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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>
I remember seeing this film on the Sci-Fi channel. I noticed that it had Peter Cushing in it, and I thought "Ah, a Peter Cushing movie I haven't seen. I'll tape it". What a mistake!
Firstly, poor old Peter is hardly in it at all. Secondly, Terence Stamp is also billed, but also barely gets a look in. Thirdly, it's so cheap and tacky that even if they were in it for longer, it would still be unendurable. The monsters on Monster Island look like something that got rejected from an episode of Doctor Who for being too unconvincing. The plot is just a modest variation of The Lost World, but rather than a plateau in the middle of the Amazon, the action occurs on an island in the middle of uncharted waters.
The director Simon has made some bad movies (Pieces springs to mind), but this is still a good bet for one of his worst. It may entertain very young kids, but for anyone over the age of 8 it just looks too fake. For any over the age of 18, it simply hasn't got an interesting enough storyline.
Sorry Cushing fans, this one's not worth the effort.
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