Island of Terror 1966

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Starring Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray in this movie directed by Terence Fisher. Doctors Brian Stanley along with David West are on their way to investigate a series of deaths on a remote island. However, once in the island Doctors Stanley and David West are shocked to discover that the victims were not killed by disease.

Starring:
Eddie Byrne, Liam Gaffney
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Island of Terror

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Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Eddie Byrne, Liam Gaffney, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Niall MacGinnis, Shay Gorman, Roger Heathcote, Carole Gray, Sam Kydd, Edward Judd, Peter Forbes Robertson, James Caffrey
Director Terence Fisher
Genres Horror, Science Fiction
Studio Odeon Entertainment
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Eddie Byrne, Liam Gaffney, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Niall MacGinnis, Shay Gorman, Roger Heathcote, Carole Gray, Sam Kydd, Edward Judd, Peter Forbes Robertson, James Caffrey
Director Terence Fisher
Genres Horror, Science Fiction
Studio Odeon Entertainment
Rental release 27 October 2014
Main languages English

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 16 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
Made by obscure British company 'Planet Productions' this great little flick features a grotesque set of creatures to terrorize a high-class cast.

True the 'Silicates' are rather funny looking, like huge rubber cow pats with a vacuum cleaner attachments that they use to grab their victims with, and suffer from the old zombie problem of moving very slowly, but they make for a wonderful sight gliding along in search of food and the manner of death they deal out is so horrible that damaging humour is kept at bay.

There are some great attack sequences as various cast members are digested with nicely disgusting slurping sounds by the creatures whom during one sequence even drop out of the trees! They are a bizarre and wonderfully entertaining creation.

The cast is in top form with Cushing in particular giving us a delightful turn as the pathologist with a welcome streak of gentle humour. It's a role that only Cushing could play with this amount of laid back ease and he is a joy to watch.
Edward Judd is nicely stoic and handles his scenes with Cushing well, showing he was a much-underused actor.

Add to all this a lean and never wasted running time, a suitably manic and funky soundtrack composition plus a typically cynical '60s epilogue and you have a film that should be much more widely known and available.
All hail this DVD release.

In these days where the UK only makes small scale independent, and normally U.S influenced horror films this movie reminds us that Britain once produced some unique and delightfully entertaining genre pieces.

Great fun!

NOTE: The DVD is the uncut UK print and does not feature the (only partially effective) on screen insert of a hand being cut off added for export.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chinatown Blue TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
In this review I'll be assuming that you are familiar with this classic British monster flick, or you wouldn't be thinking of a blu ray version. If you haven't seen it, you should before you buy, because you may not appreciate it. But if you relished Hammer's horror movies or Quatermass, you will probably find this highly entertaining.

I already have this film on dvd in the Masters of Horror Collector's Edition, and I have to say that version does score over this in a few ways. Firstly the extras on the blu ray are just an image gallery and a trailer, wile the dvd release has an interview with Christopher Lee. On the other hand since Lee isn't actually in this film, that extra wasn't really appropriate. Plus the booklet with the dvd is bigger, more colourful, and has some juicy pictures of the various posters for the movie. On the other hand, it isn't actually as informative about the film, so I can live with the blu ray version.

It's with the picture and sound that this version comes into its own. The picture is superb, clear and sharp without turning the cast into plastic toy versions of themselves. Detail is beautifully clear, and the colour is well balanced; vibrant without being garish. The sound on my tv set (I don't have any external speakers, just standard built-in) comes across as more enhanced mono than anything, but having watched the dvd version - which was in itself a huge improvement on the vhs release - I'd say this is sharper and has been noticeably cleaned up here and there. One tiny flaw I spotted was that in one scene (involving armed humans versus monsters in the woodlands) the picture completely blanks out for a second, leaving a white screen.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Directed by horror legend Terence Fisher and starring Peter Cushing and Edward Judd, this is a nice little tale of Sci-Fi hokum.

On a remote island, a scientist is investigating cancer cures. The experiments go horribly wrong, and he accidentally creates a species of silicates who go round sucking the bones from people's bodies. Cue the arrival of Cushing and Judd, eminent London surgeons summoned by the Island's doctor to help diagnose the cause of death of the bodies mysteriously popping up all over the island.

The remote island setting gives it a nice claustrophobic setting, which adds nicely to the suspense. The whole film turns on the performances of Cushing, who was always able to inject even the most absurd scripts with some plausibility, and Judd who is an effective action man hero. I always quite liked the silicates, though others have derided them. OK, so actors visibly clutch them to themselves when being attacked, but apart from that they're pretty creepy.

DVD presentation is OK, the picture is a bit grainy at times. It is in 16:9 widescreen with a mono soundtrack. Features are limited to an interview with Christopher Lee, who famously worked with both Cushing and Fisher. There is an interesting 24 pg booklet discussing the genesis of the film.

A regular feature of late night TV in my youth, this is still a great 90 minutes of atmospheric, entertaining fun, just don't take it too seriously.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 20 Oct 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of Terence Fisher's lesser-known movies, Island of Terror (1966) was made for Planet Film Productions, a short-lived 1960s' rival to Hammer. Starring Peter Cushing and Edward Judd as scientists investigating a spate of grisly deaths on an isolated Irish island, the film owes more to Nigel Kneale's Quatermass serials and the BBC's Doctor Who than it does to the gothic flamboyance of Fisher's best horror films. A well-plotted and exciting movie, featuring some primitive but gruesome special effects and plenty of wry humour, it also has nice supporting roles for unappreciated British character actors like Niall MacGinnis and Sam Kydd.
This DVD edition of Island of Terror is a pleasant surprise in terms of extras, featuring a theatrical trailer and an in-depth booklet that discusses the making of the movie and the history of the company behind it. It also includes an interview with Christopher Lee (who isn't in the film, by the way), in which he is nominally supposed to be discussing the movies he made with Terence Fisher. Whilst not a total waste of time, the interview does make for a frustrating, slightly embarrassing experience, as Lee continually wanders from the subjects that film writer Marcus Hearn asks him about. For instance, when asked about the Hammer Dracula movies he made with Fisher, Lee dismisses them with a few words and then starts to talk about Jesus Franco's atrocious, Spanish-made El Conde Dracula instead, a film he inexplicably prefers. Not for the first time, Lee inadvertently proves that many fans and film writers have a far better knowledge and appreciation of his best work than he does.
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