Main Plot Points:
- Cult director Monte Hellman (Two-lane Blacktop, The Shooting) returns to the screen after a 9-year lapse with this incredibly strange picture which was shot in the heart of Spain. Based on the novel by Alberto Vazquez Figueroa (whose other books inspired the films Desert Warrior, Oro Rojo, and Oceano), Iguana features another cult favorite, Everett McGill (Big Ed of Twin Peaks” Big Ed’s Gas Farm), in the lead role.
- McGill is Oberlus, a 19th Century sailor who is cursed with a grotesque facial deformity and as a result is taunted with the nickname Iguana. After he is relentlessly abused and tortured by his callous shipmates, he finds himself stranded on a deserted island. Unfortunately for a group of shipwrecked sailors, they seek refuge on Oberlus’ land at a time when he’s finally become fed up with the entire human race.
- It isn’t long before he begins to wreak havoc on them, forcing two of the shipwrecked sailors, Sebastien (Michael Madsen) and Gamboa (Fabio Testi), to stand up for their crew, saving the lives of everyone in the process. Difficult to label, Iguana features an unsettling blend of action, gore, humor, and drama, making it a hard-to-find, but always interesting film.
What We Thought:
- I was hoping Iguana would be some cult classic I had never seen, but I was bored with it. It’s nothing like I expected.
- It’s pretty much just about shipmen and the lead with a deformity who gets picked on and treated poorly till he starts doing things on his own terms.
- That’s it. There’s nothing special about it. There’s no cult factor just a guy with a deformity. It looks cool at times, but there’s nothing special about it at all.
- If there were some deeper meaning to it, I missed it. I didn’t understand how 2-3 men couldn’t take over one guy. It’s just a pirate movie to me, nothing cult, clever, cool, whatever.
- There’s a young Michael Madsen in it. That surprised me. I’m not familiar with the rest of the cast, but I paused it the first time Madsen appears.
- The Blu-ray looks ok. The movie is 25+ years old so it’s not gem perfect like today’s films. Audio is fine though, dialogue is full.
- I’m sure there are people out there who love Iguana. I’m just not one of them. I didn’t get it. There was nothing special about it to me. Oh well.
- An Interview with Monte Hellman
- Original English Trailer
- Fully Illustrated Booklet
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Michael Madsen
- Director Monte Hellman
- Everett McGill
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