Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weird 1939 proto "torture porn"

Turned on a public domain B movie on Roku called Torture Ship (1939).

Based on a story by Jack London.

It looks like I watched an edited version. It jumped right into the story. The opening scene was some middle aged men hanging around in a room which turns out to be on a ship.

The opening lines:

"You guys want to get tortured?"

"Not me!"

"He can't get away with it!"

"What are we going to do?"

(I'm paraphrasing a little, but that's pretty close to the dialog.)

A mad scientist runs into legal trouble when he experiments on people in order to find a cure for criminality, so he takes some criminals on a ship where he can experiment on them in international waters.

This was apparently an abbreviated version of the movie. According to imdb.com, the first scene is the scientist explaining to reporters outside the courtroom that criminality is a glandular disorder.

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