Erle C. Kenton's 1932 film Island of Lost Souls is one of the greatest, best-kept secrets of the pre-Code horror heyday. Adapted from H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, the inimitable Charles Laughton plays the twisted doctor, and Bela Lugosi co-stars in one of his rare good-guy roles as the Sayer of the Law. But the real star is undoubtedly Kathleen Burke as Lota, the sexy panther woman. (Fans of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra have Burke's performance to thank for inspiring Jennifer Blaire's Animala).
The only problem with Island of Lost Souls is that it's only been available on crappy old VHS for all these years. Not so anymore! On October 25th, this classic horror film will get the Criterion Collection treatment in restored, high-definition, uncut, special features-packed DVD and Blu-Ray editions!