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Island Monster/Chamber of Fear

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Horror legend Boris Karloff headlines two rare features! In Island Monster, one of the rarest of all his films, the King of Horror inhabits a beautiful island paradise filled with nefarious activities, shot on the picturesque Ischia, sister island of Capri. Then savor the uncut, sleaze-filled version of Chamber of Fear, one of Karloff's last films, in which living rock ignites a chain of terror and death!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Julissa, Carlos East, Isela Vega, Yerye Beirute
  • Directors: Jack Hill, Juan Ibáñez, Roberto Bianchi Montero
  • Writers: Jack Hill, Roberto Bianchi Montero, Alberto Vecchietti, Carlo Lombardo, Luis Enrique Vergara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029RSWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Island Monster/Chamber of Fear" on IMDb

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Island Monster is a cheap film Karloff made in Italy, likely just for the free vacation. A narcotics officer has been assigned to get friendly with a female who works at a night club on a touristy island because she might have ties to a drug smuggling operation. Maybe it was the fact that he publically announced to his wife and daughter as they were sending him off on a boat loaded with people that they should only refer to him by his false identity while he is working undercover, or maybe it's because he spends most of his time on the island hanging around with local police or with his wife and kid (who follow him to the island because she is jealous) but SOMEHOW his cover gets blown immediately. Anyways, the detective has spent no more than 10 minutes with his target over a 2 or 3 day period when his mission is derailed because the head of the drug operation (who, unsurprisingly, turns out to be Karloff) kidnaps his daughter.

One interesting subplot has the family's pet dog somehow sneaking his way to where the girl is being held captive while carefully and deliberately avoiding detection. But once it finds the girl, this canine super spy immediately reverts to just keeping the girl company, thus preventing it from becoming Italy's answer to Rin Tin Tin. So it is up to the world's worst detective to come to the rescue. Island Monster is a slighly fun unintentional comedy, but is little more than a time waster.

The Chamber of Fear is Karloff's last film (he died during filming). Written by Jack Hill (a favourite of Tarantino, and a student of Roger Corman), Hill shot all the scenes with Karloff (maybe 20 minutes total) in California, while the rest was shot in Mexico by someone else.
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I'm currently trying to get through one of the WORST movies I have ever seen!!! This thing smells SO bad, my IBM Think Pad is now a Stink Pad....

ISLAND MONSTER (1954) is a horrendous piece of Euro-junk starring Boris Karloff. ALL the voices are dubbed, EVEN KARLOFF'S! and the people they used for these voiceovers are so laughably bad it's unbelieveable.

I couldn't see the keyboard too well just now because I was cringing while some 40-year-old woman tried to imitate a crying 5-year old girl. Karloff has the dazed looks of a fading actor who doesn't know why he's on this Italian movie set. Frankly, I'm more than halfway into this 90 minute disaster, and I too am questioning why I didn't just give up long ago.

Oh Lord, the geriatric kid is talking again.... feh! feh! FEHHHHHHHH!!!!

Here's a sample of dialogue from an adult female:
(overwrought delivery:) "If you were a mother you'd have some idea of how I feel. She's a poor helpless baby! We adults are so MERCILESS... but the crimes we commit on each other are NOTHING AT ALL compared to the crime of keeping a small child from its mother! Please, listen to me.... Look at my face.... look into my eyes.... you MUST be human!"

Indeed I am, and as they say, to err is human.... (goes back to watching the movie...)
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I would recommended this Retromedia release for 2 reasons. I waited years to actually see what there is of "Island Monster", and this is pretty much your only choice. The only thing monstrous about this film is that horrible dubbed voice of the little girl. In Italian with subtitles, it would probably be better. I would recommended this version of "Fear Chamber" over all others because this is this uncut version with all opening titles in Spanish(La Camara del Terror). However, I would also have to recommend the Elite Version from Columbia Pictures with American titles for the audio commentary only. However, that version is cut, with the missing scene separate as a deleted scene. The Retromedia version is the best for watching, but you will also need the Elite to be able to listen to the commentary.
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THE ISLAND MONSTER is about a drug-smuggling operation in Italy. Boris Karloff is the eeevil, murderous mastermind, killing and kidnapping his way into our hearts. He does his best to salvage this so-called "thriller", but the dullness is overwhelming, even for him! This is a very sllloooww-moving drama, so don't expect any chills or horror! My favorite part is the English dubbing, especially the ultra-annoying daughter of the main cop on the case! Hilarious! Her shrieks and wails could curdle mercury! Still, if you enjoy all things Boris, you might as well add this one to your collection...
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