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The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

Ernest B Schoedsack, Irving Pichel (1932)

62min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Also known to movie-goers as The Hounds of Zaroff, this teaming of star Fay Wray and co-director Ernest Schoedsack predates their classic King Kong, and traverses similar action territory, with the genius of composer Max Steiner vividly illuminating both movies. Richard Connell's story was a natural for filming, but none of the subsequent versions live up to the sheer exuberance of this 63-minute cracker, least of all the Jean-Claude Van Damme retread directed by John Woo, the appalling Hard Target. Leslie Banks's mad Count Zaroff remains hard to replicate and the theme of hunting human game was never quite so chilling as here. No question, this is the best movie version of the tale.

Summary

One of the best horror movies, this is a chilling tale of a world-weary big game hunter who ensures that ships are wrecked on the reefs of his island fortress. As he entertains his guests he outlines the rules of his hunt - against a human quarry.

Cast & Crew

Bob Rainsford Joel McCrea
Eve Trowbridge Fay Wray
Count Zaroff Leslie Banks
Martin Trowbridge Robert Armstrong
Tartar servant Steve Clemento
Tartar servant Noble Johnson
Director Ernest B Schoedsack
Director Irving Pichel
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on DVD

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