Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Damned) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Damned) Reviews

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½ April 11, 2016
An unusual one for the Lee/Cushing team. Pretty terrible but of academic interest if you are into these old films.
January 14, 2016
Despite the obvious shortcomings this is a good slice of 60's British sci fi. An island is suffering a heatwave whilst mainland Britain shivers because of an alien life force.
½ January 13, 2016
Decent mystery-horror with solid enough performances for the genre. It probably should be a cult film but it has probably the fastest conclusion to getting rid of the ever present horror I've ever seen - which is ultimately a disappointment. It borrows from 'War Of The Worlds' with its storyline.
½ March 12, 2014
Strange happenings on Fara--Lee & Cushing sweat it out!!
February 2, 2013
It's a hilarious little horror about nothing, the "aliens" are seen only briefly at the end. For many reasons it reminds me strongly of "Island of Terror" although that one was more enjoyable. Still its pretty much fun to see Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Patrick Allen sweating so much to make something out of the weak story. Definitely for hardcore fans.
July 16, 2012
Fantastic Sci Fi from 1967, good story, great acting, and a host of top actors, the only criticism is the sweat was a little OTT, but its a great film,
April 26, 2012
This island -- she's too hot!
½ December 22, 2011
I think when you're getting the billing as co-starring it means that you are killed off probably about half way through so they don't give you top billing...unless you are the only star involved where as they need to sell the picture. Poor Peter Cushing given this billing & not given much to do except drink @ a pub & then ultimately meets his ends. It's a thankless role. In fact this is a thankless film. Even Christopher Lee who gets top billing meets his bitter ends in a not so glorious fashion. An uber low budget affair that derives it's plot flow by dialogue, sound fx & lighting & when you finally do see the alien invasion it's lame. I actually booed the end of this movie because when everyone was trying to tawt the alien invasion it just rained & did it for them..BOOO!!!
December 7, 2010
Similar to his Island of Terror, a very weak effort from a director like Fisher. The cast save what can be saved.
½ August 9, 2009
Late nite popcorn flick to get you in the mood for a GOOD hammer flick....not too bad, but not nearly one of the best Terence Fisher flicks...
February 22, 2009
The stellar British cast fail to liven up this limp wannabe b-movie about a set of aliens cooking up an island by way of invasion.
Super Reviewer
½ September 28, 2008
What a weird movie. Alright, I admit I am really into B-Movies. But if a B-Movie could be called a good plane flying under the radar, then this movie is a loop of crash landings and not in your good 'Ed Woodian' Way. And it is a disappointment to Terence Fisher fans. It may be marketed as a Lee/Cushing gem but is missing the class of their other collaborations like Dracula and The Mummy (Cushing only has a guest starring role anyway). Of course, some funny moments lighten up the movie, such as the awfully bad acting, the weird creatures and the nymphomanic young beat-girl taking of her clothes all the time - the movie is from 67 after all.

You should stay away from that movie though and rather watch some better Terence Fisher movies that are definitely out there.
August 16, 2008
British sci-fi film has an interesting story and a strong cast, but suffers from a slow pace and inexplicable ending. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are at their finest, as is the rest of the cast, who manage to make a somewhat ridiculous story believable. Director Terence Fisher creates an effective atmosphere, but the plot plods along and the film is just too long. The ending is a disappointment, with some goofy looking monsters and an abrupt, logic-defying solution to what had been a fascinating mystery.
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