The Island of Dr Moreau (1996)

35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
SDDS, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by John Frankenheimer.

Plot Summary

In the year 2010, Dr Moreau succeeds in combining human and animal DNA. But on his remote Pacific island, things haven't turned out as well as he might have hoped and it's up to Edward Douglas to sort things out.


Director: John Frankenheimer
New Line Cinema
Executive Producer: Claire Rudnick Polstein, Tim Zinnemann
Producer: Edward R. Pressman
Screenplay: Ron Hutchinson, Richard Stanley, Walon Green (uncredited), Michael Herr *
Novel: H.G. Wells
Director of Photography: William A. Fraker
Editors: Paul Rubell, Adam P. Scott
Music/Music Producer: Gary Chang
Costume Designer: Norma Moriceau
Special Make-up: Stan Winston
Special Effects: Digital Domain, Stan Winston Studio
Production Designer: Graham ‘Grace' Walker

Marlon Brando (Dr Moreau)
Val Kilmer (Montgomery)
David Thewlis (Edward Douglas)
Fairuza Balk (Aissa)
Ron Perlman (Sayer of the Law)
Marco Hofschneider (M'Ling)
Temuera Morrison (Azazello)
William Hootkins (Kiril)
Daniel Rigney (Hyena-Swine)
Nelson de la Rosa (Majai)
Peter Elliott (Assassimon)
Mark Dacascos (Lo-Mai)
Miguel López (Waggdi)
Neil Young (boar man)
David Hudson (bison man)
Clare Grant (fox lady)
Kitty Silver (sow lady 1)
Fiona Mahl (sow lady 2)
Agoes Soedjarvo (captain)
Ron Vreeken (soldier 1)
Lou Horvarth (soldier 2)
Richard Stanley *

Alternative Titles

DNA – Experiment des Wahnsinns – German title
DNA – Die Insel des Dr Moreau – German title

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

See also
Terror Is a Man (1959)
Twilight People (1972)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Extracts included in
A Century of Science Fiction (1996)


Cinefantastique August 1996 p.4 – note
Cinema 24 October 1996 – review (by Eric Stahl)
The Dark Side no.66 pp.28-29 – review
Empire December 1996 p.34 – review (by Mark Salisbury)
Film Review December 1996 p.26 – review (by Simon Bacal)
Imágenes November 1996 p.117 – review (by Antonio Jose Navarro)
Premiere January 1997 p.32 – review (by Eric Libiot)
Samhain no.62 p.38 – review
Sight & Sound vol.7 no.1 (January 1997) p.38 – review by (Kim Newman)
Studio January 1997 p.13 – review (by Christophe D'Yvoire)

Diário de Notícias, DNmais 23 May 1998 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
Diario de Noticias, Programas 18 April 1997 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
Expresso, Cartaz 19 April 1997 – review (by Antonio Cabrita)