Trailer: Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

 

The tales of epic cinema disaster that involve the 1990s remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau are many. Two extremely difficult actors to work with, Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer, the former was dealing with the suicide of his daughter, the latter was going through a nasty divorce at the time. Richard Stanley had developed the project for four years, but was replaced midway through shooting by New Line Cinema with John Frankenheimer. Stanley legendarily kept sneaking onto the set to sabotage shooting, as his original script was slice and diced on a daily basis. Basically a very expensive studio film was being changed on the fly while the actors and former director were hell bent on destroying the thing. The result is a terrible film, that is surprisingly watchable if only for its terribleness.

In the spirit of Jodorowski’s Dune and Lost in La Mancha, filmmaker David Gregory has interviewed many of the people involved, in particular showcasing Richard Stanley, in the whole debacle as a lessons-learned documentary. I missed this on the festival circuit, where it got a quiet, and quite sparse, release, but it is now getting theatrical/VOD distribution, and as a result, a new trailer was cut for the film. Enjoy.

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David Brook
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Awesome! The doc looks a bit cheaply made, but that’s a behind the scenes story that I’ve been desperate to hear for years. Hardware and Dust Devil are two pretty cool stylish genre movies and it was so sad that he pretty much disappeared after attempting Moreau. He directed some docs and shorts since then, but hopefully something like this will get him back into the public eye and encourage him to tackle another feature.

kurt
Guest

I’ve hung-out/partied with Stanley at a couple different film festivals over the years, we have a fair number of mutual friends. He is eccentric in the best possible way, a very friendly fellow and one of the most knowledgeable guys I’ve ever spoken with on the Occult. He spent a good amount of his time (5 hours?) at a bar one night at Fantasia a couple years ago reading everyone’s future with his own personal deck of Tarot cards.

David Brook
Guest

Awesome, yeah he seems a bit ‘out there’. Did he ever mention any plans to get back into feature film making, or did Moreau put him off for good? I saw The Theatre Bizarre in which he directed one of the segments and it was OK, although the trippy occult stuff didn’t do it for me.

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