I saw this movie on TV back in the 80's. I believe, however that it was made most likely in the 70's based on it's film style. The movie was in color. The only parts I can really remember was at the end our heroes confronted there enemy (a mad scientist type) in his lair. I believe his lair was in a volcano or perhaps a cave. The "mad scientist" used his technology to either transplant brains from his victims into other creatures or perhaps just there consciousness. I can't remember. At the end though one of his creations (if memory serves it was a woman who had been implanted into a gryphon like creature) attacks him allowing our heroes to escape. Does this information sound familiar to anyone?

  • Well it sounds like one of a million TV takes on The Island of Doctor Moreau. It was frequently ripped off in 80s TV and film - is there anything else you can remember?
    – moopet
    Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 12:48
  • Wish I could remember more. You never think of those things at the time. :) Really the biggest plot element I can remember was woman being turned into the gryphon like creature. I've wracked my brain but that's it.
    – MrInfinity
    Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 14:28

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Could this be "Latitude Zero" (1969)?

The plot involves people being rescued and brought to a base in a mountain on an island by a submarine. Here is part of the plot synopsis from Wikipedia that describes the gryphon type creature and the brain transplants.

Latitude Zero is a paradise hidden fifteen miles below the surface at the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line. Gold is plentiful there and is used for protective clothing by the island's newcomers, while those who arrived in the 19th century prefer to dress as they are accustomed, as no one ages or dies. Diamonds are very common and used only in industrial use.

Dr. Malic, however, wishes to destroy the paradise of Latitude Zero, and uses giant rats and anthropomorphic bats in addition to James Bond-style devices against the undersea kingdom. Worst of all, after a cruel experiment grafting the wings of an eagle to a lion, he removes the brain of the unsuccessful Kuroi and places her brain in the creature. This proves to be his undoing when, at a critical moment, Kuroi turns against Malic as he prepares to fire an energy cannon at the escaping visitors, causing their destruction.

You can see the 'gryphon' at 1:17 in the trailer and the part where he takes out the brain of the woman to put into the gryphon at 1:38. You also get glimpses of animal/human hybrids and the volcano.

  • Oh yes this is it LOL. Wow this came out the year I was born LOL. Thanks tons. Now I can scratch this title off my bucket list LOL.
    – MrInfinity
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 12:15
  • Thanks much MrInfinity, this was driving me crazy too! It came out 1 year before I was born. It's actually like Island of Dr. Moreau and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea combined.
    – the guest
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 15:00

Could this be The Twilight People from 1972?

This is the only "Island of Dr. Moreau" rip-off/tribute I can think of that had any flying type creature in it. It also has a scientist who is experimenting with animal/human hybrids, he has a lab in a mountain? or volcano and it takes place on an island.

  • Wow this did fit many of my criteria LOL but alas it is not the one. I distinctly remember the woman into gryphon part. I get the impression (from old memory anyway) that the movie I'm looking for is more scifi ish and less like Island of Dr. Moreau. Man I wish I could remember more, but it was so long ago. Thanks for trying though.
    – MrInfinity
    Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 20:10
  • Wow. I really want to know what this is now! The only '70s movie with a gryphon I can think of is "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad".
    – the guest
    Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 22:50

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