Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

Director: Don Taylor. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera, Richard Basehart. 99 min. Rated PG. Sci-fi.

First saw this in elementary school (Farsi-dubbed and edited according to religious guidelines, by the way), and was amazed at the story's bizarre creativity. Watching it again after 30 years, I was expecting disappointment. To my surprise, I enjoyed both the story's creativity and its stupidity. Such a classy-looking cheesy sci-fi could only happen in the pre-Star Wars 70s. Like all great artists, Lancaster gives credence to some of the most implausible moments, and Carrera (later a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again) was probably significantly edited out last time, because I couldn't remember many of her scenes.

PS: Haven't seen the 1996 remake (with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer) yet, but heard it's horrible.

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