Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Mysterious Island (1929)

Directed by Lucien Hubbard
My rating: 1.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Lionel Barrymore pilots a newly engineered submarine on its maiden voyage, but it is disabled and sinks to the bottom. Crumbling under the pressure and running out of air, all hope appears lost until they spot little men with fish eyes running from a nearby ocean-bottom city. However, the men turn out to be enemies and release a series of monsters to destroy the sub. Luckily, a second sub comes to their rescue. Convoluted amalgamation of several Jules Verne stories, marred by hokey special effects. It might be fun if viewed from the perspective of a low budget serial, but don't expect some long lost special effects extravaganza, unless you are Roger Corman. Might improve if you can see the original Technicolor print.

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