MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961)

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A group of Union soldiers escaping from a Confederate prison via hot air balloon get caught up in the storm of the century and end up marooned on a deserted island in the Pacific. As luck would have it, the island is populated by giant animals courtesy of stop-motion legend Ray Harryhausen. Add Captain Nemo and some pirates to the mix and you have a mysterious island indeed.

Loosely based on the Jules Verne novel, this wonderful adventure romp from the Harryhausen/Charles H. Schneer production team was originally going to showcase prehistoric animals as its primary threat. The finished product features an ingenious mix of enlarged beasts (crabs and bees) and left over primeval monsters (a Phorusrhacos and an Ammonite) from the original idea. Bernard Herrmann provides one of his most exciting scores.

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Jon Abrams

Editor-In-Chief at Daily Grindhouse
Jon Abrams is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac whose complete work and credits can be found at his site, Demon’s Resume. You can contact him on Twitter as @JonZilla___.
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