Monster of the Day #913

Rather better than yesterday’s snoozefest (admittedly the epitome of damning with faint praise) was this MTV (!) throwback that combined springbreak-style teen action with lovingly stop-animated monsters. It’s kind of on the nose to have Adam West play a scientist named Ray Harryhausen, but it’s that kind of movie. Still, if you ever wanted to see Carmen Electra being menaced by giant ants, here’s your chance.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Wow, what was the title of this masterpiece? And I have to admit, I kind of like the potbellied gill-man in the second picture. Nice costume.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I am surprised that they did not use Harry Rayhausen just to make people think a tiny bit. Oh, I forgot, Mtv.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I think it was simply “Monster Island”

  • Eric Hinkle


  • Gamera977

    Gee, it doesn’t look half bad.

  • sandra

    Did the Gillman have a second mouth in his belly ?

  • The Rev.

    Yeah, despite the giant bugs I’ve never given this a second look, and I’ve seen it in video stores and used media places for years. I may have to actually see it now. If I’d known it had stop-motion bugs I definitely would have; that was a large part of what drew me to Arachnia.

  • Flangepart

    Pic. 1 : “The reason I called you all here…is to DIE!

    Pic. 2 : (Huff) She want’s me to work out (Weeze)…I’ll work out. (Huff) Question MY abs- I’m the Gill man…THE Gill (Cough) man, baby…

    Pic. 3 : “Whata ya mean this ain’t Tokyo?”

    Pic. 4 : “Picknic? Here’s yer PICKNIC!”

  • Rock Baker

    I saw the picture once, but honestly I’d forgotten that it had a gill-man!

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Is that a ninja star on the gill-man’s neck?

  • The Rev.

    Looks like a fin; he’s got a similarly-shaped one on the other side of his head. I think that one’s flapping because it’s running.