The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

Ernest B Schoedsack (1932)

12A Certificate


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 action-heavy Jean-Claude Van Damme retread directed by John Woo, 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.


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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: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD