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The novel The Island of Doctor Moreau has been adapted to the screen three times:note  in 1932 (as Island of Lost Souls), in 1977, and in 1996.

The 1977 film stars Burt Lancaster as Moreau, Michael York as Andrew Braddock, Nigel Davenport as Montgomery, and Barbara Carrera as Maria.

The 1996 version, directed by John Frankenheimer, stars Marlon Brando as Moreau, David Thewlis as Edward Douglas, Val Kilmer as Montgomery, and Fairuza Balk as Aissa.



The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

  • Adaptation Name Change: Edward Prendick is named "Edward Douglas".
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  • And Some Other Stuff: Montgomery's description, about what he adds to the serum:
    Montgomery: I add a little methamphetamine, some morphine, some 'shrooms, and some other shit.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The diploma for Moreau's Nobel prize is written in Swedish. It states that he got it for genetic manipulation, not for inventing velcro like Montgomery later tells Edward.
  • Cat Girl: Aissa becomes one as her humanity starts to regress.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The opening credits, with a really fast montage of eyes, cells, and clouds.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Douglas concludes this at the end of the film, reflecting on how cruel even unaltered humans can be, and says he "goes in fear" after the island. All this to a backdrop of riot scenes and similar events.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Replacing the surgical method of the original novel.
  • Left the Background Music On: When Edward catches his first glimpse of Aissa, who is belly-dancing in the rain, "Nightbird" by Deep Forest begins playing in the background. Then when Aissa notices Edward watching her, she shuts off a nearby speaker, and the song stops playing.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Aissa.
  • Mini Mook: Majai, who inspired both Mini-Me and the clone of Dr. Mephesto.
  • Shock Collar: All Moreau's creations have an implant that induces pain by remote control.

Alternative Title(s): The Island Of Dr Moreau


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