The fine line between what is human and what is animal is one of my favorite subjects, so I love H.G. Wells’ original story, and despite popular opinion, I really liked the 1997 film version, too. This version is less faithful than the ’97 one, but I do enjoy the fact that Dr. Moreau attempts to regress Michael York into an animal. I thought York did very well conveying someone who was losing hold of his humanity. The makeup effects are pretty good for the time, but not as great as Stan Winston’s work in the later version. I like Burt Lancaster portrayal of Moreau more than I liked Marlon Brando’s (he was just way over the top). My three main gripes with this movie would be the general slow-pace of its first hour, the unbelievable love relationship between York and Barbara Carrera, and the tacked-on happy ending. If it had ended more grimly, I might have been tempted to give it 3.5 stars, but as such, I still think it’s a solid cult film.
Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)