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Island of Terror (20-Jun-1966)

Director: Terence Fisher

Writers: Edward Mann; Al Ramsen

Keywords: Horror

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Eddie Byrne
31-Jan-1911 21-Aug-1981 The Mummy
Peter Cushing
26-May-1913 11-Aug-1994 Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars
Edward Judd
4-Oct-1932 24-Feb-2009 First Men in the Moon
Niall MacGinnis
29-Mar-1913 6-Jan-1977 49th Parallel


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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