The Shuttered Room (Blood Island)

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Another semi-successful attempt to adapt the works of American fantasist H.P. Lovecraft to the screen, this is loosely based on the short story The Shuttered Room (also an alternate release title for the film), a story which is purported to be more the work of "posthumous collaborator" August Derleth. The story involves a couple's return to the creepy old ancestral home, located on an island in New England, in which they soon discover the dark secret hidden behind a heavily-locked door in the attic... a door the fearful townsfolk declare "must never be opened." Oliver Reed delivers one of his patented gruff, over-the-top performances as the local nutcase, and director David Greene creates a suitably moody atmosphere, but much like the Roger Corman-produced The Dunwich Horror, this film fails to act on the spooky potential of its theme. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Gig Young
as Mike Kelton
Carol Lynley
as Susannah Kelton/Sarah
Flora Robson
as Aunt Agatha
William Devlin
as Zebulon Whateley
Robert Cawdron
as Luther Whateley
Celia Hewitt
as Aunt Sarah
Anita Anderson
as Susannah as a Child
Barbara Bel Geddes
as Mary Whateley
Ingred Bower
as Village Girl
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  • Sep 28, 2011
    A very boring pseudo-British giallo is the best way to describe The Shuttered Room. There's nothing particularly special about the film whatsoever except its three main leads: Gig Young, the scrumptuous Carol Lynley and the encapsulating Oliver Reed. I found the score in this one to be particularly annoying, as well. It sounds like a jazz band from Hell brought to Hollywood to do a soundtrack. The story itself isn't all that interesting. If Dario Argento had directed Straw Dogs in England, it might have wound up coming off like this. The movie does get Carol Lynley nearly naked, so it does have that going for it. Gig Young is quite funny with his impersonation of James Bond - running around Judo-chopping the town riff raff and driving around in his fancy car. Other than those things, this one isn't all that remarkable or memorable.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a very disappointing horror movie, it's not even scary and the ending is predictable from the start. None of the actors are very impressive either. Overall, this movie isn't worth seeing.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-shuttered-room-12493569"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/49/35/12493569_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-shuttered-room-12493578"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/49/35/12493578_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-shuttered-room-12493573"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/49/35/12493573_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-shuttered-room-12493603"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/49/36/12493603_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-shuttered-room-12493580"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/49/35/12493580_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/12493576"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/49/35/12493576_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>The Shuttered Room</I></a> </div></div> <I>THE SHUTTERED ROOM</I> (BRITISH, 1967) AKA: <I>BLOOD ISLAND</I> WRITTEN BY: D.B. Ledrov based on the book by August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft DIRECTED BY: David Green FEATURING: Oliver Reed, Gig Young, Flora Robson, and Carol Lynley GENRE: HORROR PLOT: In this H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, a newlywed couple inherits an abandoned mill only to discover that a long string of grisly incidents is linked to the unnameable creature inhabiting its loft. <I>The Shuttered Room</I> is a strange yarn of monsters and madness. The setting is claustrophobic and creepy, the characters are downright bizarre, and so are the situations that the protagonists stumble into. Despite this the cinematography is expertly and artfully executed. Thus the viewer expects a conventional storyline, and it is unsettling when shocking events unfold. COMMENTS: A newlywed couple, Mike and Susannah Kelton (Young, Lynley) travel to an island off of the Connecticut shoreline to visit an old mill which Su just inherited. It was once her childhood home. From the start she has reservations, but the couple perseveres at Mike's urging. They need to view the property with the goal of renovating the mill into a bed and breakfast. As soon as they arrive on the island, the locals begin subjecting them to the old "Yew ain't from around here!" treatment (even though Su is). Mike meets her uncle who insists that they should leave. The uncle's employee shows Mike his mutilated face, missing an eye and reports that the injury was caused by the devil when he got drunk and spent a night in the abandoned mill. The couple also meet the local ruffians, a gang of unsavory toughs led by a psychopath named Ethan (Reed) who happens to be Su's cousin. Mike is a dignified magazine editor. Both he and Su are cityslickers -and it shows. The hooligans, waste no time expressing their country-fried contempt for the educated, well dressed pair. They brazenly leer at Su and even her cousin Ethan has incestuous rape in mind. The initial scene in <I>The Shuttered Room</I> furnishes a glimpse at some sort of childhood trauma caused by an insane relative who attacked Su when she was a toddler. A dirty back room secret, the miscreant is kept confined to special quarters in the family home which Su now learns was the old mill. The restraint chamber is blocked by a sinister red door with a very weird peephole protected by cruel spikes. Su represses her early memories and the denial is causing her to have psychological issues. The couple find Su's old toys, family furnishings, and can't help but note that strange door. What was once behind the door holds the answer to Su's latent angst. Discovering answers about her past was part of her motivation to return to the island. Due to the bizarre nature of her return to the island, she quickly begins to question the virtues of digging them up As soon as the couple settle in, they share an intimate moment interrupted by Ethan licentiously peeping at them through a window, He leads them to a decrepit lighthouse where Su has a reunion with her eccentric Aunt Agatha (Robson) who warns the Keltons about a curse on Su's family. She learns that her parents were silled by lightening and that the old mill harbors a deadly secret. Auntie implores the pair to leave the island at once lest the curse befall them too. As the couple explores the mill and the island, they have several unsavory encounters with the gang of nutty, violent locals. Ethan's girlfriend shows up at the mill late at night to steal a coveted item from the Keltons and is mysteriously and monstrously slashed to death. The old mill itself is as creepy as can be with a sinister overhanging loft several stories over the entrance. The loft features a mysterious trap door in its floor once used for winching up sacks of grain. An imposing structure, it is the room behind the creepy red door and holds the danger that the islanders dread. Ultimately the thugs ambush and waylay Mike to divert him while Ethan attempts to rape Su. Mike gets away and rushes to his wife's rescue where they discover that Ethan has unleashed the dreaded family curse. When it manifests itself, Ethan and the Keltons fight for their lives in a bizarre and cathartic showdown. <I>The Shuttered Room</I> is a Gothic style story about isolation, the unknown, dreadful places, and being trapped. It is not a fast paced spatterfest of a horror movie, but the setting and situations are dreadfully creepy, unusual and memorable. Basil Kirchin's (<I>The Abominable Dr. Phibes</I>) lively, innovative score enhances the film's atmosphere of psychic anxiety. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11070712"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/C8vwtfoy0SQ/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>The Shuttered Room</I></a> - CLIP </div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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