Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

Posted: July 7, 2016 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau Movie PosterDirector David Gregory has a long history of behind-the-scenes documentary shorts, Lost Soul is more than just a making-of doc that would accompany The Island Of Dr. Moreau disc. Fans of cult director/writer Richard Stanley get a good insight into what makes this fascinating film maker tick.

For followers of the novel and film itself Lost Souls also covers the earlier film attempts of H. G. Wells and looks at the books core themes and origin. Gregory offers a captivating documentary with its mix of archival materials and surviving-collaborator testimonies. It wonderfully chronicles how a conflict of vision, creative decisions, lack of interest and awful weather plagued the disastrous production and destroyed friendships with entertaining stories of behind-the- scenes drama including drugs, alcohol and egos. Sadly David Thewlis or Ron Perlman do not participate and it would have been interesting to hear their views.

If you enjoyed Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) Lost In La Mancha (2002) basically other “failed film” documentaries – this is a must see.

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