Isle of the Dead (1945)
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as Gen. Nikolas Pherides
as Oliver Davis
as Madame Kyra
as Mrs. St. Aubyn
as Mr. St. Aubyn
as Henry Robbins
as Dr. Drossos
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Critic Reviews for Isle of the Dead
It's better handled and directed than most though thriller fans will still find its lack of action a drag.
The film comes magnificently alive with the burial sequence, and with the zombie-like, white-robed woman roaming through shadowy galleries and shuttered rooms.
A moody and riveting piece of psychological horror that has been lovingly restored to near pristine quality.
The story's on the slender side, but haunting imagery, a few chilling moments, and a typically strong performance from Karloff compensate.
Audience Reviews for Isle of the Dead
Confused. Some nice plot kernels and plenty of great Lewton atmospherics but ... no. Too much going on here.
This one came as a complete surprise to me. Here I was expecting a schlock horror film and what do I get? A very suspenseful and thought-provoking thriller. Fantastic I say! Like most thrillers, it takes it a bit to get going, but if you perservere with a bit of patience, you'll discover your heart racing while the suspense is wound up slowly over the course of the film. You can cut the tension with a knife when the creeps start creeping in, and surprisingly, none of them from Karloff himself really. I just can't get over how effective this film was. You're bound to find this in a cheap bin at a local K-Mart or Big Lots! (which is where I found it), but it's definitely worth more than its purchase price. Pick this one up and give it a chance if you spot it.
Vampires, plague, zombies, murder? What is this movie about? And why is it so boring? Karloff is good as usual, but the story isn't up to par.
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