Dressed in a South Seas wardrobe of caftans and kimonos, Brando literally billows as the deranged Dr. Moreau, who oversees his island of half-human experiments like some weird mother hen. Meanwhile, Kilmer, as Moreau’s fellow mad scientist, appears devoted to outmugging the master. And he nearly succeeds when he does a Brando impression that is almost worth the price of a rental. Yet the rest of this remake is a study in cacophonous chaos. The closer those beasties come to taking over, the more deafening The Island of Dr. Moreau becomes — and the less sense it makes. Fans of Stan Winston’s monster-makeup wizardry may want to rent this rip-off for some cheap thrills. Everyone else should stick with the 1933 original, Island of Lost Souls, a really creepy creep show.
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Horror; Starring: Fairuza Balk, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Nelson De La Rosa, Ron Perlman; Director: John Frankenheimer; Author: Ron Hutchinson, Richard Stanley, H.G. Wells; Release Date Wide: 08/23/1996; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: New Line Studios
Posted January 10 1997 — 12:00 AM EST
- 'Arrow' producer: 'Diversity is not a burden, it’s just smart business'
- Warren G bungled 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' at Friday's Cubs game
- Michael Shannon on the theater parts that shaped his career
- Elisabeth Moss to star in Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale
- WATCH: Reid Scott reveals who laughs the most on the set of 'Veep'
- What time is the White House Correspondents Dinner?
- Mario Lopez, Anderson Cooper: Who's replacing Michael Strahan?
- See President Obama's Very First White House Correspondents Dinner
- 13 Times Real Pain Inspired Great Art
- Destiny's Child's Best Matching Outfits Through the Years
- 'The Simpsons': See the Voices Behind Your Favorite Characters
- All the Photos From Beyonce's 'Formation' Tour
- 40 Celebrities Who Threw Out The First Pitch