1966 British sci-fi/horror flick starring Peter Cushing
, set on a small island which is besieged by "Silicates," bizarre critters with tentacles that kill their victims by sucking their skeletons out. Cushing plays pathologist Brian Stanley, who along with hunky colleague David West and West's girlfriend Toni Merrill, travels to remote Petrie's Island to investigate said monsters, which were accidentally created by reclusive cancer researcher Dr. Phillips. The things reproduce via mitosis and will soon overrun the island, forcing Stanley and West, with help from local doctor Reginald Landers, to race against time to find a means of destroying them.
Not related to Terror Island
Tropes used in this film:
- An Axe to Grind
- Anyone Can Die: Dr. Landers, a main character for the first half of the film (to the point where he's almost a Decoy Protagonist), dies at about the middle mark. Stanley himself almost falls prey to this trope, but some quick thinking on West's part (and an ax) saves 'im.
- Apocalyptic Log: Dr. Phillips' notes.
- Body Horror: All those boneless corpses.
- Chekhov's Classroom: The seemingly innocuous conversation Phillips and his assistant have at the beginning.
- Ditto Phillips' notes, which mention both the missing Great Dane and the fact it got an accidental dose of Strontium-90. The scene of the main characters discussing all of this is very brief, however, so if you don't pay attention you're liable to wonder about the significance of the dead dog Dunley finds. Fortunately, Stanley is there to remind us.
- Chekhov's Gun: The axe in the mansion. It's glimpsed a few times before Landers uses it in a failed attempt to kill a Silicate.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: After Stanley leaves the axe by the front door, it's forgotten about until West needs to use it to cut off Stanley's hand to save him.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: The missing dog alluded to in Phillips' notes. Also doubles as Chekhov's Classroom since it's only mentioned when West and Stanley are going over the notes.
- Closed Circle: Not only are they on an island, but a boat only comes once a week and the helicopter that flew them there has to leave early on.
- Combat Tentacles
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: Several characters just have to go and see what that weird noise is.
- Dangerous Windows
- Darkness Equals Death: Which is why Genre Savvy Stanley turns the lights on!
- Deadpan Snarker: Stanley.
- Dirty Coward: Halsey.
- The End... Or Is It?: The ending scene involving the Japanese scientist.
- Foreshadowing: The opening scene has Phillips' assistant Carson asking if they should wait for the teams in other countries to coordinate their experiments.
- It's mentioned early and often how the island is pretty much cut off from the rest of the world.
- Also the faulty generator and the flickering lights it causes.
- For Science!
- Genre Savvy: The characters (at least the main characters) go out of their way to avoid many dangerous situations, almost never split up when they can help it, and when they first entire the dark and scary mansion, one of the first things they do is turn on all the lights instead of continuing to wander around in the dark.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Before the takeoff, our three leads have this... odd discussion:
: What the devil did Napoleon do on that island of his to keep himself busy? West
: He invented solitaire. Toni
] I have a much better game in mind. Stanley
: Can three play
[West smirks and shakes his head
] Fascinating game, solitaire
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The scientists were looking for a cure for cancer.
- Immune to Bullets: And dynamite. And Molotov cocktails. And axes. And... pretty much anything really.
- Island of Mystery: The Silicates' island.
- Hell Is That Noise: The Silicates' weird electronic warbling.
- Horror Hunger
- Life or Limb Decision: See Anyone Can Die above.
- The Load: Toni.
- Mad Scientist: Averted. Dr. Phillips is a perfectly well-intentioned, albeit careless, scientist working for the betterment of humanity.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: West and Stanley more or less take over towards the end, doing all the important stuff, while the ostensible actual head of the island, Campbell, is relegated to a supporting role.
- My Car Hates Me: Your typical "engine stalls during a monster attack" scenario.
- Officer O'Hara: Constable Harris has some traits of this. It's okay, though, since the movie is set in Ireland, after all.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: The Silicates.
- Phlebotinum Muncher
- Picky People Eater
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Island "boss" Roger Campbell.
- Science Marches On: West's speech at the end of the film basically boils down to this.
- Silicon-Based Life: The Silicates.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Where did Dunley disappear to during the climax?
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