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Island Monster/Chamber of Fear (1953)

Cast: Renato Vicario, Renato Vicario, Patrizia Remiddi, more...
Director: Roberto Montero, Roberto Montero
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Italian Horror
Running Time: 150 min.
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This obscure Italian crime potboiler features a nominal performance from a slumming Boris Karloff as wealthy businessman Don Gaetano, who assists a narcotics detective (Franca Marzi) in rescuing his kidnapped daughter from a drug-smuggling ring based on the island of Ischia. The syndicate's leader is using the girl as a shield to prevent the inspector from getting too close to their operation. Predictable plot twists abound until Gaetano is revealed as the man who masterminded the abduction from the beginning. Karloff, still in a pre-Thriller career lull, would fare considerably better in his next Italian production, I Tre Volti Della Paura, thanks to the deft hand of director Mario Bava. Also known as Monster of the Island. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • New Digital Film Transfer of ISLAND MONSTER
  • Uncut Letterboxed Transfer of CHAMBER OF FEAR

GreenCine Member Reviews

Monstrously incompetent by king2clio March 31, 2010 - 10:51 PM PDT
Unless you can revel in utter incompetence and incomprehensibility in filmmaking, don't bother watching Chamber of Fear. This badly-dubbed, horrifically edited Mexican film has a group of so-called scientists crooning to a tentacled rock and feeding it fear-based serum distilled from tortured women. I've enjoyed Karloff's work in many a low budget horror film, but even he cannot make this work anything but an ugly, nonsensical mess. Characters, plot elements, and even scenes seems to have been picked at random or for some titillation value. (Let's put in a man in a turban! And a dwarf! And women stripping down to their underwear! And a rock that sounds like a synthesizer, surrounded by smoke and flashing lights! And underground tunnels! And jumble it all together in no particular order!) Do yourself a favor and avoid this disaster.

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