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Isle of the Dead (1945)

Isle of the Dead




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Val Lewton produced this film about a Greek general (Boris Karloff) quarantined on an island populated by vampires.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ardel Wray, Josef Mischel, Val Lewton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 31, 2006
RKO Pictures


Boris Karloff
as Gen. Nikolas Pheride...
Marc Cramer
as Oliver Davis
Helene Thimig
as Madame Kyra
Katherine Emery
as Mrs. St. Aubyn
Alan Napier
as Mr. St. Aubyn
Ernst Dorian
as Dr. Drosses
Skelton Knaggs
as Henry Robbins
Sherry Hall
as Colonel
Ernst Deutsch
as Dr. Drossos
Erick Hanson
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for Isle of the Dead

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

It's better handled and directed than most though thriller fans will still find its lack of action a drag.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Top Critic

The film comes magnificently alive with the burial sequence, and with the zombie-like, white-robed woman roaming through shadowy galleries and shuttered rooms.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Proves] that even at their flimsiest, there's still no such thing as a worthless Val Lewton horror picture.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

quite bad

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Film Freak Central

Mark Robson's direction here reduces a country's political/spiritual unrest to pronouncements by pinned-down actors about "uneasy conscience" and "fool's courage"

Full Review… | September 6, 2009

Claustrophobic and nightmarishly atmospheric.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
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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.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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