Island of Death
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Two British tourists named Christopher and Celia arrive on the Greek island of Mykonos in order to see the sights and rub elbows with the locals. Christopher likes the island because it has 350 churches spread across the landscape, meaning that the people on the island are especially religious. This perceived religiosity of the locals gives Christopher and Celia the idea that people of loose moral standards and questionable backgrounds aren't welcome. Therefore, Christopher decides Mykonos is the perfect place to start a personal pogrom against the local degenerates. The two embark on a bloody rampage of bizarre violence against select segments of the population by torturing, mutilating, and killing a French painter, two homosexuals, a lesbian, and a woman who sleeps around.Read more ›
The film is expertly directed, wonderfully photographed, and the writing is way above that of the average low-budget fare served up in this genre. In spite of his intentions to whip up a quick little moneymaker, Mastorakis manages to cook up a gritty but nonetheless compelling little satire that harshly but literately addresses such social issues as unfettered hedonism and sexual promiscuity, religious expediency, homophobia, incest, and much more.
So the film elements do, as a whole, reveal that the Mastorakis is talented and cares about the ultimate quality of his work. But it also offers fans of the splatter-film genre those elements that they crave. Indeed, there is T&A aplenty--cute and curvy little blonde Jane Ryall, who plays the female lead, peels off her attire several times throughout, and other beauties also appear in the buff from time to time--and though many of the actual killings take place just out of frame, blood still splashes into the picture, and the various methods of homicide depicted are fresh (even today!) and creative enough to keep the most ardent genre fans happy.Read more ›
The director has an interview on the DVD in which he states that this movie was only made to shock people and make money. He said that they were wanting to cash in on the success of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While this movie is nowhere near the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, for the right audience, this movie has its place.
Mastorakis was instrumental in the film's DVD release, as he wanted to treat the fans with an uncut official copy without the hassle and expense of fuzzy bootlegs. There's an on-camera interview with him, which is extremely solid and informative, and he relates basically everything you need to know about ISLAND OF DEATH. Mastorakis starts by saying that he made the film simply to create a moneymaker and give himself a name in the industry. It certainly worked since it was a big hit in many countries (but rarely seen in the U.S.), allowing him more lucrative, mainstream work. The interview lasts about 30 minutes, and after seeing how intelligent the director is and what his intentions were, you'll feel more at ease after watching a flick such as this.
A former "video nasty" in Great Britain, ISLAND OF DEATH has been released by Image Entertainment and Allstar Pictures Ltd (who previously had it out as a PAL release). The transfer was made from the original elements, giving an extremely clean image with very strong colors. The full frame composition looks to be correct and the audio is fine with minor surface noise apparent from time to time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Twisted classic from a sharp mind. The Arrow special features are extensive.Published 1 month ago by Tony
OK for what it is and the era from which it came, but this video nasty just isn't that shocking in the modern world of Human Centipedes and Serbian Films. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Williams
This might be one of the sleaziest, nastiest, filthiest movies I have ever seen, and I loved every minute of it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hayes C. Hudson
I'm shocked a company as great as Arrow home video (based out of the UK)
would get the distribution rights to this film and put the time and money into a HD Remastering... Read more
It's brutal. If your into Texas Chainsaw type flicks you'll love it, if not stay away. It's not that Island movie that had Michael Caine.Published 5 months ago by The joker 308
There are a lot of movies making their way to DVD these days from companies that are offering them in the best format possible with some interesting extras as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Turner
Occasionally I stumble across older films that I’m only modestly aware of, and – so long as what I’ve heard or read is solid – I take them in for a viewing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edward L Zimmerman
This film is trying to be Natural Born Killers before it even existed. The problem is, it has about zero creativity and quality compared to it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bill Carson