Kind of been toying around with the idea of doing this for a while. For some reason, there are a lot of movies that were popular (and/or infamous) that I just never got around to seeing. Prime example - Flashdance. I know what the story is about - a small town girl on a Saturday night who is a steelworker by day and stripper by night. I know there's some kind of danceoff at the end, but I've never seen the movie.
Another case in point - The Island of Dr. Moreau from 1996 with Hal Kilmer, straight off his Batman appearance. Don't know why I'd never seen it before. Just one of those things.
And, yes, I know this movie isn't technically 20 years old as of this writing, but it's 19 and that's pretty damn close, so I'm going to let this slide.
The movie was reviewed on an episode of the How Did This Get Made podcast and I figured I had the duty to check it out.
It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.
Sure, Marlon Brando was plenty freaky, but then he was playing a freaky character. The guys on the podcast talked a bunch about how Crazy Marlon Brando made them put in his two foot tall friend, Nelson de la Rosa into the movie (over there to the right), but I actually thought it made sense. I mean, Dr. M was a creepy dude who was turning humans into animals (or was it the other way around), so I don't see why he wouldn't have a strange assistant following him around.
Was weird seeing a young Val Kilmer again, too.
Best part for me was when all the Humanimals (?) started chanting "Are we not men?" and I remembered that's where Devo got their classic line.