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Gorilla at Large/Mystery on Monster Island (1954)

Terence Stamp , Peter Cushing , Harmon Jones , Juan Piquer Simón  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Terence Stamp, Peter Cushing, Ian Sera, David Hatton, Gasphar Ipua
  • Directors: Harmon Jones, Juan Piquer Simón
  • Writers: Juan Piquer Simón, Barney Slater, Joaquín Grau, Jules Verne, Leonard Praskins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0GYBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gorilla at Large/Mystery on Monster Island" on IMDb

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Disc 1: GORILLA AT LARGE (1954) Disc 2: Mystery on Monster Island (1981)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORILLA AT LARGE..... September 17, 2007
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This review is for "Gorilla at Large", the reason I bought this disc. In 1954, the 3-D craze was at its' peak--especially with horror films and this included the gorilla movie as scare factor. 1954 saw "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" and "Gorilla at Large" pawing their way into theaters in 3-D and Technicolor, with better than average budgets. "Gorilla at Large" is set in a seedy carnival around a lurid sideshow called "The Garden of Evil" where beautiful trapeze star Mlle. LaVerne ( a young and beautiful Anne Bancroft paying her starlet dues) swings seductively over a gorilla pit where mankiller ape Goliath reaches for her, threatening to yank her down at any moment. LaVerne's troubled and hot-tempered husband (a stoic Raymond Burr) jealously oversees her act and LaVerne. He also manages the carnival. Two problematic things occur: a hunky new stuntman for LaVerne ( a young, hunky Cameron Mitchell) for a dangerous new thrill in her act and a brutal murder. The murder shuts the carnival down and brings in a hardnosed cop (Lee J. Cobb). Everyone suspects Goliath and his sinister trainer when another murder occurs. But there's more than meets the eye in the "Garden of Evil". This is a well made, enjoyable thriller with two gorillas. One a stunt man in a bad gorilla suit and the other being Goliath. The stunt man is supposed to step in at key moments in LaVerne's act when the ape gets too close to thrill the audience. The carnival atmosphere is colorful, lurid and vivid. The acting is above par as is the cast---a young Lee Marvin has a comedy relief role as a dumb lanky cop. The 3-D effects are noticable with Goliath and the dizzying carnival rides. Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to see these movies again... September 19, 2007
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Midnight Movie Madness continues with great stuff from the past. The movie
mystery on Monster Island is so well preserved that it looks like it was
just recently made. Saw this movie as a kid, and one of the characters is
as stupid as i remember him...but was well worth seeing this movie again.
Nice to see Peter Cushing again...Enjoy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Like the other reviewers here, I really only bought this set because I dearly wanted GORILLA AT LARGE. Honestly, the less said about MYSTERY ON MONSTER ISLAND (1981) the better. Well, at least it stars Peter Cushing but the movie is a complete snooze. Better stick to men in ape suits and Anne Bancroft prancing about in a sexy trapeze outfit.

...which leads us back to GORILLA AT LARGE...

Filmed at the height of the 3-D craze, GORILLA AT LARGE (1954) isn't a horror film as much as it is a mystery crime thriller. Fox contract players Cameron Mitchell and Anne Bancroft star and add lots of extra gloss to this tawdry tale of a series of murders in a circus. The setting is a circus called the Garden of Evil, where the star attraction is Goliath, a gorilla (and played very obviously by a man wearing a chimp suit). Anne Bancroft is Mlle. Laverne, a trapeze artist whose whole act revolves around swinging above Goliath's enclosure. When a series of grisly murders start taking place, all fingers point to Goliath, but things are never what they appear to be, especially in a seedy dive like the Garden of Evil...

Anne Bancroft, paying off her 20th Century-Fox starlet commitments, gives a splendid performance. She's matched every step of the way by co-stars Raymond Burr, Cameron Mitchell and Lee J. Cobb. Co-produced by Panoramic Productions, GORILLA AT LARGE is lots of fun. Extra features include an animated photo gallery, a brief B&W trailer and the original 'Intermission' titlecard.

It's a pity that the only way we can get GORILLA AT LARGE is by buying the hopelessly hokey MYSTERY ON MONSTER ISLAND as well, but just be glad this classic gem has finally surfaced on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is one sloppily put together Double Feature.
While the packaging is nice,offering two seperate DVDs instead of the usual dual layer format,and both prints for the films are beautiful,re-mastered latterbox prints,neither film goes together with the other.

Gorilla at Large(1954) is a VERY fun timewaster with a great cast,and deals with murders committed at a sideshow.
The second is a 1981 US/Spanish production that features Peter Cushing in a small role in a film,supposedly based on Jules Verne.

Of the two,Gorilla at Large is a very well made thriller about a person committing murders in an ape suit!
Cameron Mitchell is the hero,Charlotte Austin(who will be involved in more monkey business in the Ed Wood written,Bride of the Beast(1958) is his girlfriend.
Raymond Burr plays a red herring,Lee J.Cobb plays a hard boiled detective(very well,too!),Lee Marvin(!) plays a cop on the case and Anne Bancroft steals it as a very sexy lady who has an interesting act with an ape.
Check this one out!

Mystery on Monster island(1981) is a bogus adventure film,set in the turn of the century about ship wreck survivors who get involved in high jinks on a mysterious island.
The film tries to be funny,and while pleasane,becomes something of a chore to sit through.
Before you complain about the monsters on the screen,understand that they are MEANT to be bogus,however,that just causes more problems with the plot.
Despite top billing,Peter Cushing is only in the film in the beginning and end,and dosen't have much to do.
Spanish Horror great,Paul Naschy,is wasted in a two minute cameo in the beginning,getting shot several times before blowing up a cave!(His name is credited as "Flint"!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great color, beautiful Ann Bancroft
I give Gorilla at Large 5 stars. Great color, beautiful Ann Bancroft, and Raymond Burr at his very best. And its a pretty good mystery with some genuine menace. Read more
Published 29 days ago by jj1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great Movie, thanks for the quick shipping!
Published 2 months ago by Micheal K. Eichelberger
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorilla was great, reminds me of my childhood
Gorilla was great, reminds me of my childhood, Film was shot at the former Nu-Pike in Long Beach Ca. Condition of the CD was in perfect condition
Published 3 months ago by G. Knutson
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories...
I had the good fortune to be able, age 14, to be able to take the bus downtown to the Pike in Long Beach, CA, while they were doing their location stuff for Gorilla at Large, late... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donald W. Honan
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair
Mystery on Monster Island is the worse movie I have seen in some time. Gorilla at Large is good. The acting is good, sound and picture good
Published 18 months ago by Midnight Hour
5.0 out of 5 stars "He was here the last time I saw him here!"
I only bought this package deal (and just kept the half I wanted) for the excellent Gorilla at Large. The second movie is dreck and I’ve already forgotten the title. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Another monster island
i had been looking for mystery on monster island for a long time since i saw it on tcm when i was little and it is a little dated by todays standards but in way you can enjoy
Published 21 months ago by Anonimus
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorilla at Large/Mystery on Monster Island DVD
So far, I've only watched Gorilla at Large, for which I have the following comments. This 1954 film has a fine cast, a very good script, and decent acting. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Manny Agah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture quality
I bought this video for the coaster footage. WOW! Did they do a great digital restoration for the picture quality. No scratches at all! Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Larry Osterhoudt
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorilla at Large / Mystery on Monster Island (DVD)
It's about time Gorilla at Large has finally seen the light of day, too bad it's not the 3-D version though. Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by Writer & Director of Films
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