YMMV: The Most Dangerous Game

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Does Zaroff really believe in Social Darwinism, or is he secretly ashamed of what he's doing and uses that philosophy to attempt to justify what he does?
  • Complete Monster: General Zaroff, a Social Darwinist Serial Killer hiding behind a veneer of civilization. Bored with being an Egomaniac Hunter, he has taken up residence on a hidden island, in which he maroons sailors so that he can hunt them for his amusement. While Zaroff prides himself on being a sportsman and gentleman and prefers a challenge, he has no qualms about "hunting" the weak, nor does he really play fair in the slightest. Anyone he captures who isn't interested in "playing" is turned over to his servant, a former knouter for the Tsar, until they are willing, and while he initially starts on an even footing with his prey, he ultimately uses a pack of vicious hounds against more elusive prey. Cementing the Morton's Fork nature of the game for his victims, Zaroff is non-committal as to whether he would actually let any survivors go unless they were willing to keep quiet about his crimes.
  • Fight Scene Failure: The climatic fight between Count Zaroff and Rainsford is very poorly choreographed to the eyes of modern audiences.
  • Ho Yay: In the original film, Zaroff is absolutely ecstatic that the author of his favorite books on hunting is in his home.
  • Narm: The ship captain getting bitten by a shark ("Oh, he got me!") in the 1932 film.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The entire story. All the vampire imagery with Zaroff. And the heads on his wall.
  • Woolseyism: Fay Wray is added to the movie.