Directed by Jack Perez
Written by Adam Glass and Jack Perez
Starring Daniel Letterle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chelan Simmons, Carmen Electra, Adam West, C. Ernst Harth, Alana Husband, La La Anthony, and Nick Carter
The horror movies of the 1950s have a certain cachet, not as exemplary films but as enjoyably cheesy. It’s a nostalgia thing, and it’s no surprise that filmmakers like Larry Blamire have used that as inspiration for their own efforts. Capturing that feeling of how we think movies were is a delicate task, and what is intended as homage can come of as misinformed, disingenuous, and cynical. By way of example, I give you the MTV production, Monster Island.
Islands are the perfect location for conducting unsanctioned experiments. Little unwanted intrusion, no pesky cel towers, and definitely no inquisitive constabulary. Sure, the shipping costs for supplies are outrageous, but isn’t that worth it for isolation and controlled conditions?
Of course, mad science is never well-controlled. The real importance of an island is so that the characters are trapped. It’s a cheap but effective way to limit their options for escape, assistance, defense, or armaments. Throw in a volcano, and you’re guaranteed a sense of urgency for the finale!
This month we celebrate the mixture of science fiction, horror, and beachfront property. There will be a few topical (tropical?) reviews, some recommendations for further exploration of the theme, and maybe a few related surprises. So join us this month, as we take a 30-day tour of island laboratories. It’ll be more fun than getting beaned by a coconut!
Recommended Films About Island Experiments
She Demons Lobby Cards
Mite-y Movie Mention
Mysterious Island (1961)