Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau
Richard Stanley in attendance on Friday March 6
, when this film plays on
a double feature with Stanley’s THE OTHERWORLD. Tickets are $10 for the
double feature, $8 for all other shows.
If APOCALYPSE NOW hadn’t
already established that going into the jungle with Marlon Brando to
make a movie is a bad idea, this outrageous documentary of the
dysfunctional production of the 1996 cinematic travesty THE ISLAND OF
DR. MOREAU settles things. Visionary director Richard Stanley got the
chance to bring his dream project to life, only to be fired by the
studio just days into production. There’s long been a rumor of the
disgruntled Stanley living in the jungle after being fired from the
film, and then sneaking back onto the set as an extra in full creature
costume. This film verifies this rumor, and opens the door on a
multitude of others: Egomaniacal star Val Kilmer burns crew members with
cigarettes. Replacement director John Frankenheimer lets Marlon Brando
run amok, as the 300 lb. star makes increasingly stranger and stranger
demands. Richard Stanley turns to witchcraft, while sets are destroyed
by hurricane weather, and the crew is pushed to the absolute limit while
making one of the worst films ever created.
testimony from cast members Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider, and Rob
Morrow highlight this documentary, plus the true star of the film;
Richard Stanley, tells all with admirable composure.
Plays on a double feature on Friday March 6 with:
OTHERWORLD (2014) In this new documentary, director Richard Stanley
studies the history of magical belief in the remote region of France
where he has made his home for the past several years. Through
interviews with sorcerers, physicians and other inhabitants of the
region, we hear stories of ghosts, aliens and more, including Stanley
telling his own experience with this “Other World”.