Now that the tribe has spoken for the last time, what’s a rat-obsessed, larvae-loving, alliance-fixated, tapioca-crazed entertainment seeker supposed to do? After all, we can’t just be left stranded until late January when CBS finally rescues us with Survivor: The Australian Outback. That’s where this handy guide comes in. Turns out a short trip to your video store can ease even the most ardent island fever. And if B movies featuring islanders in peril (see The Most Dangerous Game, And Then There Were None, April Fool’s Day, and, of course, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things!) aren’t your thing, here are some cinematic samplings that will summon the spirits of all your favorite Tagi/Pagong personalities.
FOR COLLEEN/GREG FANS
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Recapture forbidden island romance: A sweet virgin falls for a blond buffoon (coconut phone not included). Warning: Underwater shots of naked costar Christopher Atkins may spark unwanted memories of barely clothed Rich spearing stingray.
FOR GERVASE FANS
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
A hunky island lover (Taye Diggs) pretty much spends his days doing nothing but looking suave.
FOR SUSAN/SEAN FANS
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Burly trucker Large Marge constantly harangues a lovable doofus.
FOR RUDY FANS
(Double feature) Navy SEALs (1990) and Cocoon (1985)
Chart the evolution of our favorite septuagenarian from young, strapping SEAL to energized curmudgeon.
FOR RICHARD FANS
(Hello? Anyone out there?) The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996 Marlon Brando remake)
A creepy fat guy takes over an island and has delusions of godlike grandeur. Enough said.
FOR SONJA/B.B. FANS
Team plots to eliminate prehistoric creatures unleashed on a Caribbean isle.
FOR RAT/LARVAE FANS
(Double feature) Willard (1971) and Tremors (1990)
This pair of horror classics proves that rodents and worms get hungry too.
Rats, schmats! In this cannibalistic gem, see what might have been eaten on Pulau Tiga had the contest lasted 72 days. (”Mmm — Kelly tastes like chicken.”)