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Not A Great Example of 70s Horror,
This review is from: Tower of Evil (DVD)
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 screaming woman, as a man is dismembered in front of her. Take these two stories, grind together.
Sure, it sounds good in theory, but this movie is a dismal failure on a number of levels. First, the character interaction is stilted. Then there's the muddled plot. Writer/director Jim O'Connolly couldn't seem to make up his mind as to what kind of movie to make, and simply threw in disparate elements that end up pulling the movie in too many directions. One minute it's character-driven drama, next it's sixties psychedelia, then it's horror, then adventure, then soft-core pornography....
Elements of a classic horror story are certainly there, the lonely lighthouse with a madman haunting the caverns beneath, venturing out to attack and kill those who find themselves on the island. Why O'Connolly decided he needed to throw in all the other elements seemingly at random, is anyone's guess. Any tension coming from a crazed killer slinking through the tunnels of an abandoned lighthouse are lost in the stilted character interaction and distracting plot elements. The few sets in the film consist almost solely of fake rock, whether aboveground or in the caverns, and three or four room interiors, sparsely furnished, so clearly the sets are certainly not coming to the movie's rescue.
Bottom line, while there's some entertainment value in the movie, it's the kind of entertainment one gets from watching a train wreck in slow motion. Smoke rises from the wreckage. Roll credits.