A look at "The Island of Lost Souls" from a genre perspective.

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In the film, Island of Lost Souls (1933), directed by Erle C. Kenton, is a blend of the sci-fi, and horror genres. The film is based on the book, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" written by H.G Wells. The film examines the issue of racism, and interracial couples using half-an, half-animals as representative figures. The film uses several innovative cinematography techniques, especially in lighting, and camera angles. The film takes place in several settings, including a ship, a city, and on an island. Lighting and Setting play a major role in the film The Island of Lost Souls.

Being framed in both the sci-fi, and horror genres, The Island of Lost Souls, features unique lighting that adds to the setting of both genres. The use of shadows is very important in the film. Most of the scenes on the island are set during dusk, or at night.

The use of lighting to create shadows that simulates the moon and other natural forms of lighting gives the island a very eerie look that helps the plot. For example, Moreau's house features several bars, gates, trees, pillars, and spiral staircases, and when the light is bounced off of these features just right, it creates the awkward shadows as mentioned before. Shadows are also used in character development. Throughout the film Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) seems to slip in and out of the shadows, listening in on conversations, and sneaking up on people. There is also a very interesting light shown form underneath Dr. Moreau, casting unique shadows across his face, giving him a very "evil" look. Also the camera seems to project Moreau as dominant over the creatures. For example, when Moreau is standing on the rock overlooking the crowd of creatures, the camera looks over Moreau's shoulder, giving...