The Most Dangerous Game (1932, dir. Irving Pichel and Ernest B Schoedsack)

A jaded hunter lures ships to his island fortress so he can hunt human prey. This first adaptation of the often-referenced Richard Connell short story – shot at night on the King Kong sets with some of both cast and crew – is an unsubtle but pacy yarn with charming effects work and keen use of limited resources.

Here’s a trailer.

Author: Eamonn

Writes. Latest: 2019: East of England - a noir thriller. Other books: Benches of Louth (2018); Juggernaut: a sequel to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2017); Torc, (2016); The Prospect of This City (2015). Twitter: @eamonngriffin

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