3.4/10
606
27 user 17 critic

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 »

Director:

(as J. Piquer Simon)

Writers:

(as R. Gantman), (as J. Grau) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A slave hunter attacks a ship on sea in which six girls are on their way to Australia. They succeed in escaping and are being picked up by a whaler.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Ian Sera, Patty Shepard, Frank Braña
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

An aging magician harboring a terrible occult secret and his daughter are taken hostage in their isolated mansion by teenage scumbags need- ing a place to hide out. When the captors refuse ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Frank Finlay, Marcia Layton, Luis Fernando Alvés
Guerra sucia (1984)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Paul, a mercenary in Africa, decides that he can no longer work for the Organization because of their brutal tactics. But the evil Organization refused to release him, and Paul finds that he must fight his way out.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Pierre Oudrey, Carole James, Frank Braña
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young woman and bathing in their blood.

Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

A young boy in the woods discovers a lovable alien...or is it?

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Ian Sera, Nina Ferrer, Susanna Bequer
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

At a carnival called the Garden of Evil, a man is murdered, apparently by a gorilla...or someone in a gorilla suit.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Superhero Kronos, from a distant galaxy, tangles with mad scientist Cameron Mitchell over the fate of mankind.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Antonio Cantafora, Cameron Mitchell, José Luis Ayestarán
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Paul Naschy plays a supporting role as a deranged gravedigger in this zombie movie, set in a small highland village in 19th-century Scotland, where a stranger's arrival to claim an ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Merino
Stars: Stelvio Rosi, Maria Pia Conte, Dyanik Zurakowska
Slugs (1988)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Killer slugs on the rampage in a rural community.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale
Fantasy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An evil magician seeks to gain power by obtaining a magic rose. A peasant boy and a prince join forces to stop him.

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Christopher Lee, Milo O'Shea, Oliver Tobias
The Rift (1990)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

An experimental submarine, the "Siren II", is sent to find out what happened to the "Siren I", which has mysteriously disappeared in a submarine rift. Things go awry when they begin to find... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Jack Scalia, R. Lee Ermey, Ray Wise
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

When Captain Murphy is attacked by two thieves, the unemployed sailor Bob recovers his money, and in return, the captain hires Bob to work in his ship. In a storm, they leave the vessel and... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Rubén Gálvez, Mirian Cramer, Cris Huerta
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Taskinar / Skinner
...
William T. Kolderup
Ian Sera ...
Jeff Morgan
David Hatton ...
Professor Thomas Artelect
Gasphar Ipua ...
Carefinatu
Blanca Estrada ...
Dominique Blanchard
Ana Obregón ...
Meg Hollaney / Meg Calderón
Frank Braña ...
Birling
...
Flynt
Gérard Tichy ...
Capt. Turkott
Manuel Pereiro
Daniel Martín
Luis Barboo
Jorge Bosso ...
(as George Bosso)
Ioshio Murakami ...
The Chinaman
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

On an island forgotten by time, perilous adventure awaits!


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 April 1981 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's 'Mystery on Monster Island'  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Blanca Estrada, Ana Obregon, and Gasphar Ipua are all dubbed, as are many of the supporting actors. See more »

Connections

Edited into Manoa, the City of Gold (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wow... So much assurance from the would-be critics...
29 June 2007 | by (Rick's Cafe) – See all my reviews

Let me begin by saying that I had read Jules Verne's original source novel BEFORE seeing this movie... and the source is NOT "The Mysterious Island", as most of the would-be intellectuals who reviewed the film would make you believe.

While "L'Ile Mysterieuse" ("The Mysterious Island") was written in 1874, the source of this film is actually "L'École des Robinsons" (which could be translated as "The Robinson School"), first published in 1882... and the entire "plot twist" criticized by the others before me is actually Jules Verne's original idea... it seems he used the "plot twist" before M. Night Shyamalan! Seriously, people... this is a fantasy, a farce, lighten up! Jules Verne himself was winking at his readers throughout the pages of his novel, and the movie only took it further. Since I knew the source of the film, it was a great fun ride to watch a retelling by a director who thought his viewers would laugh with him, not at him (probably just as foolishly as Ed Wood, but that's another story!) I enjoyed this bizarre flick, it was just as fun as some Russian fantasy movies I'd seen as a child, except that it had the brazen attitude of a more adult-oriented fare, but without becoming a "Gwendoline"...

Also, movies are not created and do not exist in a void. When this film was released, in 1981, the era of the blockbuster was not yet upon us, Reagan and Thatcher had just been sworn in, and the Cold War was entering its fourth decade, flaring up again... The great era of the '70s, which had given us so many introspective and serious movies, was over, and people felt they needed more comedies, even hysterical comedies. It all probably started with "Airplane!" in 1980, and the ball just rolled on. There was at least one other title that came out in 1981, blending comedy, spoof and horror as a perfect companion for "Monster Island" - I'm thinking of "Saturday the 14th"...

All in all, the criticisms leveled here don't surprise me. Truly, it's probably not the kind of film appreciated in the U.S. culture.


20 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Literary source for the movie XPogaX
Monster Island (1981) finjica13
Discuss Mystery on Monster Island (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?