Richard Stanley

Biography

22 November 1966, Fishhook, South Africa Height 5' 10¾" (1.80 m) Mini Biography Richard Stanley is the award-winning South African-born filmmaker, who made a name of himself with his first feature film, the sci-fi movie Hardware (1990). A low budget movie about a mad-dog android loose in an apartment was released in 1990. Critics slammed it as a Terminator rip-off, yet the film became a financial success. The 1.5 million dollar budget was paid back quite handsomely and continuation was imminent. In 1992, Stanley followed Hardware with Dust Devil (1992), a story based on the myth of a Namibian serial killer. A fallout with the distributors led to the re-cutting of the US version, while the bankruptcy of the British-based production company Palace Pictures temporarily shut the post-production down in Europe and the film remained mauled or unfinished, depending how you look at it. Finally Stanley himself managed to finance a new, restored print from the original negative, which has later gained a cult following similar to Hardware. His third feature was to be The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), an adaptation of the famed H.G. Wells novel. Unfortunately it ended up a victim of creative disputes, leading to him being sacked a few days after production began. The finished film, released in 1996, carries little to no resemblance to the version he was originally set to make, using only about two words of his original script. This, however, hasn't beaten the visionary filmmaker down and horror movie fans are now waiting for him to come back... with a one mean vengeance. Removed as director of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) after one to four (accounts vary) days of filming. He snuck back onto the the set in a dog-man mask. Turned down an offer to direct Judge Dredd (1995). Turned down an offer to direct Spice World (1997). In the mid-90s his adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "Solomon Kane" was optioned by Ed Pressman who wanted to set it up with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role. The whole thing was killed off by the "Moreau" affair. Wrote a revisionist remake of The Wild Geese (1978). The project was essentially a modern day mercenary saga with meanspirited twists; it stayed in limbo despite the support of Roger Moore and the original movie's backers (Asia Argento was also in the frame for the female lead). His adapted material includes: 'Shadowland' by Peter Straub (one of Stanley's favorite novels), "The Damnation Game" by Clive Barker, "The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch" by Philip K. Dick, "Flicker" by Theodore Roszak, "Cocaine Nights" by J.G. Ballard and "The Great God Pan" by Arthur Machen. Wrote a script called "Nemesis" (inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft poem with the same title) about a group of robbers who break into the vault of a very old Dutch bank to get some diamonds, but end up trapped inside the building fighting a demon who possessed one of them. The project was planned as a starring vehicle for Jean-Claude Van Damme and Sam Raimi was looking to direct it in the 90s, but sadly it didn't happen. Dario Argento is one of his favorite directors. Actor (10 titles) 2009 That Deadwood Feeling (video) The Actor 2007 Vampire Diary Spanish Rapist 2003 Europe - 99euro-films 2 (segment "Children of the Kingdom") 1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Melting bulldog (uncredited) 1995 Twelve Monkeys Man in Transit Lounge (uncredited) 1994 Brave Man in the table (uncredited) 1992 Dust Devil Transforming Dust Devil in Dream Sequence (uncredited) 1990 Hardware Talking elevator (voice) (uncredited) 1985 Incidents in an Expanding Universe Clean Shaven Pretentious Filmmaker/Greasy Beggar/Green Army Gunner/3-Eyed Mutant/Green Army Flag Bearer/Alien Vendor 1983 Rites of Passage (short) Primordial Man

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Birth Place

Afrique du Sud

Birth Date

11/22/1966
Known For
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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

Himself - Director

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The Other World

Self

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The Story of the Who’s Tommy

Himself

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Riot On!

Narrator

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

Himself

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The Current War

Fat Cat (uncredited)

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Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo

Self

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Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams

Self

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Jättiläinen

voice over in Talvivaara marketing video (voice)

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Marillion Brave

Man in the table (uncredited)

Starring In
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The Batman

Passerby / US Accent (uncredited)

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Come Away

Labyrinth Addict (uncredited)

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Wonder Woman 1984

Smithsonian Institution Professor (uncredited)

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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business

Self

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Tales of the Uncanny

Self

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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Charity Dinner Attendee (uncredited)

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Fighting with My Family

Wrestling Fan / Heckler (uncredited)

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Patrick

Passerby / Diner (uncredited)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Cutthroat Hunter at Fort Ypso (uncredited)

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Clark Ashton Smith: The Emperor of Dreams

Self

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The Death of Stalin

Posh Audience / Mourner (uncredited)

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

Himself

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The Current War

Fat Cat (uncredited)

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Wonder Woman

Pedestrian / Armistice Reveller (uncredited)

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Londinium Beggar (uncredited)

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Jason Bourne

Casino / Athens Protester (uncredited)

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The Legend of Tarzan

Force Publique Officer (uncredited)

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Now You See Me 2

New Year's Eve Reveller (uncredited)

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Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo

Self

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Jättiläinen

voice over in Talvivaara marketing video (voice)

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Harry Price: Ghost Hunter

Market Trader (uncredited)

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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

Himself - Director

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The Story of the Who’s Tommy

Himself

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Jodorowsky's Dune

Self - Director - Hardware

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The Other World

Self

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Riot On!

Narrator

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Zoolander

Night Club Bouncer / Biff

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Melting bulldog (uncredited)

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12 Monkeys

Man in Transit Lounge (uncredited)

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Marillion Brave

Man in the table (uncredited)

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Dust Devil

Transforming Dust Devil in Dream Sequence (uncredited)

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