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Monster Island (2004)

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Six friends win a vacation to the Bermuda Triangle and become trapped with only an MTV Crew to help keep them alive. They have to rescue Carmen Electra escape while they all battle the monsters on Monster Island.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Electra ... Herself
Daniel Letterle ... Josh
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Maddy
La La Anthony ... Herself (as Alani 'La La' Vazquez)
Nick Carter ... Himself
Adam West ... Dr. Harryhausen
C. Ernst Harth ... Eightball
Cascy Beddow Cascy Beddow ... Andy
Joe MacLeod ... Stack
Chelan Simmons ... Jen
Chris Harrison Chris Harrison ... Chase
Alana Husband ... Lil Mindi
Jeff Geddis ... G.T.
Bruce James ... Bob Staton
Phillip Mitchell ... Mombata Leader (as Phil Mitchell)
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Six friends win a vacation to the Bermuda Triangle and become trapped with only an MTV Crew to help keep them alive. They have to rescue Carmen Electra escape while they all battle the monsters on Monster Island.

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Rated PG for language, violence and sensuality
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Official Sites:

MTV Movie Website

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isla misteriosa See more »

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| (DVD)

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Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Adam West's character was named after Ray Harryhausen who is known for his stop-animation. See more »

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Dr. Harryhausen: You kids shouldn't be horsing around out here.
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Also listed in the cast credits are the monsters: The Queen, Ms. Mantis, Mr. Mantis, Piranha Man, The Soldier, The Spider, and Rudy. See more »

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References Survivor (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake Your Coconuts
Written and Performed by Junior Senior
Courtesy of Crunchy Frog Recordings, Universal Music and Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Fun, campy adventure
28 August 2014 | by WuchakSee all my reviews

Released to TV in 2004, "Monster Island" is a fun, campy adventure with intentionally bad non-special effects that combines elements of movies like 1961's "Mysterious Island," "King Kong," "The Land that Time Forgot" and "Scooby-Doo" (but without the dog); it pokes fun at the stop-motion effects from decades ago and even has a character named after stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen, played by Adam West.

I'm surprised at the bad reviews, which shows these people didn't "get it," because "Monster Island" delivers the goods in practically every department. For one, the adventure story works even though it's obviously not to be taken too serious; it's just serious enough. Secondly, the cast is great, which includes an excellent assortment of women -- cutie Chelan Simmons, blond dancer Jana Berengel, Carmen Electra, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, etc. And, thirdly, a notable score and soundtrack (including the main song "Jungle Fever" sung by Carmen). Really, everything just clicks for a highly entertaining, fun adventure movie.

Around the mid-point I realized that I had stumbled on to something special with the introduction of Dr. Harryhausen's ugly-but-cute pet Rudy and the subsequent nigh-moving scene between Dr. Harryhausen and Maddy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The way Maddy starts to morph into the queen (or goddess) of the Matambas due to the tribal necklace is another highlight.

Some might argue that it's crazy to give a film like "Monster Island" such a high rating, but I'm grading it according to what it is and what it aspires to achieve: "Monster Island" is a campy TV-movie with intentionally bad F/X and a fun adventure story, which is taken just serious enough. With this in mind, it's superlative on practically every level and, in my opinion, is more entertaining than "Goonies," the two "Scooby-Doo" movies, "At the Earth's Core" (which isn't saying much, lol) and even "Star Wars" (yes, there are some Star Wars elements). In other words, I'd happily watch "Monster Island" before any of these five movies.

The film was shot in British Columbia and runs 92 minutes.

GRADE: A


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