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Island Of Terror

A taut (and especially so around the budgetary purse-strings) little tale from Planet Films (the company which Mancunian Films turned into at some point during the 2950s) of radioactive cancer research on a remote Hebridean island giving rise to bone- sucking “sillicates” – slug-like creatures made from solid minerals. Cue extensive nuclear lab research from Peter Cushing and companion, donning distinctly condom-like full-body radiation suits before laboriously unlocking vaults full of Plutonium samples. Hasn’t exactly translated well down the decades, that sort of stuff, and it’s not helped by the director filming the suiting-up scene in one long, looong continuous take, with no cutaways, giving the ostensibly serious Brave Men of Science scene a comic ponderousness.

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