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It doesn't make for the strongest film, but it does work like a case of people swapping outrageous war stories over a few beers.
Gregory might have done a bit more to differentiate this more extensive investigation from those earlier pics' conventions. But the richness of the tale told here makes this competently packaged feature a keeper nonetheless.
Some of the worst movies give way to the best documentaries...
Whether you remember the actual movie or not, "Lost Soul" is an excellent dissection of a multi-million-dollar movie gone off the rails.
A wildly entertaining effort and a must-see for anyone who walked out of The Island of Dr. Moreau confused and maybe a little irritated.
Richard Stanley's vision of Wells' hellish utopia never materialized, but its legacy makes for an appropriately insane real-life narrative every bit as brilliantly mad and maddening as the fiction promised to be.
If you love [Moreau] as I do, or are even simply fascinated by its chaos for totally ironic reasons, this documentary is a must-watch.
a making-of for a film that never got made - or at least never as intended.... The anecdotes here are frank and fascinating, and there are few raconteurs more mesmerising than Stanley.
It's hardly a surprise that the Hollywood productions that fall apart do so because of ego clashes, creative differences, and bad luck. However, I'm sure it rarely happens with the high degree of drama and strangeness that befell the '96 version of "The Island of Dr. Moreau". I have no idea what the movie would have looked like if Stanley was allowed to actually make it, but I'm certain that it would at least have been more watchable than the one we got.
I actually saw this film at a Cinefamily in LA, with the director David Gregory, and subject Richard Stanley. The information that they provided was instrumental in me understanding some of the craziness I saw onscreen. The film follows the work of Richard Stanley, a horror guru and visual artist who directed the underground films "Hardware" and "Dust Devil". He was slated to direct an adaptation of "Island of Dr. Moreau," but because of studio meddling, persistent bad weather, and hard to work with actors, he was booted from production and his career became nonexistent. What followed was a production that was filled with weird, ridiculous, fraught interchanges between the new director, Frankenheimer, and the actors.
Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/new-blog-1/2015/3/18/double-feature-lost-soul-the-doomed-journey-of-richard-stanleys-island-of-dr-moreau-and-hearts-of-darkness
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