First up on our must-see list is David Gregory's Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Lost Souls. While the film's title may be more than a little unwieldy, it certainly tells is like it is. This film has traveled the world and been the belle of many a ball while making its way to Dallas. Our own James Marsh had this to say after witnessing the film's premiere at Fantastic Fest 2014:
The themes Wells tackles in his novel remain just as prescient and controversial today as they did over 100 years ago, and as a result it may still be some time before we see a faithful adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau on our screens. However, there is no doubt that it will continue to inspire artists like Richard Stanley to attempt it, although it will be some years before the stink of New Line's 1996 version is scrubbed away. In the meantime, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr. Moreau keeps the conversation and the dreams alive, giving audiences a glimpse of the possibilities the story offers, while also showing us yet again the great conflicts and contradictions at the heart of the commercial film industry.
Director David Gregory will be on hand at Texas Frightmare Weekend for the film, as well as hawking his wares as one of the co-founders of Severin Films.