Island of Terror (20-Jun-1966)|
Director: Terence Fisher
Writers: Edward Mann; Al Ramsen
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Review by Dr. Dick (posted on 27-May-2005)
Plot: English scientist creates silicon-based life form "Silicates" (and not Raquel Welch) in the lab. Beastie feeds on mammal bones, sucked from living carbon-based life forms like cows and English people. Peter Cushing, a less tasty scientist, discovers how the silicates reproduce, i.e. after dinner and asexually, just like the English. After giving himself a manicure with an axe, Peter Cushing finds that the silicates, just like all of the other life on earth, drops dead after eating radioactive stuff. After beasties feast on radioactive dog food, they die, and England is safe (until the victory of Margaret Thatcher.)
Effects: Good for the time, scared the urine out of me and my friends between ages 7 and our first felony arrests.
Goodness: Two stars, because this is just a rainy remake of Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Thing. Peter Cushing makes the film interesting, although he does overplay the amputation scene.
Final Word: Award winning compared to modern marvels like Waterworld, Lost In Space (Duh Movie). Too coherent, fast moving, and scary to get the MST3K treatment. I couldn't wait to see this movie after reading about it, and it still gives me the creeps during some scenes.
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