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Isle of the Dead (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 1 September 1945 (USA)
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Robson

Writer:

Ardel Wray
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Gen. Nikolas Pherides
Ellen Drew ... Thea
Marc Cramer ... Oliver Davis
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn
Helene Thimig ... Madame Kyra
Alan Napier ... St. Aubyn
Jason Robards Sr. ... Albrecht (as Jason Robards)
Ernst Deutsch ... Dr. Drossos (as Ernst Dorian)
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On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects one young girl of being a vampiric kind of demon called a vorvolaka. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Stealthy, nameless terror empties tombs of those long dead!..buries those still alive!...leaves behind it DEATH...and worse! See more »


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Trivia

The 19th century artist Bocklin painted "The Isle of the Dead." It appears in the credits of this film and is recreated in the sets. See more »

Goofs

General Pherides has two stars on his collar to denote his rank, whereas Doctor Drossos has epaulettes of knotted embroidery. The Hellenic Army of the Balkans War did not use insignia on collars to denote rank. Rank was indicated on epaulettes. A Lieutenant General's epaulette had two large silver stars on gold embroidery with red edging. A Captain's epaulette has three smaller silver stars on a striped epaulette (red-gold-red). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Drossos: I meet my old familiar enemy, Death. I've fought him before. I've won, often. Now he wins. Let him come for me.
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Connections

Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

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One of Val Lewton's best horror movie
12 November 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Scary, fascinating tale set in 1912 Greece. A bunch of people are quarantined on an island (which contains a graveyard) by the plague. A general (Boris Karloff) is in charge, but people dying from the plague, the isolation and close quarters begin to eat away at him. He starts to believe a young, healthy woman among them is a vorvolaka (a vampire). And there's the woman who has an extreme fear of being buried alive...

Quick paced and very literate horror film. There's lots of dialogue about faith, wars, superstition--all of it interesting. The settings are very dark, eerie with a spooky wind always blowing. There are scary moments throughout but they really shift into high gear during the final 15 minutes.

This movie gave me nightmares when I was little! The cast is adequate (except for Jason Robards Sr.--boy, was he annoying!) but Karloff and Katherine Emery were excellent.

Truly frightening old horror film. A definite must-see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camilla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$246,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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