Isle of the Dead Reviews

  • Jun 12, 2020

    An enjoyable film, less horror and more of a story, which is about a group of people trapped in a Mansion due to a plaque, and cannot leave the island in case they infect the army that is fighting in the are. A beautiful girl who looks after a disabled woman is accused of being a vampire by the housekeeper, and the General wants her dead! Well acted and well shot, and Boris is great as always!

    An enjoyable film, less horror and more of a story, which is about a group of people trapped in a Mansion due to a plaque, and cannot leave the island in case they infect the army that is fighting in the are. A beautiful girl who looks after a disabled woman is accused of being a vampire by the housekeeper, and the General wants her dead! Well acted and well shot, and Boris is great as always!

  • Apr 24, 2020

    So, we have a movie with a fear of spreading a plague, lots of hand washing, and a prohibition against skin to skin contact which is not adhered to. 2020? No, 1945. Amazing film, and not just for the echoes into our day. ISLE OF THE DEAD is a horror movie, but not of the likes of modern gorefests. Slow impending doom, atmospheric sets, cinematography, and a stellar performance from Boris Karloff makes this a very fine movie. 1912. A hardass Greek general (Karloff) finds himself on a cemetery island with the requisite assortment of odd characters, the plague, maybe a vorvolaka (Greek evil undead creature, a vampire for the purposes of the movie) and definitely the fears that all humans are prey to. There is a plot hole, but in terms of the narrative, that's what gets the real horror going. Produced by the great Val Newton, directed by Mark Robson, released by RKO, it is a very good movie and well worth your time.

    So, we have a movie with a fear of spreading a plague, lots of hand washing, and a prohibition against skin to skin contact which is not adhered to. 2020? No, 1945. Amazing film, and not just for the echoes into our day. ISLE OF THE DEAD is a horror movie, but not of the likes of modern gorefests. Slow impending doom, atmospheric sets, cinematography, and a stellar performance from Boris Karloff makes this a very fine movie. 1912. A hardass Greek general (Karloff) finds himself on a cemetery island with the requisite assortment of odd characters, the plague, maybe a vorvolaka (Greek evil undead creature, a vampire for the purposes of the movie) and definitely the fears that all humans are prey to. There is a plot hole, but in terms of the narrative, that's what gets the real horror going. Produced by the great Val Newton, directed by Mark Robson, released by RKO, it is a very good movie and well worth your time.

  • Aug 26, 2019

    An amazing film and arguably Karloff's best outside of the first two Frankenstein movies. An original plot and some memorable scenes make this a classic of the era.

    An amazing film and arguably Karloff's best outside of the first two Frankenstein movies. An original plot and some memorable scenes make this a classic of the era.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Excellent little Val Lewton produced thriller. Well worth catching.

    Excellent little Val Lewton produced thriller. Well worth catching.

  • Feb 12, 2017

    This is another Val Lewton production and it is creepy and atmospheric, though not outright scary. Boris Karloff stars as a Greek General in 1912 who is policing a group of people he's quarantined to an island after an outbreak of a plague. There are plenty of creep moments and it is fairly entertaining, but not up to par of some of the other Lewton films. Still, as a genre fan I found it worth watching.

    This is another Val Lewton production and it is creepy and atmospheric, though not outright scary. Boris Karloff stars as a Greek General in 1912 who is policing a group of people he's quarantined to an island after an outbreak of a plague. There are plenty of creep moments and it is fairly entertaining, but not up to par of some of the other Lewton films. Still, as a genre fan I found it worth watching.

  • Dec 28, 2016

    A super intriguing and well acted cult classic, Val Lewton brings the goods to an unexpected level. This is a great film, even though it doesn't look like it.

    A super intriguing and well acted cult classic, Val Lewton brings the goods to an unexpected level. This is a great film, even though it doesn't look like it.

  • Sep 12, 2016

    Very dated. I'm sure it was a fine movie for the era, but watching it now, it just seems corny.

    Very dated. I'm sure it was a fine movie for the era, but watching it now, it just seems corny.

  • Apr 22, 2016

    Karloff is great in this. Very strange, creepy movie, with a really scary shot in it that's feels about 50 years ahead of its time.

    Karloff is great in this. Very strange, creepy movie, with a really scary shot in it that's feels about 50 years ahead of its time.

  • Dec 28, 2015

    Isle of the Dead is a decent film. It is about several people who are trapped by quarantine for the plague in 1912 on a Greek island. Boris Karloff and Ellen Drew give good performances. The script is a little slow in places. Mark Robson did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.

    Isle of the Dead is a decent film. It is about several people who are trapped by quarantine for the plague in 1912 on a Greek island. Boris Karloff and Ellen Drew give good performances. The script is a little slow in places. Mark Robson did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.

  • Oct 31, 2015

    Pretty unusual plot, and eerie too boot.

    Pretty unusual plot, and eerie too boot.