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Tower of Evil (1972)

Bryant Haliday , Jill Haworth , Jim O'Connolly  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Anna Palk, William Lucas, Anthony Valentine
  • Directors: Jim O'Connolly
  • Writers: Jim O'Connolly, George Baxt
  • Producers: Joe Solomon, John Pellatt, Richard Gordon
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Elite Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JYX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of 70's schlock/exploitation... January 27, 2000
By matt
Tower of Evil is no masterpiece, but an interesting predecessor to the modern slasher film. It often comes across as a poorer version of Mario Bava's Twitch of the Death Nerve in terms of exploitation and gore, not in terms of story at all. Fans of Friday the 13th and the like will probably find much to savor here, sex and nudity, brutal murders and a final twist at the end, just for good measure. The disc, by the way, looks wonderful, makes you worship the power of DVD, horror fans should pick this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The early seventies-what a great era July 29, 2004
Another terrific early seventies creep-fest. With me it's always about mood and atmosphere. This one also has some good gore and of course great bell-bottoms. There is just something about watching this one late at night with the lights off and a beer in your hand. Somehow it just seems perfect.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scooby Doo for adults February 6, 2001
Okay: (1) The acting *is* wank (except for Dennis Price); (2) the script is hilarious (One classic exchange: "If Penny didn't kill those kids, then who did?" "Someone else, obviously."); and (3) the "twist" ending is absurd (although it predates by one year the strangely similar finale in _Don't Look Now_).
But: This movie is lots of fun. AND it can still generate a couple of screams!! Imagine a live-action, British version of Scooby Doo for adults. This movie is the product of the same time and mindset as the cartoon. It has everything the horror movie fanatic could want: gory murders (even the old severed head rolling down the stairs), secret tunnels, buried treasure, a hint of evil spirits, madness, a monster, sexual intrigue, gratuitous nudity, and lots of creepy atmosphere. That island is the most foreboding piece of land I've ever seen.
Check it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trash classic from UK's exploitation heyday April 22, 2003

(UK - 1972)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

A group of archaeologists travel to a lighthouse-island off the coast of England where evidence of ancient treasure has recently been unearthed, alongside the corpses of several American teenagers, all of whom were slaughtered by person or persons unknown. Once on the island, the team becomes isolated from the mainland and is stalked by an elusive 'presence' which picks them off one by one.

A trash classic from the heyday of British exploitation, TOWER OF EVIL was helmed by Jim O'Connolly, a talented journeyman whose career had peaked several years earlier with THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1968), one of Ray Harryhausen's best films. Thrown together on a microscopic budget, and fashioned by O'Connolly from an early script by novelist George Baxt (responsible for such memorable British thrillers as CIRCUS OF HORRORS, THE CITY OF THE DEAD and NIGHT OF THE EAGLE), 'Tower' hedges its commercial bets by emphasizing a couple of high profile cameos (Dennis Price and Anthony Valentine), and foregrounding liberal doses of self-conscious nudity and gore.

The opening scenes - in which crusty sea dogs Jack Watson and George Coulouris visit the titular lighthouse and stumble on a series of mutilated corpses - sets the tone for much of what follows, and while the main cast are pretty colorless, their mutual antagonism (borne from a convoluted history of infidelity, too complicated to explain here) demonstrates a rudimentary attempt at characterisation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Hello? Anybody home?" September 20, 2001
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The year 1972 brought with it an interesting crop of horror films including the good (The Other, Blacula, Tales from the Crypt), the ridiculously bad (Invasion of the Blood Farmers, Al Adamson's Blood of Ghastly Horror), and the absolutely goofy (Night of the Lepus, The Thing with Two Heads). Somewhere in the middle was Tower of Evil (1972) aka Beyond the Fog aka Horror of Snape Island, written and directed by Jim O'Connolly (Berserk!, The Valley of Gwangi). Appearing in the film is Bryant Haliday (Devil Doll), Jill Haworth (It!), Mark Edwards (Blood from the Mummy's Tomb), Anna Palk (The Nightcomers), Derek Fowlds (School for Unclaimed Girls), and Jack Watson (Schizo). Also appearing is Gary Hamilton, John Hamill (Trog), Candace Glendenning (The Flesh and Blood Show), Seretta Wilson (Psychomania), and Robin Askwith (Horror Hospital), probably best known for his character Timothy Lea in the British `Confessions of ...' comedy/softcore films (Confessions of a Window Cleaner, Confessions of a Pop Performer, etc.).

As the film begins we learn there's been an incident at Snape Island, a lonely, dinky, rocky tract of land whose only structures seems to consist of a dilapidated lighthouse and a funky storage shed. Apparently four young Americans (two guys, two girls), on holiday in Europe, ran into a spot of trouble there as three of them ended up butchered, while the fourth, a brunette named Penny (Glendenning), was found nekkid, in a catatonic stupor (the authorities believe Penny, in a crazed fit, killed her friends, but she ain't talking). Anyway, among the remains is found a 3,000 year old, golden Phoenician ceremonial spear, which sets up an expedition party to find out if there are any more treasures on the island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snape Island.
I originally saw this film in a U.S. theater under the title HORROR ON SNAPE ISLAND and always enjoyed watching this horror film about a bunch of people trapped on an island with a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fred Adelman
3.0 out of 5 stars TOWER OF EVIL
Published 11 months ago by Michael Barrios
4.0 out of 5 stars AKA "Beyond the Fog" and "Horror on Snape Island"
Back in 1981, I was fourteen and already in love with horror movies, though I had to resort to the get-an-adult-stranger-to-buy-you-a-ticket technique when it was rated "R. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alan D. Bazin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror
Blu-ray looks good for it's age. The movie is a pretty good Britt Horror with some decent effects in it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Bartel
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective horror in a nice 16:9 transfer but without subtitles
This creepy and effective horror film set on a desolate foggy island delivers many haunting moments of atmosphere and gruesome murders. The aspect ratio is 1. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Filip R
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice treatment of a rare film
Not sure whatever became of Elite Entertainment but thanks to them, this pretty rare film is preserved in a nice widescreen DVD, for curious horror fans like myself to... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by M. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars A Wanna-be Hammer Horror
"Tower of Evil" (1972) is actually a scary little film in the tradition of Hammer horror--with a major (and unfortunate) increase in gore and nudity. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Birt Acres
4.0 out of 5 stars Its A Good British Horror Movie
If you like those early 70's British horror movies I think that you will like this one.
Made in 72' A group of people find out that there is an ancient relic on this island. Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by Toby L. Weaklend
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly, stupid, and undeniably fun.
Tower of Evil (Jim O'Connolly, 1972)

Schlockmeister Jim O'Connolly made some of the most endearingly awful films in British cinema history, and oh, my, the casts he was... Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Not A Great Example of 70s Horror
The story of madness in a family leading to murder on a lonely island. A treasure hunt with gratuitous nudity, sex, marijuana, and at one point, one very, very long minute of a... Read more
Published on July 11, 2009 by J. Cameron McClain
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