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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.
What evil force is loose that empties graves of these long dead...buries those still alive...leaves behind it death...AND WORSE! (original half-sheet poster)
Title: Isle Of The Dead
Release Date: September 01, 1945
Runtime: 71 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I
MPAA Rating: Approved
Boris Karloff ...Gen. Nikolas Pherides
Ellen Drew ...Thea
Marc Cramer ...Oliver Davis
Katherine Emery ...Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn
Helen Thimig ...Madame Kyra (as Helene Thimig)
Alan Napier ...St. Aubyn
Jason Robards Sr. ...Albrecht (as Jason Robards)
Ernst Deutsch ...Dr. Drossos (as Ernst Dorian)
Sherry Hall ...Col. Kobestes
Erick Hanson ...Officer
Skelton Knaggs ...Andrew Robbins
Jack J. Gross
More Movie Taglines:
- What evil force is loose that empties graves of these long dead...buries those still alive...leaves behind it death...AND WORSE! (original half-sheet poster)
- APPALLING! WEIRD! BAFFLING! (original half-sheet poster)
- SHE ISN'T DEAD yet she's BURIED ALIVE! (original half-sheet poster)
- FORBIDDEN ADVENTURE! (original print ad
- all caps)
- A grave's dank darkness smothers the screams of a girl still alive!
- Stealthy, nameless terror empties tombs of those long dead!..buries those still alive!...leaves behind it DEATH...and worse!
- One of these six will be BURIED ALIVE! None can hear their screams on this far-off horror island! None can stop the terrors a man-monster holds in store!
- Thea: Laws can be wrong, and laws can be cruel, and the people who live only by the law are both wrong and cruel.
- 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.
Filming began in July 1944, but was suspended when Boris Karloff required back surgery. It was completed in December 1944. After Karloff had recovered from surgery, but before the cast of Isle of the Dead could be reassembled, Val Lewton and Karloff made The Body Snatcher (1945), which was released first.
A vorvolakas (also vrykolakas) occurs in Greek folklore as an undead creature capable of causing harm to the living. Its characteristics are similar to many other characters of legend, but it is most closely associated with vampires. However, vorvolakas are not noted for blood-drinking.
The statue of the three-headed dog is of Cerberus who guards the gates of Hades to prevent anybody escaping back across the River Styx.
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