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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
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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 

Produced by
George Ferrer .... producer
Ernst R. von Theumer .... producer
Original Music by
Antón García Abril  (as A. Garcia Abril)
José Muñoz Molleda 
Cinematography by
Juan Mariné 
Cecilio Paniagua 
Film Editing by
Antonio Cánovas 
Siegfrid Krämer (German version)
Art Direction by
Francisco Canet 
Set Decoration by
Francisco Canet 
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 .... photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Pedrola .... tailor
Other crew
Jose M. Baldasano .... contable
Maria Dolores Proubasta .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

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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Have you watered your plants today?, 11 August 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

It's always quite a painful and embarrassing establishment having to admit after watching a movie that the opening credits were, in fact, the best part. My mate and I got suckered into watching this Spanish/German co-production because of the appealing title in English – "Man Eater of Hydra" – and because we saw a little preview of the credits, which are animated and really look like a lot of fun. The film itself, unfortunately, never at one point surpasses the level of mediocrity, but it's still very endurable in case you're a tolerant fan of cheap 60's Euro-exploitation and/or an admirer of the charismatic B-movie villain Cameron Mitchell. I was quite intrigued to discover here on the IMDb that director Mel Welles also co-directed the Roger Corman vehicle "Little Shop of Horrors" (albeit unaccredited), as that particular no- budget classic actually has fairly many components in common with this "Man Eater of Hydra". With a slight bit of imagination, this film could even have been titled "Little Shop on Horror Island", because it likewise deals with murderous plants on a rampage. An assembly of stereotypical, and thus very dim-witted, tourists goes on an excursion to Baron Von Weser's island to visit the famous botanical gardens. Immediately upon their arrival, the witness the gruesome death of one of the Baron's servants, but he assures the group that this man was ill since a very long time already. Still, the cadavers start piling up and all the blood has been drained from their bodies. The stupider guests begin to believe in the old legend of a vampire living on the island, but the smarter ones gradually discover that the Baron is secretly experiencing with crossbreeding flesh-eating plants. "Man Eater of Hydra" is slow-paced and cheaply produced, but it could still be entertaining if you watch it with the right mindset. Instead of anticipating suspense and bloody carnage, please yourself with spotting all silly dialogs and obligatory horror clichés, like thunderstorms and grisly looking servants. The film could also be discovered as some sort of homage to those typical "Mad Scientist" horror movies of the 30's and 40's, in which the role of evil genius on his private island was standard played by either Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. From that point of view, Cameron Mitchell was a terrific choice to play the Baron, as he always drags this sinister aura around with him. And hey, even if you end up hating the film, at least admit that the crazy animated opening credits were fantastic.

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