Island of Death

Island of Death

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Director: Nico Mastorakis, Robert Behling, Jessica Dublin

Cast: Nico Mastorakis, Robert Behling, Jessica Dublin

     
 

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All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Director Nico Mastorakis has insisted Island of Death was made with purely mercenary motives, to deliver a large profit and gain bankability as a professional filmmaker, not to express any antisocial tendencies of his own. It's a relief, because this graphic Grecian protoslasher is one of the most perverse exploitation films released to the public, a laundry list of outrages that will cause the viewer to wonder what kind of mind could conceive such a monstrosity. Clean-cut couple Christopher and Celia (Robert Behling and Jessica Dublin) arrive on the peaceful isle of Mykonos for some rest and relaxation; however, it's soon apparent that their idea of a vacation involves the brutal murders of townspeople they deem sinful and unworthy. Their enmity for homosexuals, adultery, and drug addiction results in various creative death scenes, including a beheading by bulldozer and a high-altitude lynching from the wing of an airborne plane. But this aggressive prudishness is at odds with Christopher's early-morning rape and murder of an innocent sheep, not to mention his clear sexual delight at the snuff photos Celia takes to document each slaying. As the killings persist, Celia begins feeling uneasy, questioning the morality of their deeds and fearing capture; eventually a prophetic dream she has will come true, leading to a conclusion involving forced sodomy, incest, and a deadly pit of limestone. While Island of Death is obviously calculated to offend and/or titillate with its gratuity, Mastorakis takes the film in interesting directions. In his brief appearance as a journalist investigating the deadly lovers before alerting the authorities, Mastorakis seems to quietly apologize for creating the film, asserting himself as one who chronicles horrific acts, but refuses responsibility for them. Christopher narrates and the events unfold from the killers' point of view, resulting in mundane scenes of crime preparation ("Wait, I forgot the gun") that provide a weird insight into the characters, although never enough to sway sympathy away from the victims. The rich cinematography captures the beautiful Greek seaside and the quaint village residing there, incorporating authentic local folk as unwitting minor players. Still, these distinctions are incidental and don't elevate Island of Death beyond the stated goal of sickening its audience. Horror-show fans seeking new, unsettling thrills won't be disappointed with this unique atrocity, which delivers ghoulish psychosexual content without completely conforming to convention.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2015
UPC:
0760137736592
Original Release:
1975
Source:
Arrow Video
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
278

Special Features

Exploring Island of Death-film historian Stephen Thrower on the making of a cult classic Return to Island of Death-Mastorakis returns to the original Mykonos locations Archive interview with Mastorakis Alternative opening titles Island sounds-five original tracks from the Island of Death soundtrack Original theatrical trailer The films of Nico Mastorakis-four-part documentary charting the director's filmmaking career [Blu-ray only] Nico Mastorakis trailer reel [Blu-ray only]

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Disc #1 -- Island of Death
1. Chapter 1 [9:03]
2. Chapter 2 [9:27]
3. Chapter 3 [7:19]
4. Chapter 4 [9:39]
5. Chapter 5 [8:47]
6. Chapter 6 [9:07]
7. Chapter 7 [8:37]
8. Chapter 8 [9:13]
9. Chapter 9 [:46]
10. Chapter 10 [7:41]
11. Chapter 11 [7:31]
12. Chapter 12 [11:25]
13. Chapter 13 [7:12]

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Island of Death 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am ashamed to know this film. I am also ashamed to have it among my collection. It involves a sick man who for some reason thinks he's ''God's Messenger'' and brutally kills everyone he feels isn't doing right by God. The thing about it is, he is isn't doing right by God either. You'll see why if you watch this film. I don't want to give anymore away. If you're into complete trash, and when i say trash i mean licking the bottom of a garbage can, then seek out this flick. It is repulsive. P.S. - This is coming from someone who watched Joel Reed's ''Bloodsucking Freaks'' with a smile plastered on their face...so be warned!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first put this movie into my DVD player I did not know what to expect as the cover of the box (and the back side) did not provide any information. I did not remember this title from theatrical showings, so I purchased it out of curiosity, I guess, because of being a Horror movie fan. The movie appeared to be of the same era as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1970's) and contained scenes of almost every type of perversion imaginable. It is no wonder the box laid claim to the fact that this was 'the movie that censors don't want you to see'. Wondering why anyone would want to create such a bizarre movie, I accessed the interview of its creator Nico Mastorakis and listened to it in its entirety. The interview was very interesting, enlightening and fascinating. Like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and as I suspected in the fartherest reaches of my mind) the creation of this movie involved money making. It is not a great creation as it appears low budget in all ways, and some of the acting is terrible, but most of the perverted scenes do appear very real, shocking and disgusting. A horror movie? MOST DEFINITELY! I was horrified by it.