What to Stream: 3 Monster Island Movies in Honor of 'Kong: Skull Island'

Kong: Skull Island opens on Friday, but the titular Island isn’t the only one where you’ll find inhuman beasts. Here are three other films that feature islands populated by monsters that you can stream this weekend.

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

<em>Island of Lost Souls</em> (Photo: Everett Collection)
Island of Lost Souls (Photo: Everett Collection)

Island of Lost Souls is based on H.G. Wells’s novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau. A shipwrecked traveler stumbles upon inhuman experiments on a tropical island. Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) is operating on animals in order to speed up evolution and turn them into human beings. As with most mad scientist movies, things quickly begin to go awry. The film was banned in England until 1958 due to its horrific nature, but this isn’t England and it isn’t 1958, so feel free to head over to Amazon to watch.

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

<em>Destroy All Monsters</em> (Photo: Everett Collection)
Destroy All Monsters (Photo: Everett Collection)

Aliens from space release Godzilla, Rodan, King Ghidorah, and others from their home on Monster Island. The aliens use mind control on the unsuspecting monsters and have them attack cities around the world. It climaxes with a battle among several of the iconic monsters. Destroy All Monsters is considered by some to be the ultimate monster movie, and it’s available on Vudu.

Shutter Island (2010)

<em>Shutter Island</em> (Photo: Andrew Cooper/Paramount/Everett Collection)
Shutter Island (Photo: Andrew Cooper/Paramount/Everett Collection)

This Martin Scorsese thriller explores the monsters within man. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a federal agent sent to search for a missing person at a hospital for the criminally insane located on Shutter Island. His investigation leads him into the dark corridors of his own mind. Shutter Island, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, is available on iTunes.

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