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Monster Island

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3.51 h 32 min20047+
Josh wins a trip to a remote island for his entire high school class, where they will dance the night away with a host of celebrity guests. Unfortunately, the island is home to giant man-eating mutants.
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Supporting actors
Nick CarterAdam West
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4.4 out of 5 stars

33 global ratings

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Ms D BarnardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
bratty teens go on a holiday + monsters & end up slightly nicer (or dead) comedy thing
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A sulky emo gothy teenage boy wins an 'MTV' holiday with his entire class. Lots of screaming and classic rubbish teenage behaviour on the island. A singer gets carted off by an animatronic style giant flying ant thingy and the film is (some of) the teens trying to get her back.
Lots of slogging through the jungle, meeting monster-things, bickering, discovering who's nicer than who to try and find the missing singer (plus find out the back story of the island when they meet a mad inventor/scientist guy).
Dumbed up dumb and dumber goes on holiday to Fantastic Voyage.
Caroline S.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
... but some of the monsters didn't look real but good to
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its ok but some of the monsters didn't look real but good to watch
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Daniel JolleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, wacky fun with old school special effects
This MTV made-for-TV movie manages to recapture some of the magic from the glory years of campy monster movies, complete with old school stop-motion photography visual effects. I'm not sure if stop-motion king Ray Harryhausen would be proud, but Monster Island is obviously (especially given the presence of a character named Dr. Harryhausen) a tribute of sorts to his work. When I say this movie is campy, I mean it is overtly campy, with no attempt to hide the fact that models were relied upon heavily in many, many scenes. The kids today, not having seen this type of special effects before, are bound to ridicule it mercilessly, but Monster Island is a real treat for those of us who appreciate the history of the craft. The ridiculous story is played for laughs all the way through, and the end result is a surprisingly good comedy.

Poor Josh (Daniel Letterle) is so depressed over losing his girlfriend Maddy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to the biggest poser in school that he can't even get excited over winning a free trip from MTV for his entire senior class to enjoy a Carmen Electra show on a lush, tropical island. OK, so he's miffed his sister Jen (Chelan Simmons) registered for it in his name, but good grief, man, we're talking about the chance to meet Carmen Electra here. Everyone else is stoked, naturally. So they get to the island (which just so happens to be located in the Bermuda Triangle) and even Josh is starting to enjoy himself, when - wouldn't you know it? - a giant insect swoops down and carries Carmen off to the top of a mountain. Not being the type of guy who takes the insectoid theft of a hot babe lying down, Josh organizes his friends into a search party and heads off into the jungle to rescue Carmen. Maddy and her beaux come along for the ride once Mr. Wonderful sees that MTV is sending a two-man crew to cover the rescue effort. These crazy kids soon find themselves on an adventure right out of Land of the Lost (and I'm talking the original TV series), evading gigantic Praying Mantis creatures, giant spiders, huge soldier ants, and an ill-tempered Piranha Man along the way. Things get even weirder once they meet up with the eccentric Dr. Harryhausen (Adam West, who knows all about campy acting).

How can you not love a film like this? It never pretends to be anything more than cheap, cheesy, campy, and patently ridiculous fun, and that is exactly what it delivers. Plus Carmen Electra and Adam West. If you ask me, that makes for a pretty potent recipe for good times.
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RossliamdominichazellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2009
2.0 out of 5 stars
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I think the effects are poor, for instance when the giant spider eats that girl it looks fake. Also the praying mantis looks fake. It'sall supposed to be a laugh I think.
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Lee PriceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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one of the best and funniest low budget films i do like and this is a first.
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