Isle of the Dead

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Gen. Nikolas Pherides (Boris Karloff) takes leave from the 1912 Balkan War to visit a small island in Greece, where his wife is buried. While there, a plague breaks out -- and along with an American reporter (Marc Cramer) and several other travelers, Pherides is forced to stay when quarantine is declared. Soon, locals and foreigners alike succumb to the influence of Madame Kyra (Helene Thimig), who accuses a nurse (Ellen Drew) of being a vampire and the true cause of the recent deaths.

Cast & Crew

Boris Karloff
General Nikolas Pherides
Marc Cramer
Oliver Davis
Katherine Emery
Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn
Helene Thimig
Madame Kyra
Skelton Knaggs
Andrew Robbins
Sherry Hall
Colonel Kobestes
Ernest Dorian
Dr. Drossos
Leigh Harline
Original Music
Jack MacKenzie
Cinematographer
Lyle Boyer
Film Editor
Walter E. Keller
Art Direction
Al Greenwood
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Critic Reviews for Isle of the Dead

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Audience Reviews for Isle of the Dead

  • Feb 18, 2011
    Confused. Some nice plot kernels and plenty of great Lewton atmospherics but ... no. Too much going on here.
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Jun 15, 2010
    Started off good then started falling apart in the middle & ended with a terrible ending
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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