Isle of the Dead (1945)
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Inspired by Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin's famous painting, this seminal horror film marked the first of three collaborations between RKO producer Val Lewton and British genre star Boris Karloff. Set during the 1912 Balkan Wars, Isle of the Death featured Karloff as Greek general Pherides who, along with an American journalist (Marc Cramer), visits the gravesite of his late wife on a deserted island. They find the grave desecrated and a group of travelers held hostage by the superstitious beliefs
Sep 1, 1945 Wide
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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.
[Proves] that even at their flimsiest, there's still no such thing as a worthless Val Lewton horror picture.
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"
Its poetical finale comes a little too late to save it from its general dullness.
One of the better post-Tourneur Lewton films
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