Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

 3 / 5 Aug '09
Tagline: The Doctor is In-SANE!
Directed by: Don Taylor
Written by: H.G. Wells, Al Ramrus
Actors include: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Horror, Romance
Length: 99 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

This is my first experience with the story (baring the South Park and Simpsons parodies of course), and I must say I was rather disappointed. The first 3/4 of the film is rather dull and I was just begging for something to happen, but at least the last bit was interesting and even cool. First of all we watch a boat capsizing and a man floats aboard a tiny island. We learn of a Scientist named Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster) who seems to be conducting experiments on the island. He has some freaky looking assistants and of course a beautiful young assistant named Maria who our shipwrecked fella (Michael York) falls for. Before long though York realizes something strange is going on with these experiments as there are many animals who resemble poorly made-up Ewoks (though that wasn't what they were supposed to look like me thinks). See the Scientist thinks that he can turn animal to man, but of course the lesson is don't play God. It does get exciting once real animals enter the story, but by that time you've had to suffer through a lot of love garbage and a lot of talking. Still not a bad story and I'd try the remake (that I heard was more exciting), just hold on for the end of this one or else you will have entirely wasted your time.

Availability:  On DVD

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