Michael Sauter
January 10, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Island of Dr. Moreau

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
08/23/96
performer
Fairuza Balk, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Nelson De La Rosa, Ron Perlman
director
John Frankenheimer
distributor
New Line Studios
author
Ron Hutchinson, Richard Stanley, H.G. Wells
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure, Horror

We gave it a C+

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.

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