Island of Terror

Island of Terror

Director: Terence Fisher

Cast: Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray

     
 

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At a cancer research lab off the coast of Ireland, a group of scientists dies under mysterious circumstances. Before anyone notices their demise, the human and bovine inhabitants of the island's lone, tiny village begin to turn up dead -- with their bodies the consistency of tapioca pudding. Renowned bone doctors Brian Stanley (Peter Cushing) and David West (Edward…  See more details below

Overview

At a cancer research lab off the coast of Ireland, a group of scientists dies under mysterious circumstances. Before anyone notices their demise, the human and bovine inhabitants of the island's lone, tiny village begin to turn up dead -- with their bodies the consistency of tapioca pudding. Renowned bone doctors Brian Stanley (Peter Cushing) and David West (Edward Judd) are dispatched from the mainland to solve this medical mystery. West's rich-girl paramour, Toni Merrill (Carole Gray), bribes her way into the expedition by providing air transport. When daddy needs his plane back, the group becomes trapped on the isolated island just as the true extent of the science-run-amok menace becomes apparent. One of three films Hammer horror vet Terence Fisher lensed for small British outfit Planet Studios, Island of Terror was followed by Island of the Burning Doomed.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This creepy yet clunky sci-fi-horror flick boasts one of the coolest monsters ever to grace the silver screen -- radioactive silicone beings ("silicates") that suck the calcium right out of your bones. They look like a cross between giant turtles, ostriches, and octopi, and they reproduce asexually every few hours by splitting in half and spilling out their glowing, spaghetti-like innards. With the exception of these creatures du jour and the eerie electronic sounds that emanate from them, Island of Terror is a fairly standard-issue lab-coats-versus-creatures flick in the mold of superior genre fare such as 1954's Them. A host of venerable British character actors, led by Peter Cushing and supplemented by saucy horror starlet Carole Gray, enliven the proceedings with their tics, their wit, and their willingness to throw their convictions behind stock suspense plot twists and low-budget special effects. A Saturday-afternoon creature-feature favorite, Island of Terror also boasts one of the most memorable amputation scenes ever.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2014
UPC:
5060082518447
Original Release:
1966
Source:
Imports

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Dr. Brian Stanley
Edward Judd Dr. David West
Carole Gray Toni Merrill
Eddie Byrne Dr. Landers
Sam Kydd Constable Harris
Niall MacGinnis Mr. Campbell
Liam Gaffney Bellows
Keith Bell Halsey
Shay Gorman Morton
Peter Forbes-Robertson Dr. Phillips
Richard Bidlake Carson
Joyce Hemson Mrs. Bellows
Edward Ogden Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Michael Albrechtson Special Effects
Roy Baird Production Manager
Tom Blakeley Producer
Rosemary Burrows Costumes/Costume Designer
Thelma Connell Editor
Frank Drake Camera Operator
John G. Earl Art Director,Special Effects
Barry Gray Special Effects
Malcolm Lockyer Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Andrew Mann Screenwriter
Bunty Phillips Makeup
Allan Ramsen Screenwriter
Don Weeks Asst. Director
Reginald Wyer Cinematographer

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