Monday, July 31, 2017

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

Director: Don Taylor

Writers: H.G. Wells, Al Ramrus, John Herman Shaner, Richard Alan Simmons

Composer: Laurence Rosenthal

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera, Richard Basehart, Nick Cravat, The Great John L., Bob Ozman, Fumio Demura, Gary Baxley, John Gillespie, David S. Cass Sr.

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Doctor Is In-SANE!

Plot: A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

My rating:  6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.


I've literally been wanting to see this for over 35 years and now the wait is over.  It's pretty good and better than I expected.  The island is beautiful.  I liked the casting, especially with Lancaster.  He didn't play it like your typical mad scientist who's let it go to his head.  He was reserved which was a nice change of genre pace.  I suppose the creature effects were good enough.  I liked that Moreau experimented on Andrew (York) and how that played out all the way to the end...that is until he's on the dingy for a few hours and the effects wore off so he's back to being the pretty boy he was earlier.  That was bullshit.  I would've been much happier had they left him in a semi-monstrous state.  You can't have everything.  A bleaker ending would have been appropriate for the decade and for the story, although I've never read the book/story.

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