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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 24: The Most Dangerous Game!

Most Dangerous Game

One of the greatest short stories ever written, Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, got the feature film treatment in 1932 with folks who would go on to make King Kong: co-director and co-producer Ernest B. Schoedsack, co-producer Merian C. Cooper and stars Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. In case you somehow managed to never read a single short story during your entire time at school (and if it was only one and it wasn’t this one, it must have been Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”), a ship goes down and the survivor manages to make it to an island. The island is the home of a Count Zaroff, who is an avid hunter but has gotten bored of hunting animals. He desires a far more entertaining and challenging sport. And so, hijinks ensue. Enjoy.

P.S. The video page on YouTube has students who are watching it instead of reading the short story for class. Poor stupid kids. I hope they flunked spectacularly.


The film is available on DVD from the Criterion Collection.