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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 »

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Juan Piquer Simón (as J. Piquer Simon)

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Ron Gantman (as R. Gantman), Joaquín Grau (as J. Grau) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Terence Stamp ... Taskinar / Skinner
Peter Cushing ... William T. Kolderup
Ian Sera ... Jeff Morgan
David Hatton ... Professor Thomas Artelect
Gasphar Ipua Gasphar Ipua ... Carefinatu
Blanca Estrada Blanca Estrada ... Dominique Blanchard
Ana Obregón ... Meg Hollaney / Meg Calderón
Frank Braña ... Birling
Paul Naschy ... Flynt
Gérard Tichy ... Capt. Turkott
Manuel Pereiro
Daniel Martín
Luis Barboo
Jorge Bosso Jorge Bosso ... (as George Bosso)
Ioshio Murakami Ioshio Murakami ... The Chinaman
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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>

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On an island forgotten by time, perilous adventure awaits!


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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 April 1981 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery on Monster Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Blanca Estrada, Ana Obregon, and Gasphar Ipua are all dubbed, as are many of the supporting actors. See more »

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It's been over for 5 hours and I'm still aghast...
8 June 2003 | by lesmarsdenSee all my reviews

"It's the worst movie ever" is an oft-used phrase. "It's a real turkey" has just about lost its punch. How about this for a plug line: "MONSTER ISLAND isn't a movie; it's punishment for a lifetime of horrible deeds."

I taped it for my 6-year-old son and we just got through watching the thing; I had to have a bath afterwards in case any stray remnants of this cheesy, inept, incompetently-directed, over-the-top spectacularly bad acting, ill-conceived design, Jules-Verne-insulting, direct-attack-on-filmmaking pile managed to shoot through the pixels and land on me. The looping was apparently done by performers for whom 'human' is a second language. Truly excellent actors Peter Cushing and Terence Stamp were fortunate because while top-billed, they barely had any screen time at all. I'm still floored by having to witness one of the most baroquely florid and horrendously just plain bad performances in the history of cinema: that of the estimable David Hatton as Professor Artelect. It all makes sense in a way: he must have been the title Monster; his victim the acting profession.

In summation, this is a reprehensibly dreadful z-budget debacle. Suffice it to say my young son found it unbelievably bad and he's about as easy an audience as they come. Don't just avoid this one: work hard to help find a cure for it.


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