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Mel Welles (story)
Ernst R. von Theumer (screenplay)
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15 November 1967 (USA) See more »
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Cameron Mitchell ... Baron von Weser
Elisa Montés ... Beth Christiansen (as Elisa Montes)
George Martin ... David Moss
Kai Fischer ... Cora Robinson (as Kay Fischer)
Rolf von Nauckhoff ... James Robinson (as Ralph Naukoff)
Hermann Nehlsen ... Prof. Julius Demerist (as Herman Nelsen)
Matilde Muñoz Sampedro ... Myrtle Callahan (as Matilde Sampedro)
Ricardo Valle ... Alfredo (as Richard Valle)
Mike Brendel ... Baldi / Baldi's Brother

Directed by
Mel Welles  (as Ernst von Theumer)
Writing credits
Mel Welles (story and screenplay) (as Ira Meltcher)

Ernst R. von Theumer (screenplay) (as Ernst v. Theumer)

Stephen Schmidt  uncredited

Produced by
George Ferrer .... producer (as Georg Ferrer)
Ernst R. von Theumer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Antón García Abril  (as A. Garcia Abril)
José Muñoz Molleda (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Cecilio Paniagua 
Juan Mariné (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Antonio Cánovas 
Siegfrid Krämer (German version)
Art Direction by
Francisco Canet 
Set Decoration by
Francisco Canet (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Juana Culell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Enrique F. Sagaseta .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Ignacio Galván .... assistant director
Fanny Wessling .... assistant director (as Fanny Wesling)
Camera and Electrical Department
Víctor Benítez .... still photographer
Francisco Beringola .... camera assistant
Isidro Muro .... camera assistant
Eduardo Noé .... camera operator (as Eduardo Noe)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Pedrola .... tailor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jose M. Baldasano .... contable
Enrique Bellot .... production assistant
Ingo Hermes .... dialogue director
María Luz Manzano .... script supervisor (as Mari Luz Manzano)
Maria Dolores Proubasta .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"La isla de la muerte" - Spain (original title)
"Maneater of Hydra" - USA (TV title)
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88 min | France:85 min
Color (Technicolor)
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A vampire tree menaces visitors to a lonely island, 11 June 2000
Author: ( from Wichita, KS USA

In spite of one of the alternate release titles making this obscure little film sound as if it concerns the hungry amblings of a tiger, it's actually a taut little horror entry concerning a blood-drinking tree which preys on the unwary visitors to an isolated island.

I caught this one on late night television in the early 1970s, and bits of it still stick with me, due to a certain nastiness in the effects work. Cameron Mitchell seems to be a researcher who is studying a bizarre tree which literally drains the life from anyone unwise enough to sleep within groping distance of its slim, mobile branches.

Constructed like a willow, the creature is capable of extending whiplike branches and fastening a cuplike sucking "mouth" to a victim. From there on, things are strictly downhill.

Not strictly a carbon copy of other "plants gone bad" films, such as THE WOMAN EATER or NAVY VS. THE NIGHT MONSTERS, ISLA reflects the stronger attempts many European producers were attempting in order to draw in the jaded horror film crowd. Over the years, this desire to punch up the graphic content resulted in such unique entries as the Blind Dead series and the deja-producing BLOOD AND BLACK LACE.

Needless to say, though creepiness was evoked, the inclusion of stronger content or wilder plot tricks didn't necessarily ensure boxoffice success.

Not Mitchell's worse, but miles below the early promise he showed in his film career.

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