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Terror in the Tropics (2006)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror | Video 31 January 2006
Terror in the Tropics is a loving tribute to Poverty Row studios of the 1930s and 1940s and stars Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr.. Feisty reporter Roz Darrow and photographer... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vitus Tesla (archive footage)
Mr. Wong (archive footage)
Lyle Talbot (archive footage)
Armand Tesla
Rosalind Darrow
Jeffrey Barker ...
Count Vega
Kimberly Hannold ...
Mary Ankers
Grant Gardner
Detective Mike Flanigan
Leo Dymowski ...
Ace Zucco
Marian L. Clatterbaugh ...
Edna Oliver
Dave Ellis ...
George Carradine
Rachel Hannah Ellis ...
Angelina Weston
Molly Franz ...
Lucy Weston
Polly Lynn ...
Madame Ouspenskaya


Terror in the Tropics is a loving tribute to Poverty Row studios of the 1930s and 1940s and stars Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr.. Feisty reporter Roz Darrow and photographer Ace Zucco travel aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise with the lovely Mary Ankers, who has been left an inheritance by a mysterious benefactor. The reading of the will takes place on the mysterious Fog Island. As their ocean journey progresses, they encounter a half-drowned sailor who tells a strange tale of Skull Island! Written by Melissa Miller

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Poverty Row returns to the Silver Screen


Adventure | Horror


Not Rated




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31 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Terrible! Horrible! Unwatchable Garbage!
28 May 2006 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

This isn't "so bad it's good"--It's "so bad, it violates the Geneva Convention's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment"! Only by reading the Synopsis can you even figure out the "plot" of this Straight to Video disaster. It's a hodge-podge of grainy stock footage spliced together with some of the all-time worst acting you'll ever have the misfortune to see. Comparing this incompetent, turgid, humorless mess to "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" is like saying that "Gigli" is like "Citizen Kane". The talentless cast are costumed in cheap, J.C. Penney "Goin' to Church" clothes, and there isn't the slightest attempt at period hairstyles or make-up. If you really want to see how this sort of "homage" can work, check out "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra"--It's clever, well-written, and best of all, performed by actual actors who aren't such agony to watch. For that matter, seek out the work of Phoenix artist Paul Wilson whose Sci-Fi short "The Attack of the 70 foot Courtesy Lady" leaves this film in the dust. The people in Terror In the Tropics look and sound like they were pulled off the street and given their scripts to read during the one and only take. This is an insult to Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, and anyone else involved in the films they cannibalized to make this schlock-fest! Money isn't the problem--A lot can be accomplished with very little expense. A good script, decent actors, and above Z-Grade costumes and production design should have been a given before the so-called director created this stinky pile of cinematic offal. Let's hope the "promise" of a sequel doesn't come true--That was by far the scariest thing shown in the whole movie!!

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