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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

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A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

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A new retelling of the H.G Wells novel, The Island of Dr Moreau, the tale of a castaway washed ashore on an island inhabited by a mad doctor and his hybrid creations.

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Richard Stanley ... Himself - Director
Kier-La Janisse Kier-La Janisse ... Herself - Film Writer
Michael Gingold Michael Gingold ... Himself - Fangoria Magazine
Graham Humphreys Graham Humphreys ... Himself - Concept Designer
Edward R. Pressman ... Himself - Producer
Robert Shaye ... Himself - President, New Line Cinema
Tim Sullivan ... Himself - Script Reader, New Line Cinema
Tim Zinnemann Tim Zinnemann ... Himself - Executive Producer
Fairuza Balk ... Herself - Actress
Bruce Spaulding Fuller ... Himself - Special Makeup Effects Artist, Stan Winston Studios
Marco Hofschneider ... Himself - Actor
Rob Morrow ... Himself - Actor
Graham 'Grace' Walker Graham 'Grace' Walker ... Himself - Production Designer (as Graham 'Grace' Walker)
Fiona Mahl Fiona Mahl ... Herself - Actress
Neil Young Neil Young ... Himself - Actor
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A behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the infamous The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).

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6 November 2015 (Spain) See more »

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Lost Soul: El viaje maldito de Richard Stanley a la isla del Dr. Moreau See more »

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Famous British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley, who may or may not have been the inspiration for the main character in Joseph Conrad's classic novel Heart of Darkness is a direct ancestor of director Richard Stanley. See more »

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Fairuza Balk: What people choose to do in the name of politics, which means in the name of money - there are no morals. There is no integrity at all. They'd sell their child down the river for money.
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Be careful what you wish for...
27 May 2018 | by tchort-86377See all my reviews

The production of The island of Dr Moreau is one of misfortune, petty grudges and probably jealous sabotage. Richard Stanley who was to be the original director had been offered the "hot seat" after proving himself with a couple good indie films and a meeting with Marlon Brando. This should have been the small town boy makes good, a triumphant feather in his wide brimmed fedora hat, instead it was a disaster that almost cost him his sanity. The documentary follows the concept to production process of the massive calamity that was Dr Moreau, warts and all we are walked through the trails faced by Stanley and cast, from tropical storms to idiotic behaviour by the two "marquee" name stars. It is amazing that the film was ever finished let alone released (it is actually not a bad movie) with petty Val Kilmer and the stupid Marlon Brando trying to undermine the director while taking playground jabs at anybody they could. The crew and some of the people from New line cinema all have their versions of this story, the fact being that it seems like a perfect storm was created where everything that could fail did. Spectacularly. You may feel most for Stanley who seems like he was in over his head and lacking support from his studio and being green as far as big budget went buckled like a belt. If you are interested in the process of film making and want to see a real story of hard ship in this business this documentary should satisfy.


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