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Island of Death

3.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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One of the most shocking films ever made finally comes to DVD with every appalling image intact! A jaded couple staying on vacation at a Greek island wreaks havoc on the inhabitants, indulging in every depraved act imaginable until events spiral to a twisted surprise ending you'll never forget!

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  • Director's Interview
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  • Actors: Robert Behling, John Blackman (II), Jessica Dublin, Gerard Gonalons, Clay Half
  • Directors: Nico Mastorakis
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4N7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Island of Death" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2003
Format: DVD
You have to hand it to Greek director Nico Mastorakis: in a lengthy interview included on the DVD version of his 1975 exploitation classic "Island of Death," he blatantly admits that he created this movie in order to make money. After viewing "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in Europe, Mastorakis knew he could create something comparable to the upsetting images he saw on the screen. Shortly after this event, he sat down and wrote the script for "Island of Death," intentionally imbuing it with the most shocking and nauseating of situations. The difference between Mastorakis and the majority of exploitation directors is that this Greek knows how to direct a film. "The Island of Death" is not so much a gritty movie as it is a series of striking contrasts captured beautifully on film. Don't get me wrong; it is sure to deliver a few jolts to even the most hardened of horror fans, with its over the top sadism and blasé attitude about violence.
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.
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Yes, it's true that writer/director Nico Mastorakis created 1975's ISLAND OF DEATH for the sole purpose of riding on the coattails of the success and popularity of Tobe Hooper's now-classic THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)--i.e., he did it just to make money--but that doesn't mean that the film isn't worth watching. Even when the impetus is financial gain, a true aesthete can't simply turn off the skills and talents. Admittedly, the acting abilities of the principals in ISLAND OF DEATH fall noticeably short, but Mastorakis' cinematic abilities are clearly evident.

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.
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This movie is not of interest to everyone, only those that enjoy watching films that push the limits of what an audience is willing to watch. If you are a gore hound, then this probably isn't the movie for you, as it has hardly any gore and minimal blood. Not to say that there isn't violence, most of it just happens off camera. The real interesting part of this movie is the perverse acts that the main characters partake in. These acts include rape, murder, torture and bestiality. If you are interested in watching a movie that has very poor acting and a paper thin script, just to see what lengths a film may go to try to get banned, then this is the movie for you.
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.
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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. A couple end up on a beautiful Greek island and quickly dispatch every deviant they run across, goats included! This 2 disk set from Arrow gives this somewhat notorious title the gold treatment.
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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 of
Island of Death

This film has gained a major cult status mostly due to it's over the top sex & violence

newlyweds go on there honeymoon to Greek island of Mykonos
you learn something is off about the male character
when he is banging his wife in the phone booth while talking to his mother on the phone!

It just gets weirder and weirder the guys is a sociopath who dislikes men who cheat on there wives! just about anyone on this island isn't safe from the two Bonnie and Clyde wannabes
who just wanna kill everyone
If they don't kill them they trying have sex with others (Including a goat near the start of the film)
While they are murdering they take photos of the killing with a instant camera (that way there is evidence/proof of there crimes all of there hotel room)
a cop is introduces into the film but, the love birds run from him (escaping piloting a two man airplane) where the cop gets hung up on while high above the sky needless to say he gets hung off a wing! then they cut his lifeless body down! **Spoiler**
The cop is only introduced just to kill him imo to add more of a body count

This film is more or less smoke and mirrors it's a very cheap exploitation film that tries to much
Is it the worst so-called Horror film ever?
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