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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)

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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 ... 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 ... 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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Crime | Thriller

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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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A somewhat tedious early Italian crime film
25 May 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This forgettable Italian potboiler is titled rather misleadingly to make us believe that this could be a horror film. The presence of the star-billed horror icon Boris Karloff only further cements this notion. But the sad reality is that this is a very plodding crime film as opposed to cheesetastic horror schlock. Set on an island just off the Italian mainland, it follows a policeman who is dispatched there to root out a gang of drug peddlers who operate in the vicinity. Once he arrives there a young child is kidnapped by the gangsters adding a further dimension to the criminality at play.

Starting with the positives, this one does have an attractive location and it is interesting to see an early example of Italian genre cinema. So it does have some distinctive elements which set it apart from a lot of other similar types of movies from the period. However, it does have to be said that this one is resolutely lacking in excitement at all levels. This really shouldn't be so, given the set-up but to say that the potential in the material is never maximised is unfortunately no understatement. While it is nice to see Karloff, in truth he doesn't really add a lot to this one either. The most interesting character was the dog to be perfectly honest. In summary, this one is pretty much a misfire and mainly only has historical interest I would say.


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