When is this coming out in Region 1 dvd??? Haven't we waited long enough? Oh and while you're at it, release Terror Castle as well! The better of the two, though I enjoyed them both. If you're a fan, please join my facebook page at [...]
The movie gets started right away with a little suspense/action sequence in an elevator shaft that leads into another scene where the Investigators solve a mystery and introduce themselves. The title sequence then rolls and introduces the characters and then shortly after we're off to Skeleton Island. The story has very little to do with the book but I found it enjoyable, maybe because I hadn't read Skeleton Island since I was a kid. It had some fun "Indiana Jones" type action sequences, though I thought the movie could of used some more suspense and a little more action too. There were a couple small laughs and some fun *winks* referencing previous books for the fans that I thought were cool. They should of done a little more with that, but I thought it was great. The story was easy to follow and had some nice exotic locations. Though all the kid actors didn't quite fit the book descriptions, I thought they did a great job.
The movie cost about $17 million U.S. dollars to make, but I couldn't find out any box office numbers to see how the film did overall. They have made a second film based on Terror Castle but I know that this was a planned trilogy so I'm not sure if production was already under way before the first movie came out or not.
Overall I found the movie very enjoyable. If you're a diehard of the books you might find it less so, but if you just have fond memories of the books and haven't read them or even remember them much, I think you'll like this movie.