The runaway production of the 1996 version of The Island Of Dr. Moreau is one of the great stories of Hollywood excess gone haywire – and David Gregory, filmmaker and head of Severin films, has just given it an in-depth exploration in a new documentary entitled Lost Soul. It will be making its debut August 24th at the London Frightfest, which provides the start to a series of festival dates for this documentary. Read on for more Moreau-morass details, including a look at the film’s impressive poster art by Graham Humphreys…
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Attached please find new artwork by legendary nasties artist Graham Humphreys for the Severin Films original production LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. The documentary feature will have its world premiere this Sunday, August 24th at the London Frightfest, followed by festival engagements at The Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany and Festival De L’Etrange in Paris. More festival dates, including North America, will be announced soon via the Severin Films Facebook page.
The filming of the ill-fated 1996 version of H. G. Wells’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU is the stuff of legend. For the first time since he was unceremoniously escorted off his longtime dream project, Richard (HARDWARE) Stanley reveals in detail his spectacular original vision and how it was all ripped apart at the seams. Cast members 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 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, GODFATHERS OF MONDO, THE JOE SPINELL STORY), 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.