Tonight on MeTV- we bring back a science fiction thriller that many of our viewers have asked for- with the great Peter Cushing heading to a remote island where dead bodies are turning up with unusual characteristics- relating more to what they DON'T have! The local authorities have no clue of what the cause is- unaware that a threat created by science could wipe out the entire population trapped on the “Island of Terror”!
Petrie’s Island ( no relation to Rob of the “Dick Van Dyke Show”) is a chunk of land completely cut off from the mainland, getting only occasional visits from supply boats- but it’s also the site of a special laboratory working to find a cure for one of man's most insidious diseases. It's already a risky proposition, but it’s made worse when the experimentation creates something just as horrid as the illness. The first indication of this occurs when a constable finds the body of a missing man that appears to have no skeletal system left in it! The island's resident doctor can't begin to figure out any logical reason why that would be- and leaves the island in search of someone who may be able to help- Dr. Stanley, a brilliant teacher and pathologist. Stanley himself, however, suggests that they consult with one Dr. West, a specialist whose knowledge of bones might offer some assistance. Talk about bad timing-when they arrive at his apartment, West is just getting rather comfortable with a leggy girlfriend! Despite the distraction, he finds the case just as baffling. His lady friend happens to be a wealthy heiress and offers her help in getting to Petrie's Island as quickly as possible, by means of her father's personal helicopter- but there is on one condition- SHE must accompany them! Having speed of transport is almost as tempting as the winsome lass, and they depart for the island.
They are dropped off on Petrie’s Island ,but the copter ends up being called away on business- meaning that our visiting party will have no way off the island for many days. When examining the victim’s body, bereft of bones, doesn't offer any new information- the suggestion of calling on a prominent disease-researching scientist at the special lab compound seems like a logical step in the search for answers. However, a visit to the site reveals shocking devastation- and similar victims- and even as more boneless bodies are being found, the discovery of the answer to what they are looking for brings unspeakable horror. The revelation of deadly creatures on the loose unlike anything ever encountered in nature- which have begun to multiply- threatens to destroy each and every living thing trapped on the island, with no means of escape!
The claustrophobic feel of this full-color 1966 British production, along with the horrifically relentless creatures, definitely will keep you on the edge of your seat! As Dr. Stanley, Peter Cushing is outstanding, as always, and we'll tell you about his fellow cast mates- plus, bring you your weekly dosage of Sven entertainment- including a product you may NOT want to have in your kitchen cabinet!
Your visit to the "Island of Terror" begins tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check for time and channel in your local listings, or, at www.metv.com . The live-Tweeting during the program continues in great abundance on Twitter- just make sure to use the hashtag #svengoolie .Our Chicago viewers get an encore look at Lon Chaney Jr. as the "Son of Dracula" at 11 am , back on our main local channel CW 26 !
You may want to take a look at a new merchandise item available now under the "store" tab here on our site- the Svengoolie phone case! It comes in four different Sven designs, and is available for several different models of phones, including iPhones and Galaxy phones- with plans to add more! And- you should get them pretty fast upon ordering- so head to our store now!
I’m still showing up in the Dick Tracy newspaper strip as the mystery of supposed vampire attacks continues- look for today’s strip in your local newspaper- and catch me in full color again tomorrow!
Tonight, though- join us on an island that ends up being far from a paradise- where more than the wings are boneless!