The Island of Dr. Moreau

Another disappointing H.G. Wells' adaptation, The Island of Dr. Moreau is a remake of the 1932 masterpiece, Island of Lost Souls. Despite Wells' outspoken dislike of Lost Souls' focus on the outright horror of the premise rather than its philosophical themes, it's still a fascinating piece of filmmaking that contextualizes the censorship period of the early talkies. The 1996 adaptation is neither. Instead, John Frankenheimer gives Wells fans a ham-fisted and disappointing cheese fest that bears a reasonable resemblance to the source material but captures none of its charm, its existential grandeur or its terrifyingly accurate implications for genetic manipulation in the century following its release. For a film that has the benefit of (literally) 100 years of hindsight, Frankenheimer's adaptation offers little in the way of hindsight—or foresight, for that matter.  

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  1. Chris • August 27, 2016 @ 3:57 PM

    Who the heck wrote this article? It says “Gus Van Sant’s PSYCHO is fine” You gotta be kidding me! It might be the most terribly miscast film in Hollywood history! What a piece of junk!

  2. K. • August 27, 2016 @ 3:46 PM

    I have great affection for the original Clash of the Titans, but I actually prefer the remake (Just my opinion, folks.) I think the worst remakes are usually horror films: Psycho, The Wicker Man, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead, Halloween, Dawn of the Dead. Those remakes were just dire.

  3. Balam • January 8, 2016 @ 2:35 PM

    Yes I’m afraid that new Clash of the Titans is far far worse than the original.

  4. uh.hellno • November 1, 2013 @ 6:24 PM

    New Clash of the titans is worse than the original? You must be out of your mind.

  5. tony • October 19, 2012 @ 10:38 PM

    unfortunatly i’ve seen most of these movies and the movie people should try for something better.

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