Welcome Everbloody to Mondo Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite we gots one of the most obscure flicks you could ever want to find, or, unfind! When I watched this for the first time, I thought it was made in Turkey, but no, it's from the East Coast!
The 65 minute story is an adaptation of Jules Verne's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (duh!) with animated creatures reminiscent of Harryhausen's creations from 1961. It has actors from Boston and was shot in and around New Hampshire.
Our tale's about a small group of intergalactic criminals whose spaceship crashes into a sea on the MYSTERIOUS PLANET after being caught up in a space storm. They are immediately menaced by a giant two-headed snail, then, more surprises await them including a scantily clad native girl!
Originally it was completed as a home movie with lines, sound effects and music all mixed together, so, new lines were later dubbed over the original ones to beef them up, and, that's one of the reasons the sound is so terrible. There is no mention of original music in any credits...
It's now time to bring in our littlest of all Dungeon helpers and swell guy, yes, we're talkin' 'bout that there, Rufus The Gnat! He's all excited because he really likes tonite's flick. So, why waste any more time, push that 'GO' button, Rufus! Here's!.. MYSTERIOUS PLANET!
FIVE... FOUR... THREE... TWO... You get the picture...
As the crew tries to escape from their prison planet, they encounter a violent storm in space.
This guy gets chewed up immediately! The very decent creatures were made and animated by the talented Brett Piper, who worked on special effects for these movies... THEY BITE, TERROR HOUSE, BLOOD RED PLANET, GORILLA WARFARE: BATTLE OF THE APES, BODY SHOP, ARACHNIA, BIKINI GIRLS ON DINOSAUR PLANET, KINKY KONG and SHE-REX! This was his very first credit.
This dude just squats there and warms his hands while his buddie gets devoured by the giant 2-headed snail thingy!
This flying dragon is very cool looking! The reason it doesn't get this guy hanging on the tightrope is because the thing keeps running into the rope, so, it can't get to him! Clever, no?
This could almost be mistaken for a shot out of UNKNOWN ISLAND!
They discover another crashed spaceship with a homely alien inside.
Dude instructs gurlie on how to shoot this atomic ray gun they just found on a mountain, go figure!
Oh yeah, the ray gun is located in the eye socket of a 'skull' mountain! And, gurlie's a pretty damn good shot!.. For a gurl.
Dude keeps screaming at gurlie... NOW!!.. NOW!!.. NOW!.. One of her shots makes a near hit on the space monster... You know, if that's what you think you're seeing there!
A friend used to do local psychedelic light shows in the early seventies, that's what these shots remind me of!
Then, there's like this demon fish? with tentacles that slithers around, chasing gurlie all over the place!!..
Don't forget to come back Wednesday for more surprises from that old rock head, Eegah!!