The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
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Critic Reviews for The Island of Dr. Moreau
Lancaster, despite his ungodly ideas, is given some resonance as a man who thinks his demented work is for the betterment of the human race. York gives one of his best performances, and Barbara Carrera's enigmatic beauty is evocatively treated.
Only Michael York's metamorphosis into a beast has any impact, and the film predictably fails to follow through even on that.
The performers display a kind of disciplined intelligence that keeps them from bursting through the style of the film into comic limbo.
A couple of unnecessary narrative additions aside, The Island of Doctor Moreau is a well-made adaptation of an important sci-fi novel.
There are some really strong performances here and an amazing setting; I think what lets this version down is the element of transformation that has proven troublesome for all the film versions of The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Audience Reviews for The Island of Dr. Moreau
This movie does have some good creepiness, but overall, the story and acting aren't very good, and the movie is pretty bad. I recommend seeing the 30s version instead.
Enjoyable but dated with that distinctive 70's aura. Michael York seems perfectly cast as a shipwreck survivor who stumbles upon Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster) and his little island of horrors.
I struggled with this and varous other remakes. I was never sure of the overall message it was trying to put out. I might have missed it but there you go.
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