Isle of the Dead Reviews

March 26, 2020
The Isle of the Dead reliably delivers the pleasures expected from a Val Lewton film-chief among them psychological terror based on suggestion...
October 10, 2019
There's no clear villain or monster in Isle of the Dead; rather, fear and developing paranoia drive the narrative, transforming the people on the island as they cope with their nearness to death and the causes of it.
November 1, 2012
[Proves] that even at their flimsiest, there's still no such thing as a worthless Val Lewton horror picture.
November 14, 2007
Claustrophobic and nightmarishly atmospheric.
November 14, 2007
It's better handled and directed than most though thriller fans will still find its lack of action a drag.
October 31, 2006
Its poetical finale comes a little too late to save it from its general dullness.
September 15, 2006
One of the few truly scary films of the 1940s.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The film comes magnificently alive with the burial sequence, and with the zombie-like, white-robed woman roaming through shadowy galleries and shuttered rooms.
July 28, 2005
January 2, 2005
Zombies and Karloff...chills and thrills.
July 17, 2004
May 24, 2003
Full of expertly handled shocks.
October 16, 2002
One of the better post-Tourneur Lewton films
July 29, 2002
"memorably moody"