Re: The Island of Doctor Moreau
Easy on the caps, there. Maybe it would be best to explain the censored bits once you've seen it all, to avoid spoiling anything? I'd have thought early censors would be troubled by the general tone of the book, too. Without being really violent it's pretty dark stuff.
I loved this book and it's one of my favourites. It amazes me how many ideas Wells packs into so few pages: religion, racism, scientific arrogance, the colonial empires... And at the turn of the century. Moreau could easily pass for a satire of fascism written 50 years later. It's a real knockout punch of a novel. Anyone planning on writing a novel of over 250 pages should be required to read Moreau by law.
I've never seen a film version, but like Lovecraft's work I suspect it wouldn't translate all that well for me. Part of the horror comes from imagining the creatures, and I can't help suspect that seeing them in the flesh would lessen that.