The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

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A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Don Taylor
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Michael York
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 42 found boring (21.42%)

One-line Reviews (41)

Interesting, but stodgy adaptation of H.

Save yourself nearly 100 minutes of grief, anger and boredom; after all the novel is free to download from Gutenberg and still is an excellent read, even after nearly 120 years of having been written.

Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster) is like a rather intelligent but dull uncle who everyone forgets is there whenever more than two people are gathered together, and so makes for a rather uninspiring bad guy.

Worth watching, just don't go to too much trouble to do so.

This verson of the HG Wells story is the best and most entertaining ever filmed.

Perhaps because the first one seemed very primitive, I found this version more entertaining.

Passable horror-fantasy chiller that is developed up and down with some grotesque moments and in other side contains eerie and thrilling scenes.

Michael York plays Andrew 'Nice-but-Dim' Braddock with a permanent expression of bewilderment on his face, although whether that is because he is in character or is simply wondering how he ended up in such a dull movie is difficult to figure out.

Braddock's stay is normal albeit boring at first (not really much to do on an isolated island, is there?

Besides more exciting action scenes, there's an actual score by Laurence Rosenthal that compliments every segment it accompanies.

With that said, I think this is a mildly entertaining movie thanks in large part to the performances in the film.

It is a well-made, elaborate movie beautifully shot in the Virgin Islands but way too slow and dull.

Excellent first halve compensates for weaker and more formulaic second.

And the tropical background scenes are so breathtaking.

It's slowly paced, nothing ever really happens, inexplicably Dr. Moreau attempts to turn Michael York into an animal, and ultimately the film goes no where.

The Island of Dr. Moreau as a whole is generally well made, the lush jungle greenery & golden sandy beaches of the sunny Virgin Island locations look stunning throughout & the cinematography by Gerry Fisher captures it nicely enough.

If you've read Wells' masterpiece, don't waste your time on this - it will just be a big disappointment.

Shipwreck survivor Andrew Braddock (a solid and engaging performance by Michael York) washes ashore on a remote island run by determined, obsessive, and remorseless scientist Dr. Paul Moreau (splendidly played with firm resolve and conviction by Burt Lancaster).

At 99 minutes, this film drags on for far too long.

Director Don Taylor, working from a smart and compact script by John Herman Shaner and Al Ramrus, relates the absorbing story at a steady pace, does an adept job of creating a spooky and mysterious mood in the opening third, and makes inspired use of the lush tropical setting.

The ending of the film also disappoints as it comes across as rather flat, dull & predictable.

Colorful cinematography by the classic cameraman Gerry Fisher and thrilling musical score by Laurence Rosenthal.

We both enjoyed it and thought the make-up was outstanding.

Their combined efforts make the movie an enjoyable old style story that leans more towards science fiction than horror that will have you staying with it till the end.

The movie delivers quite a few memorably powerful moments: an eerie nighttime Viking funeral for a slain mutant, Braddock fighting his baser animal impulses by drudging up poignant childhood memories, and the enraged beastmen revolting against their cruel oppressor Moreau during the lively, exciting, and harrowing climax.

Seeing it as an adult it's VERY dull and not even remotely OK.

Overall, while there were a plethora of plot-holes to be found, and the conclusion a little simplistic, the general tone and quality of the film remained highly entertaining, uncomplicated and straightforward, something the 1996 remake couldn't muster in spite of its (by relative standards) gold plated production.

As the movie progresses the movie does loose some of its power and tension, when it falls into some obvious clichés and formulaic genre elements, plus some just plain odd and poorly done sequences.

Kudos to director Don Taylor for making such a rousing adventure/horror film.

Bland filming of the famous story is far less intense than the classic version with Charles Laughton, and director Don Taylor has little feel for the material.

Who can deny Lancaster the glory of Trapeeze, Michael York his smooth fop impersonation in Riddle of the Sands, Richard Basehart gripping Ishmael in Moby Dick twenty years before or Nigel Davenport his solid Norfolk in A Man for All Seasons?

Wells is a little on the slow and uneventful side.

This version of The Island of Dr. Moreau-starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York-is a rousing adventure/horror film .

My Take: Good-looking and well-cast, but utterly tedious.

The pace is glacial and some scenes go on for so long that you find yourself wishing them to end - I eventually got so bored that I ended up playing solitaire on my phone while keeping half an eye on the travesty on the screen.

Because it's shot in full colour, it doesn't quite have the stark, nightmarish quality of the 1932 film version, but it's still fairly intense, and it is grisly at times.

Coulda been a gripping story.

The last half is more mechanical and plodding, though the first half does a long way towards carrying it all through to the conclusion.

Good action scenes lead to a rousing, exciting finale.

The movie has you on the edge of your seat.

Wells novel is pretty entertaining.