Not One Of Cushing's Best


Bought it on Blu Ray and have to say that I was very disappointed. Hardly any horror, and more like a cross between Dr Who and Quatermass. Being a BIG Peter Cushing fan, it really pains me to have to say this, but I honestly think that Island of Terror is definitely not one of Cushing's best. Pity, as the Blu Ray picture quality was glorious.

Anyway, I am selling it on ebay (min bid £8.00).

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Its a pretty dull movie.

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I think it's one of those movies that will appeal to the older audience who watched it on late night TV as a kid, like I did.

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I agree. I'm watching it now, but I got it due to childhood memories....And Cushing.

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The picture quality is the best thing about the film. It's just been premiered on UK TV Horror Channel. But I think it is one of the worst Peter Cushing films that I have ever seen unfortunately. Along with 'Incense For The Damned' (AKA 'Bloodsuckers').

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legend of 7 golden vampires is worse

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Well guys, he couldn't play Holmes or Van Helsing in EVERY movie, geez. I think this is one of Cushing's best since it is such an unusual story with creepy creatures dealt with in a serious manner by the protaganists.

Cushing's Dr. Stanley even gets to make a slight pass at the female and male lead for a menage-a-trois!:

Toni Merrill: "I have a MUCH better game than solitaire in mind..."
Dr. Stanley: "Can three play?"
(Dr. West and Toni Merrill both grin and shake heads in the negative.)
Dr. Stanley: "Fascinating game, solitaire!"

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"This place gives me the creeps-let's get outta here!"

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UK actors have generally different sensibilities -- and a different career path -- from their US counterparts. Compared to contemporary American stars (or foreign actors appearing in big Hollywood productions), they're more like the players from the studio era; they're working-class actors.

But a big difference is that most of them have honed their craft with extensive stage experience (and will often continue in theatre after finding film/TV success), and their talent will shine even in lesser projects. Cushing was an amazing example of this; he always brought his best game, even to goofy stuff like IOT (and I say that with love, being like many folks here a "monster kid" having great childhood memories of the film). He was often described as just a simple guy who loved his wife, smoked too much, and treated acting as a decent job he felt lucky to have.

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It may not be his best, but its far from his worst.

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Toni: "I have a MUCH better game than solitaire in mind..."
Dr. Stanley (Cushing): "Can three play?"
(Dr. West and Toni both grin and shake heads in the negative).
Dr. Stanley: "Fascinating game, solitaire!"


I see I'm not the only one who noted this amusing exchange.

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Not One Of Cushing's Best


I agree that “Island of Terror” isn't one of Cushing's best. It was made by the same short-lived company that released the similar “Island of the Burning Damned” a year later (also known as “Night of the Big Heat”), both featuring Cushing and directed by Terence Fisher. It walks the balance beam between sci-fi and horror and should be appreciated by fans of Cushing, Hammer, Amicus, Tigon and American International.

Unfortunately, unlike that sister film, it lacks much human interest and the creatures are shown too early and too much in the light of day. I suppose it doesn’t help that Carole Gray isn’t on the level of Jane Merrow in the feminine department, but she’s a’right.

Still, if you must see every Cushing flick, this one starts with a compelling first act and is solid mid-60’s Brit sci-fi/horror. It just gets dull by the second half.

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