypse” which have regular updates and information etc. …Hope this helps you?

      Thanks heaps for dropping in and for your cool comments. Great to connect with you Goffconner14!!!

  • Jay says:

    Hey Jdeen

    Oh man, do I love classic horror films. I also love today’s horror films as well. this site is awesome and its cool to see someone passionate about our past history.

    I’m glad I stumbled upon this because I never seen the most dangerous game and I want to now!. I WATCHED THE First Freinkenstien movie as well it’s crazy to see what films have evolved to now these days

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your comments Jay. You’re spot on my friend…the history of these films is what fascinates me along with just loving them as great movies. The historical context they offer really appeals to me.

      That’s great that you’re interested in seeing this movie! It really is a superb, stylish film! One of my all-time fav’s! If you’re interested, here’s a link to buy on DVD…DVD’s/Blu-ray pg.2

      Cool that you watched the original Frankenstein!! As incredible as that film is, it really does show how much filmmaking has evolved, as you say. Music throughout Frankenstein would have really been a great benefit!

  • Eric says:

    You got to love the old school horror films! Reminds me of the films I used to watch when I was a young kid. These types of films can’t live up to the horror the newer movies give but the cinematography in this film is far superior than a lot of films of its generation. Are there any films similar to this that you have reviewed? Would love to hear about other films you enjoyed.

  • KidsWorldSoccerDad says:

    When I get a little time away from the family, I enjoy watching a classic movie. It’s always entertaining to see how much these great films have influenced today’s movies – often with a better story telling than today’s movies.
    I’ve not yet seen the Most Dangerous Game but I’ll be adding this one to my watch list! Any other great horror thrillers I should be looking for?

    • admin says:

      Thanks for visiting! I hope you get to have that to yourself 🙂 The most dangerous game is thoroughly entertaining classic horror/thriller! A superb example of classic films of the day. While I would recommend any of the films from the following Top 10 list, http://bestclassichorrormovies.com/top-10-classic-horror-movies I’d also strongly suggest; Murder’s In the Rue Morgue, The Fiendish Ghouls, The Black Cat (1934), and Mad Love as horror films which also have a strong “thriller” element.

      I really hope you get to check these out my friend. Thanks again for the visit and enquiry. Jamie.

  • Evie says:

    I love classic films – and classic horror films are so much better than today’s slasher flicks which masquerade as horror. They had way more atmosphere. I’d heard of the Most Dangerous Game before but only because it kept coming up as a question on a classic movies quiz that I do. Fay Wray though was the Queen of Scream – if you needed damsel in distress so scream blue murder she was your girl. This sounds like it might be worth a watch

    • admin says:

      Pleeeeaase check this one out Evie! I can’t recommend it highly enough! Especially if you’re a fan of the classics and are so familiar with classic horror’s “scream queen”, Fay Wray! This is a gem!

      Jamie.

  • Michelle says:

    That was a very interesting read and trailer I might add. I haven’t seen the most dangerous game, I think anyways. I’ve seen so many horror flicks I can hardly remember. I love horror movies, since I lack the ability to be scared I greatly enjoy and appreciate creative kills. The first scary movie I seen was the original nightmare on elm street, classic Freddy Krueger was my man.

  • Øssur Eysturoy says:

    Man, this is a great site.

    Love your background, with the moon on top.

    I’m a big fan of cinema and I really love a good horror movie, although I have never seen “The most dangerous game”. These old black and white’s are amazing; I have some of the classics on my shelf, Dracula, King Kong, Psycho and more…

    Your writing is captivating, and after reading this, I have decided that come weekend my wife and I will settle down in our couch with a nice big bucket of popcorn and a giant Coke and watch The most dangerous game.

    Thanks for this.

    Øssur

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