Hey everyone, just getting back into the swing of things after a brutal holiday season and in the middle, (even now), of some serious crazy work. Started DLing a bunch of the flicks I missed and watched Dr. Island today.
I never saw this version although I have seen every other version, the 40's Bela Lugosi and the 70's Micheal York version, and I read the original HG Wells story. This version was actually most true to the IDEA of the original story, which was a typical "religion is bad" theme for HG Wells, a very adamant humanist/socialist kind of guy, (although his humanism didn't extend to anyone who wasn't caucasion but we won't go into that...).
Dr. Moreau was supposed to represent the insane god of creation that makes humans out of lower animals and then his creations destroy him, much like Mary Shelley taught us a few years before Wells' time, but there is more of a societal bent to this story. Frankenstien dealt with one guy and one "Adam" creation whereas The Island represents all of our civilization. Blah blah blah.
My problem with this riff is that the movie, for me, had some GENUINELY creepy and disturbing stuff going on that I won't be able to shake in my fever dreams, and Stan Wilson's animal make ups were pretty good, (the computer stuff was really crappy though). But, what was cool was I now know where the South Park guys got the little creepy monkey side kick for their crazy Brando DNA scientist in... well... South Park. The sad thing is, that kid was a real victim of a horrifying disease that makes young children age hundreds of times faster then they should. Pregeria, I think it's called, where a 12 year old child looks and feels like an 80 year old person because thier glands age at an excellerated state. Very sad. At least he got some time in a movie. (they don't live very long, as a rule).
All in all, I would say a very good effort. And a good backup, considering I DL'd the Daredevil, (historic as all three for the first time!!!!), but my copy of DD was the directors cut so I have to wait to get the theatrical version before I can watch it. Dr. M. was a good first alternate. Can't wait to see Battlefield Earth! (I spent an entire summer reading that piece of crap, even the book was pure 1113 pages of agony!).