Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 8 – Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain (13 January 2004)

In a big mansion, a scientist has been experimenting with humans and animals, mixing their DNA together.

That is not an accurate synopsis.  That’s the original story more or less.  This movie picks up in the outskirts of Hollywood in an abandoned asylum after the manimal uprising of that story.  Dr. Moreau was take prisoner and is working towards the goal of making the manimals fully human.  To do this, he experiments on new human guinea pigs that they capture.  It’s not a terrible setup for a sequel.  However it’s really dull and even it’s sleaziest moments are just boring.  The best thing about this movie is the excuse to say manimal repeated.  Going into it, I was somewhat optimistic.  This is a Charles Band movie and I’ve always had a soft spot for Empire/Full Moon productions.  The movie comes across like no effort was put into it though.  It’s extremely disappointing.

Come back tomorrow to hear about how I will most likely be disappointed again and in the meantime, check out the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on Lurking Fear and Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity to hear us discuss some better Full Moon output.

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