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The Island Monster (1954)

Il mostro dell'isola (original title)
Approved | | Crime , Thriller | 1957 (USA)
An Italian government agent is assigned to break up a drug smuggling ring on the island of Ischia but his daughter is kidnapped by the gang.

Director:

Roberto Bianchi Montero (as Roberto Montero)

Writers:

Roberto Bianchi Montero (as Roberto Montero), Carlo Lombardo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Don Gaetano
Franca Marzi Franca Marzi ... Gloria D'Auro (as Frana Marzi)
Renato Vicario Renato Vicario ... Ten. Mario Andreani
Patrizia Remiddi Patrizia Remiddi ... Fiorella Andreani (as Patricia Remiddi)
Jole Fierro Jole Fierro ... Giulia
Carlo Duse Carlo Duse ... Foster
Germana Paolieri Germana Paolieri ... Adalgisa
Giuseppe Chinnici Giuseppe Chinnici ... Maresciallo Antonio Carcani
Giulio Battiferri Giulio Battiferri ... Il rapitore
Domenico De Nimmo Domenico De Nimmo ... Uomo di Pozzuoli
Clara Gamberini Clara Gamberini ... La contessa
Salvatore Scibetta Salvatore Scibetta ... Col. Della Finanza
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Addobbati Giuseppe Addobbati ... Direttore 'Sirena'
Gianni Breschi Gianni Breschi
Bruna Camerini Bruna Camerini
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An Italian government agent is assigned to break up a drug smuggling ring on the island of Ischia but his daughter is kidnapped by the gang.

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Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island Monster See more »

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Production Co:

Romana Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mostly dire stuff, even Karloff can't save it
28 August 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Three things do bring The Island Monster up a few notches, the title sequence music, the very well-trained dog and the picturesque locations. And The Island Monster while one of Boris Karloff's worst films is at least better than the Mexican films he made towards the end of his career, then again pretty much anything is better than those. But sadly even Karloff can't save it, he does try to bring some menace and dignity to his role but the film pretty much wastes him, he's not very well used and he doesn't even use his own distinctive voice. The rest of the acting is not much better, there is a lack of involvement and it is an acting style that belongs to another type of film really. The dubbing is atrocious, just as bad as the dubbing for films riffed on MST3K, it is true that the kidnapped girl sounds much older than she is and it's jarring. The photography is not particularly fluid and never does anything interesting. While the titles sequence music is great, the music is far too sparsely used and ponderous to make an impression generally. The dialogue is terrible throughout, made even less believable by how it's delivered, while the horror elements are very diluted(to the extent actually that there's hardly any), making the story incredibly plodding and non-eventful most of the time. Nothing suspenseful or exciting to be seen here. The characters are underwritten, poorly explored and unimaginative. So overall, a mostly dire film, there are a few redeeming elements but it is one rare occurrence where Karloff is not one of them but through no fault of his own. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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