Monday, June 24, 2013

Criterion on Hulu: The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

The Most Dangerous Game movie poster
The Most Dangerous Game (1932) - Directed by Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack; Written by James Ashmore Creelman; Starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Leslie Banks.

By Kenny Howell

Worth watching more for the fun kitsch factor than anything.

This is not the funnest of the early Hollywood adventures, but it is still cool to take a glimpse at early filmmaking. Maybe since the special effects are a little more obvious, you can really see what the filmmakers did to pull off their effect. Really immerses you in the early days, and you can truly imagine the playful world these people were creating.

Here, a crazy wealthy man forces a ship to wreck so he can get some of the passengers to his island. He is not looking for some house guests, he wants to hunt them for sport of course.

Like I said, the early filmmaking will make you smile, but it's fun to see a time when imaginations still seemed to dream big in Hollywood.

Based on the novel by Gavin Lyall.

The Most Dangerous Game is on Hulu as a part of the Criterion Collection.

Rating: ***

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