A quick read on “The Most Dangerous Game” (1932)

“The Most Dangerous Game” (1932)

This was one hell of a pre-code Hollywood adventure / horror film. I had heard quite a bit of the story of The Most Dangerous Game (1932) but had never seen the film until now.

For a film with such a straight forward story arc, crazy rich Russian count causes shipwrecks to happen on the coral reef near his private island in the Pacific and then hunts the survivors through the jungle like animals until he meets his his match in another expert hunter he traps on his island, this was a surprisingly good film that delivered on pretty much all fronts. The cinematography really stood out as creatively overdone and helping the audience grasp more of the underlying psychology of the characters, which is something you don’t often see in a adventure flick.

Crazy Russian General Zaroff versus Rainsford the esteemed and resourceful hunter of big game.

The Most Dangerous Game was directed and made by the same people who did King Kong in 1933. It reminded me of American serial killer Robert Christian Hansen who hunted and killed 17 to possibly more than 30 women with a Ruger Mini — 14 in the woods around Anchorage, Alaska in the 1970's.

“King Kong” (1933)
Mugshot of Alaskan serial-killer Robert Christian Hansen.

Oh and by the way, this movie and the short story that birthed it were very influential on the Zodiac Killer as well. He talked about both of them in his ciphers. The film also clocks in at only 63 minutes.

Infamous police sketch of the Zodiac Killer along with his cipher and sign (the cross hairs and target).
“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. The short story that birthed the movie and influenced the Zodiac Killer.