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Island of Terror (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 1 February 1967 (USA)
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An isolated remote island community is threatened by an attack by tentacled silicates which liquefy and digest bone and tissue.

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Terence Fisher

Writers:

Edward Mann (original story) (as Edward Andrew Mann), Al Ramsen (original story) (as Allan Ramsen) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Brian Stanley
Edward Judd ... Dr. David West
Carole Gray ... Toni Merrill
Eddie Byrne ... Dr. Reginald Landers
Sam Kydd ... Constable John Harris
Niall MacGinnis ... Mr. Roger Campbell
James Caffrey ... Peter Argyle
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Ian Bellows
Roger Heathcott Roger Heathcott ... Dunley
Keith Bell ... Halsey
Margaret Lacey Margaret Lacey ... Old Woman (as Margaret Lacy)
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ... Morton
Peter Forbes-Robertson Peter Forbes-Robertson ... Dr. Lawrence Phillips (as Peter Forbes Robertson)
Richard Bidlake Richard Bidlake ... Carson
Joyce Hemson Joyce Hemson ... Mrs. Bellows
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Storyline

A small island community is overrun with creeping, blobbish, tentacled monsters which liquefy and digest the bones from living creatures. The community struggles to fight back. Written by Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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They lived by eating human bones... and threatened to consume the world! See more »

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Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Silicates See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Planet Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In the French version (post-synchronized) Edward Judd is dubbed by Jean-Claude Michel / Visa d'exploitation en France : #38125 See more »

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When the silicate slides down the back of the car and thereafter seems to hide from the woman's scream and the approaching men rushing over to investigate, it doesn't need to. Later shown to be impervious to axes, bullets, fire bombs and dynamite, men pose no threat. Hiding, with the suggestion of laying in wait to catch a human meal off-guard (or fleeing for protection), defies the single-cell mentality of this unstoppable eating machine. See more »

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Dr. Brian Stanley: What the devil did Napoleon do on that island of his to keep himself busy?
Dr. David West: He invented solitaire.
Toni Merrill: [suggestively] I've a much better game in mind.
Dr. Brian Stanley: Can three play?
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Star Trek Stole These "Silicates" for Devil In The Dark!
21 November 2004 | by charlescurtis2See all my reviews

Horta! Yes, maybe they honestly never saw this film, and maybe the Startrek writers never imagined a short, round silica based life form that dissolved bones with injected acids, and ate minerals for food... But you gotta admit, it is a GREAT idea for a monster!

Seriously, I voted a 10 for this movie, because, I have the VHS version, want a remake for DVD with enhanced, synthetic stereo sound. My rating is not based on just how well the movie scared the crud out of me when I was a kid, but that it still gives me the creeps, and that sucking, slurping noise is enough to scare anybody! Hardly a week goes by that I don't miss seeing movies like this, and others like Forbidden Planet, Fiend Without A Face (great sounds, too!) and other classic monster movies. Sure, I watched Dark Fury, and the just released Riddick 2 flick, and love them all, but I admire what it takes to make a film with NO budget, NO special effects (except a rubber silicate "jumping" out of a tree on top of a guy that just looks up and says "AAAAHHHHHHH!")and still pull off a film that made audiences afraid of the dark after the movie ended.

My vote... keeping the monster out of sight is better. Forbidden Planet did it with great results. Fiend Without A Face, also did a great job ( in fact, they would have been better off if they KEPT those brain/spine rubber things off the screen IMHO).

Finally, IMDb, my hats off to you for truly being the planets best source of movie info!


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