The Island of Dr Moreau (1977)

35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Don Taylor. Production began on 13 December 1975 1Daily Variety 3 December 1977 p.14 2The Hollywood Reporter 25 February 1977 p.20.

Plot Summary

Andrew Braddock survives a ship-wreck and finds himself on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. There he meets scientist Dr Moreau who is conducting inhuman experiments on the local population.


Director: Don Taylor
American International Pictures, Cinema 77, Major Productions
Executive Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff, Sandy Howard
Producer: John Temple-Smith, Skip Steloff
Screenplay: John Herman Shaner, Al Ramrus
Novel: H.G. Wells
Director of Photography: Gerry Fisher
Editor: Marion Rothman
Post Production Supervisor: Salvatore Billitteri
Colour: Movielab
Music: Laurence Rosenthal
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Papageno's Aria from Die Zauberflöte K.620))
Costume Designers: Richard La Motte, Emma Porteus
Wardrobe Supervisors: Emma Porteus, Rita Woods
Special Make-up Effects: John Chambers, Dan Striepke, Tom Burman
Production Designer: Philip M. Jeffries
Animal Handler: Ralph D. Helfer
Locations: St Croix, Virgin

Burt Lancaster (Dr Paul Moreau)
Michael York (Andrew Braddock)
Barbara Carrera (Maria)
Richard Basehart (The Sayer of the Law)
Nick Cravat (M'Ling)
The Great John L
Bob Ozman (bull man)
Fumio Demura (hyena man)
Gary Baxley (lion man)
John Gillespie (tiger man)
David S. Cass Jr (bear man)
Nigel Davenport (Montgomery)

Alternative Titles

Die Insel des Dr Moreau – German title
L'isola del dottor Moreau – Italian title

Remake of
Ile d'Epouvante (1913)
Island of Lost Souls (1933)


See also
Terror Is a Man (1959)
Twilight People (1972)
Wacko (1981)

Extracts included in
A Century of Science Fiction (1996)



  • Daily Variety 3 December 1977 p.14 – credits (Film production chart)
  • The Dark Side no. 66 p.28 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter 25 February 1977 p.20 – credits (Film production)
  • Screen International no.72 (29 January 1977) p.6 – credits (What's filming in America)
  • Shivers no.26 pp.20-23 – illustrated review, credits
  • TV Times 16-22 March 1991 pp.22, 45 – review, credits


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  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.335
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.133-136
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  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.52-53 – illustrated credits, review
  • Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.268; 294
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