Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hothouse of Pain

The jungle is sloppy and teeming
With his bungled post-op "men", all steaming
This scourge is Moreau,
The surgeon of woe...
At its lungs' very top something's screaming.

Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) gives Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) a tour of Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Feline Groovy

She's a pawn on an island Gomorrah,
Where the fauna's defiled 'neath the flora
Your thermometer rises
But I promise surprises
If you're drawn to this wildcat seƱora.

Lota, the Panther Woman (Kathleen Burke) sinks her claws into Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) in Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932). Title by one Scotsman under a groove, David Cairns.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Delirious Island

With shadows and horrors it's dripping
Quite sad, though it's morbidly gripping
Moreau is its ruler
And nobody's crueler
This baddie digs torture and whipping.

Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) surveys his Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Manimal Farm

Doc Moreau rules his island domain
With his knowhow in science arcane
But forsakes his creations
So they take out frustrations
On the doughy supplier of pain.

The operating tables are turned on the sadistic Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) in Island of the Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Are We Not Mended?

Though horrible creatures are seen,
No torture appears on the screen
To imagination
Is left their creation
As gore is verboten by Breen.

Donald B. Benson

Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932): Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) inspects one of his "experiments" as Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) looks on. Well, the surgical horrors might happen off-screen, as was customary at the time. But the pain they cause is most certainly evident on the soundtrack. All the screams are Pre-Code!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lost Soul Brothers

Of our betters ask, "Are we not men?"
If not yet, will you please tell us when?
Trading paw for a hand,
For "The Law" we all stand
More than pets, can I get an "amen"?

'Sayer of the Law' Bela Lugosi leads the beast-men in Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Fat and Furry-ous

This queer looking, batty-brained imp
Makes near-men from rat, hog and chimp
His plan will succeed
When with man the things breed
So, leering, his cat-girl he'll pimp.

Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) lords it over Lota, the Panther Woman (Kathleen Burke) in Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Friday, May 13, 2016

Laughton to the Core

He's bookish, well-padded and squat,
And looks like a mad, evil tot
This troll roly-poly
Is wholly unholy
Baby Snooks with some bad jungle rot.

Charles Laughton is Doctor Moreau in Island of the Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932). Baby Snooks is a character played by Fanny Brice on stage, radio--and even once on screen and television, in spite of the fact that the comedian was decades older than the character. Title and assist by incorrigible Donald Benson.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

International House of Pain-Cakes

Whip-cracking, he struts around coolly
Lip-smacking, a glutton, and ghoul-y
This Darwinian swine
Keeps his minions in line
But, grip lacking, he's cut up--quite cruelly.

David Cairns

Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) fends off the Sayer of the Law (Bela Lugosi) and pals in the Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gilligan's Island of Lost Souls


This nut turns poor beasts into guys
These mutts look like freaks, but they're wise
He's wicked and vain,
Inflicting great pain
'Til he's cut, piece by piece, down to size.

Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) lords it over the Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Are We Not Menaces?

These beast-men bear lice, but have heart
At least they seemed nice at the start
He who made them is sick
A real sadist and prick
Judas Priest! How they slice him apart!

Doctor Moreau (Charles Laughton) gets his due in Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Monday, May 9, 2016

This Island Mirth

His island is not on a chart
His guy-beasts are only half-smart
If the doctor's new "men"
Were locked in a pen
They might not have chopped him apart.

Charles Laughton as Doctor Moreau, and Hans Steinke as Ouran, in the grisly Pre-Code horror classic, Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Island of Doctor Maroon


A murderous, hot-headed looney,
He's perfectly rotten and gooney
This rat with a whip
Is a fat, twisted drip
And certainly not a George Clooney.

Charles Laughton is Doctor Moreau, and Kathleen Burke is Lota the Panther Woman in Island of Lost Souls (Erle C. Kenton; 1932).Title by Doctor of Limericks David Cairns.