Island Of Terror
Release Date: 20 October
1966 | PG | 83 minutes | £ 22.99 ( Blu- ray)/£ 14.99 ( DVD) The spirit of John Wyndham looms large over Dracula director Terence Fisher’s sci- fi invasion flick. Scientists have been dicking around with a potential cure for cancer ( those irresponsible fools!) but have accidentally spawned a race of near- indestructible “silicates” – dirty great woodlice that can turn your bones to jelly. Peter Cushing leads a group of boffins to the titular island to find out more and get chased and that.
A touch sluggish, Island Of Terror at least has the benefit of good monsters. There’s something pleasingly relentless about the silicates, and the slimy way they replicate is authentically gross. Quaint rather than creepy, it’s still fun, though the hints at global disaster are sadly never explored.
Extras: An image gallery, a trailer and a booklet. Will Salmon