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quietearth [Celluloid 08.21.14] scifi horror thriller documentary

The filming of the ill-fated 1996 version of H. G. Welles’ The Island of Dr. Moreau is the stuff of legend. For the first time since he was escorted off his longtime dream project, director Richard Stanley (Hardware) reveals in detail his spectacular original vision and how it was all ripped apart at the seams.

The documentary film produced by Severin Films includes a cast including Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider and Rob Morrow, executives and producers Robert Shaye, Edward R. Pressman and Tim Zinnemann, concept artist Graham Humphreys, members of the Stan Winston Makeup Effects team as well as a host of cast and crew members who all recall the stories first hand of colossal egos run amok, a production way out of control, and how the original filmmaker was banished from the set but wouldn't let go.

Directed by David Gregory (PLAGUE TOWN, THEATRE BIZARRE), this is the sensational story of what could have been a science fiction masterpiece which became a huge creative and financial disaster; the story of the outsider artist versus Hollywood machine.

Here's hoping a trailer drops soon!

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projectcyclops (8 years ago) Reply

Awesome! Look forward to checking this out. I've always wondered what Stanley's film would have looked like, although the version we got is kind of interesting in a kind so-bad-it's-good way.

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