Vampires & Horror

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island where scientific experiments are being conducted on animals.
Creature Feature

 

United States
1977
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Tiger
Catastrophes: 
Fire
4
The nature of the beast...
6
5.04
6
6
2
3
2
Ambiance
Effects
Plot
So far, most film adaptations of the novel this is based on have partially failed. Let’ say they could’ve done better. It seems you need to get two important things right to pay justice to this story. You need a jungle and you need excellent make-up. 1977’s The Island of Dr. Moreau almost gets it right. The setting is perfect but the creatures' look could have used some improvement.
This said, their design was probably impressive on paper and the actors playing the hybrids do a good job regardless. They stay in character. They get the story across. If you’ve seen previous adaptations, then you know that the mutants aren’t the only threat. Dr. Moreau is a rather pale character, here, but he turns out to be much darker than the past doctors of this franchise have been.
The creators could afford real wild animals on set, which feels necessary considering Dr. Moreau is turning beasts into humanoids. This film is relatively slow but not boring. It is at times a little stiff, sometimes sensual, sometimes sad and otherwise tense. It is a perfectly balanced science fiction tale that looks and feels like no other film. It is truly imaginative.
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