Is­land Of Ter­ror

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & blu- ray -

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

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