Fast, funny and filled with a few twists and turns, Horror Island is a light-hearted movie that is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Directed by George Waggner [The Wolf Man, Batman TV Series] and filled with a great ensemble cast, its hard to believe Horror Island was shot in only 12 days! It just goes to prove that you don’t need a big budget to make a great film.
Horror Island’s actors don’t have big, recognizable names, but a number of them had lengthy and successful careers in film. The sassy Iris Adrian, who plays the gangster’s girlfriend Arleen, lights up every scene she’s in. She went on to star in 160 films, including The Odd Couple (1968) and The Love Bug (1968). The love interest of Dick Foran and Peggy Moran also stared together in The Mummy’s Hand (1940). Both are likable and help to move the film along nicely.
Horror Island is one of the lesser known films from Universal Studios. Thankfully, it got a restoration and is included in the 5 movie collection Universal Horror: Classic Movie Archive. I’m glad Universal took the time to market these movies to modern audiences. It would have been a shame if they were lost to time.
So, if you have rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoon and you’re looking for a fun thriller, Horror Island will fit the bill nicely.
RATING: Very Good.
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