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Mystery on Monster Island (1981)

Misterio en la isla de los monstruos (original title)
A young European boy living in San Francisco is reluctant to marry his long-term girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a ... See full summary »

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(as J. Piquer Simon)

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(as R. Gantman), (as J. Grau) | 2 more credits »
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William T. Kolderup
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Jeff Morgan
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Professor Thomas Artelect
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Birling
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Flynt
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A young European boy living in San Francisco is reluctant to marry his long-term girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a global expedition aboard his ship, but en route the boy and his travelling companion are shipwrecked on a remote island, populated by countless prehistoric creatures as well as gold-hunting bandits. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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On an island forgotten by time, perilous adventure awaits!


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3 April 1981 (Spain)  »

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Jules Verne's 'Mystery on Monster Island'  »

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A Spanish-US co-production (copyright 1980), and the only film to feature both Peter Cushing and Paul Naschy, the latter only in for a cameo appearance. See more »

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Edited into Manoa, la ciudad de oro (1999) See more »

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Ludicrous and grating
31 March 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I rented this from the online DVD rental service I regularly use, and the back of the DVD sleeve said that the movie lasted only 84 minutes. When I started watching the movie, it didn't take long for me to feel in pain. I kept telling myself, "It's only 84 minutes long." But the DVD sleeve was wrong - the movie lasted an additional 20 minutes or so. So you can imagine how I felt by the end of the movie.

The movie goes wrong in almost every way you can think of. There is the script, for example. It's pretty dumb throughout, but near the end of the movie there is a ludicrous twist that makes less and less sense the more you think about what happened before that twist happened. Even more unbearable was the character of the professor. He is so whiny, so blubbering, that I wanted to ram my fist into my TV screen every time the movie focused on him.

As for the special effects... they are pretty low tech when compared to effects from Hollywood movies, even with Hollywood movies made as the same time as this movie. However, when you consider this movie had a pretty low budget, they aren't THAT bad - I got the sense they effects artists were trying pretty hard with what they got.


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