Cy Endfield – 1961
Mysterious Island is a wonderful old-fashioned American Cvil War era adventure romp. This 1961 film’s stop motion effects are glorious – coming from the brilliant effects master, Ray Harryhausen.
All the characters in this Jules Verne adaptation are well defined and there’s a fun appearance by Herbert Lom‘s Captan Nemo. Mysterious Island has everything that you would want from this sort of adventure and all the clichés are present and correct, but you wouldn’t have it an other way. The film also features a glorious Bernard Herrmann score.
This is one for Christmas holidays and lazy Sunday afternoons.