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Directed by Gerado De Leon and Eddie Romero
Starring: Kent Taylor, Beverly Powers, John Ashley

“A Brutal Orgy of Ghastly Terror”

Danger on Tiki Island, a cinematic gem from 1968, has been released in the US under several different titles: Brides of Blood, Grave Desires and Brides of Blood Island, just to name a few.  Joel Hodgson and the gang have fun “riffing” on this one in the latest Cinematic Titanic release.

The Movie

Danger on Tiki Island tells the story of explorers to a dangerous island. Dr. Henderson wants to examine the flora and fauna to determine if any of the nearby atomic tests caused mutations or other phenomenon. Jim is a member of the Peace Corps or some kind of organization and strives to make the natives lives better.  Carla’s mission seems to be missionary, or she could be just on a manhunt. During the boat ride over, she has a bit of a tryst with a sailor.

Upon arriving at the island, the trio observes a strange funeral. But it seems that the deceased has been dismembered before the remains are dumped in the ocean. What is going on here on Blood Island?

They are soon invited to dinner by the leader of the island people. Dinner conversation is strange, dinner companions even stranger. After leaving and heading home through the jungle, they observe two young women being tied to poles and seemingly attacked by some sort of beast. Exactly what is happening on Blood Island and will our intrepid explorers make it out alive?

To say that Danger on Tiki Island has an exciting plot or a plot at all is a complete exaggeration. Just as saying that Danger on Tiki Island has impressive production values is an overstatement as well. This is a terrible film from top to bottom and it’s absolutely perfect for the Cinematic Titanic gang.

Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, J. Elvis Weinstein, Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff had a ton of fun making jokes at every misstep in this film and it is a riot. And believe me, there are a lot of them.

There are references from everything to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to Sigmund the Sea Monster. You can always count on the Cinematic Titanic gang to come up with some great pop culture references.

This is the third “Live” DVD release, which means that a live “riff” or performance was recorded and released. This is great because Joel and the group feed off of the energy of the live and enthusiastic audience and bring fresh energy to the jokes that commence. I think the “live” DVD releases are some of the best because of this. But of course, I like them all really.

I just can’t say enough good things about this release and all the other Cinematic Titanic release fans have got to enjoy so far. Seeing Joel, Frank, Trace, Mary and J. Elvis again is like greeting old friends and sitting down for a good laugh.

So, fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this one is a no brainer. If you haven’t discovered MST3K or Cinematic Titanic yet, this live release would be a good place to start.

10/10

Video

The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen. Of course the condition of the original film is not perfect, but is totally acceptable for what Cinematic Titanic needs. The film is shown in the center of the screen with the Cinematic Titanic gang surrounding it in a live setting.

5/10

The Audio

The film is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. The dialogue is crystal clear and well mixed. You will have no trouble hearing every word, every giggle and every joke.

5/10

The Packaging and Bonus Features

The film is presented in a standard amaray case with artwork appropriate for the film presented.

A nice bonus feature is offered that will make Cinematic Titanic fans happy: Between the Riffs is a collection of backstage interviews with the gang where they discuss their interpersonal relationships, their working relationships and a lot more.

While the bonus features are scarce, the one that is offered is a rollicking good time.

4/10

Overall (Not an Average) 7/10

The Review
The Movie 10/10
The Video 5/10
The Audio 5/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 4/10
Overall (not an average ) 7/10