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 is 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. And he offhandedly offers to show his new "collection of heads" to Rainsford...
  • 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.