Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's "Island of Dr. Moreau" (3/9)

The outlandish rumors behind the making of the 1996 sci-fi/horror mish-mosh The Island of Dr. Moreau are the stuff of legend: a brilliant Young Turk director who, after being fired at the end of the first day of shooting, clandestinely sneaking back onto the set disguised as a “mutant animal” extra; actress Fairuza Balk fleeing across Australia to try and escape the scene; Marlon Brando insisting on appearing in whiteface and demanding that the world’s tiniest living human become his co-star; Val Kilmer living up to the hype of his (ahem) reputation. David Gregory’s new doc reveals a true story far more nutz than those mostly-true rumors, and shows how gifted filmmaker Richard Stanley’s vision was blown to pieces by an unreal conflagration of epically bad decisions, torrential weather, giant battling egos, clueless studio suits and bizarre group behavior — to become one of the most magnificently derailed production tales in Hollywood history. A Cinefamily staff favorite, this is a must-see for all fans of behind-the-scenes movie madness.
Dir. David Gregory, 2014, DCP, 97 min.

Watch the trailer for “Lost Soul!”