Thursday, July 2, 2015

1877 - THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU, mad scientist time

Yet another film based on the H.G. Welles novel.  The book is sort of the H.G. Welles version of Frankenstein.  This is the usual mad scientist playing with nature stuff and as expected things do not work out very well for Dr. Moreau the mad scientist and the people who happen to be unfortunate to be in his circle.

This version of The Island of Dr. Moreau is nothing special.  Everyone goes through the motions and you know the film is going to end with stuff blowing up at the end.

The director is Don Taylor a 50's actor who didn't have a particularly distinguished career as a film maker although he had a few interesting films on his list like The Final Countdown and the odd spaghetti western hybrid  Five Man Army.  The cast includes Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport and Barbara Carrera.  Richard Basehart is the "Sayer of the Law"  but sadly the submarine Seaview is nowherw in sight.  Frankly the plot of this film is basically and Irwin Allen TV episode anyway.

The monster makeup was co-designed by John Chambers who was a featured character in the film Argo and had created makeup effects for The Planet of the Apes along with his side career working for the CIA.

99 minutes.

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