Daily Archives: April 15, 2020

Horror Films A to Z ~ Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island

Year: 2010
Runtime: 1h 31m
Director: Mark Sheppard
Writer: Sholom Gelt, Cameron Larson, Jules Verne
Stars: Gina Holden, Lochlyn Munro, Pruitt Taylor Vince

The likeliest group of travelers meet in the strangest way. A few become a tight group as they fight to stay alive in a world unlike they have ever seen.

Initial: I was in the mood for a creature feature. Just Watch said that The Meg (2018) was available on hoopla, but Just Watch sometimes has problems distinguishing between ebooks, soundtracks, and movies. Hoopla had the two former, but not the latter. Reluctant to pay for The Meg, I settled for Mysterious Island (2010). I expected it to be along the lines of 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth: dumb CGI fun. (I did *not* mistake it for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012).)

Production Notes: $2,500,000 budget, which is $500,000 more than the 1961 adaptation. (via IMDB)

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) I have a tender place in my heart for the 1961 version with its brash Bernard Herrmann score and Ray Harryhausen stop-motion monsters. The ridiculous clumsiness of the giant chickens is perfectly balanced with the blood-thirstiness of chickens who’ve decided you’re a tasty bug…

I was not prepared for how low-budget this movie is…  (I should have watched the trailer first.)

I haven’t read the Verne book, but in some ways this movie might be closer to it than the giant-chickens-and-crabs version, but its also bogged down with a time-travel/Bermuda Triangle plot that I guess was supposed to make it more appealing to a modern audience. But sadly, there were no creatures in this feature.