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Horror Island (1941)





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It has been alleged that Horror Island was the least expensive of Universal's 1940s horror films. While it certainly looks that way, it remains an enjoyable outing from fade-in to fade-out. In the tradition of "Ten Little Indians", a group of disparate types are lured to a supposedly haunted mansion on a remote island. Their "host" is peg-legged privateer Tobias (Leo Carrillo), who possesses half of a valuable treasure map. One by one, the treasure-hunters are killed off by a mysterious assailant, with Tobias the first victim. The identity of the "mystery" killer is fairly obvious from the outset, though the screenplay cheats a bit by rendering the villain helpless during one of the murders. Of the stellar all-character-actor cast, Iris Adrian shines as a leather-lunged blonde, alternating between wisecracks and shivers throughout the film's brisk 61 minutes.


Dick Foran
as Bill Martin
Peggy Moran
as Wendy Creighton
Leo Carrillo
as Tobias Clump
Fuzzy Knight
as Stuff Oliver
Lewis Howard
as Thurman
Ralf Harolde
as Rod Grady
Foy Van Dolsen
as The Phantom
Emmett Vogan
as The Stranger
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All Critics (2)

This one benefits from bright performances, a breezy pace, and a surprising denouement.

December 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Atmosphere makes up for much, as does the Hans Salter score, a clever script with bright dialogue and a first-rate cast.

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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