The Island of Dr. Moreau Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Island of Dr. Moreau the Movie

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What were they thinking? Not even the frightening "manimals" could prevent the unintentional laughs from this abomination of the horrifying 1896 H.G. Wells novel. Brando's enormous presence as the mad scientist Moreau walks a tight rope between puzzling and campy, especially as he explains his ghastly DNA experiments on a remote Pacific to a miscast Thewlis. A wasted Kilmer is the doctors's right-hand hybrid who often seems to be acting in a different movie. Filming hit some big rocks when "creative differences" caused original director Richard Stanley to be replaced and Rob Morrow (originally the lawyer) to ask for his release. Previously filmed under the same title in 1977 and (terrifically) as "Island of Lost Souls" in 1933.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 91 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mad Scientists, Island Fare, Wild Kingdom, Special FX Extravaganzas: Make-Up, Books to Film: H.G. Wells, Law & Lawyers, Genetics
Richard Stanley, Ron Hutchinson
Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider, Temuera Morrison, Ron Perlman
William A. Fraker
John Frankenheimer
Gary Chang
Paul Rubell, Ian Gracie
New Line Cinema

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