All this talk about this film.. About Richard Stanley being fired from his directing duty.... What was the finished product like?I loved it.
Yes, I know Frankeheimer shot it with storyboards drawn on the day, I know most of the cast and crew went on strike. But as a film I loved it.
Plot wise, well lets say, crossbreeding animals and humans on a tropical island, (No four-assed monkey either!) The script is pretty run of the mill, nothing extra ordinary, and it does have a few cheesy lines (what do you expect from a rewrite a few days into filming. But what I loved were the performances, mainly of Marlon Brando and his little friend. I loved every moment they were on screen.
David Thewlis was fine (Please no-one say 'Oh but he was out of place'. THAT WAS THE POINT!) Val Kilmer was a bit pretentious but he did the job well enough. There were a few others, Ron Pearlman etc.. who were just cheese in latex. The FX were fine, though the masks were a bit iffy and a couple of the CGI jobs wernt good. But this whole film for some reason was cool. From the titles to the credits, I loved it.
I saw this at the cinema and I was the only one of all my peers who saw it who loved it (But they all thought Armageddon was cool, stupid inbred gits)But it works best in its directors cut form on DVD with AC-3.
Then the film really works.