- Michael Shields
In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, host Michael Shields, with the help of film historian Christian Niedan, explore the numerous adaptations of Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game” (also published as “The Hounds of Zaroff”). The renowned tale features a big-game hunter from New York City who falls off a yacht and swims to what seems to be an abandoned and isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Russian aristocrat. Launching into the discussion with an examination of the 1932 RKO Pictures film The Most Dangerous Game, starring Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks, Michael and Christian dissect what is so compelling about a story which combines psychological savagery with enthralling action. Further exhibiting the allure and timelessness of Connell’s story, the hosts examine the innovative 1994 remake Surviving the Game which was directed by Ernest R. Dickerson and stars Ice-T, Rutger Hauer, and Gary Busey. The episode culminates with a discussion centering on the recently released Quibi series Most Dangerous Game starring Liam Hemsworth as Dodge Maynard, a track star and a real estate investor with a brain tumor who is offered an absurd financial opportunity from a rich CEO named Miles Sellers (Christopher Waltz) if he agrees to let himself be hunted. Join in on a discussion that spans almost a hundred years of “The Most Dangerous Game,” featuring reimaginings which highlight exactly why this brutal yet thought-provoking story gets the remake treatment time and time again.
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