The Most Dangerous Game Reviews
Cons of the movie
-The actress and her brother takes away from the protagonist. She is a burden and dead weight in a situation like this.
-The dialogue between the "Count" Zaroff (Supposed to be General Zaroff) and Rainsford was very weak. The writing int he short story was so captivating.
-The actual hunt was 3 days, not 4 hours. The real General Zaroff used a pistol and .22 Rifle
-Ivan was nowhere near as menacing or intimidating as in the story
-The final encounter with Zaroff was like three brothers wrestling for a dirty magazine
-And much much much more was wrong with this movie.
-"Count" Zaroff looked pretty darn crazy, it was awesome.
-The actual final hunt chase sequence was very intense, I did enjoy the score for it and also the action shots they chose.
All in all, it has been 84 years since someone attempted this movie and for good reason. It is not like it would take a lot to bring it life, but the issue that Hollywood tries to change things too much and really takes away from the authors original direction of the film. The dilemma that Rainsford finds himself in is much deeper and should be explored in a better way than what was shown for the 60 minute run-time.
Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) is aboard a luxury yacht with other guests. He is a world renowned big game hunter and he talks about it with the fellow passengers when one asks if it's any fun for the tigers? The passenger makes a suggestion that it would not be so fun if he was in the tiger's place and being hunted. Rainsford replies there's only two types of people, those who hunt and those who are hunted. The ship then runs aground and Rainsford is trapped on this mysterious island where he finds a chateau.
A Russian expatriate named Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks) lives there after escaping the Revolution with all his money. He tells Rainsford there are others who have become shipwrecked and introduces him to them. Zaroff then talks about how he has travelled the world hunting animals, even receiving a scar from a buffalo. He then talks of how he has become bored with hunting. He tried using a new weapon, but then decided he needed to hunt a new animal. Rainsford asks him if it's tigers to which Zaroff replies that it's the most dangerous game.
Another shipwrecked guest named Eve Trowbridge (Fay Wray) is suspicious of Zaroff and tries to warn Rainsford. She tells him that the Count is keeping them from returning to the mainland and that there were originally four, but two Sailors were taken to the Count's trophy room and never seen again. Rainsford doesn't believe her. But once Eve's brother goes missing and the two find Zaroff's trophy room full of mounted human heads. It becomes obvious that humans are the most dangerous game.
The movie is only 63 minutes long and the last 25 minutes is extremely exciting. Leslie Banks as Zaroff is pure evil and he really is the best part of the movie. It has some amazing sets that were originally built for the movie "King Kong." The ending is unsatisfying, but exciting. Decent enough movie to view at least once.
- Long before 'The Hunger Games ' and 'Battle Royale', there was 'The Most Dangerous Game'. This black-and-white 1932 horror adventure, based on the short story by Richard Connell, is about a wealthy man who hunts humans on his private Island. Starring 'King Kong' actors Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. Funny to know is that a part of 'King Kong's jungle set has been used in this film. I love these stories and must say the film, although dated and with a length of only 62 minutes, is still very good.
Hunter and author Bob Rainsford is travelling with a group of friends aboard a luxurious ship. When the vessel hits a riff, it explodes and sinks. Everyone except Bob dies. He manages to swim to a nearby Island. Going through a jungle he finds a castle. Inside he is welcomed by the owner, Count Zaroff, who tells him that he's not the first person who arrives after a sinking accident. Two of his guests are also survivors of a previous sinking: the beautiful Eve Trowbridge (Wray) and her brother Martin (Amstrong). Zarloff reveals to Bob that he is also a fanatic hunter. He loves to hunt 'the most dangerous game' on his island. Bob thinks the man means tigers, but later learns from Eve that the Count likes to hunt on humans.