Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Island Of Terror (1966)

Starring Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray, Eddie Byrne, Sam Kydd
Directed by Terence Fisher
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

On an island off the coast of Ireland, a doctor discovers a body completely devoid of bones, and flies in a couple of specialists, who learn the creatures responsible were created in a laboratory accident.

This is just a really fun movie, craftily directed by horror veteran Terence Fisher, with many suspenseful scenes, worthy creature effects, and a number of witty lines for Cushing.  The creatures' design seems to be something of a homage to The War Of The Worlds, as they strongly resemble the Martian spaceships in that film.  Although they would probably be considered somewhat crude by today's special effects standards, they certainly work well within the film as designed, accompanied by a clever unnerving sound effect.

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