Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1966 - ISLAND OF TERROR, British Science Fiction at its cheezy best

Another dumb scientist messing with things they don't understand film.  In this case they are trying to find a cure for cancer on a remote island.  Instead they create "Silicates"  creatures that can't be killed and like to suck the bones out of people and animals. 

Coming to sort this mess out are scientists Peter Cushing and Edward (whatever happened to my career) Judd and Judd's tag along girlfriend Carole Gray, who is hot but also whiny and hysterical and really had no business going to the Island of Terror in the first place.

Island of Terror is a B movie in the best sense of the term.  The acting is pretty good, the story and situations are interesting.  Peter Cushing actually shows a sense of humor for a change and the monsters are pretty dumb looking.  This film was directed by Terence Fisher who gets a lot of mileage out of all the old science fiction cliches, confirming the old adage, "it's not the story but how you tell the story that counts."

Island of Terror, is kind of a rehash of Day of the Triffids which had walking plants that ate people.  The Silicates also appear to be distance relations to the  "Graboids"  from Tremors.

89 minutes.

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