Isle of the Dead
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Isle of the Dead was reportedly inspired by producer Val Lewton's own morbid fascination with the subject of premature burial. On a tiny Greek coastal island in the year 1912, a ruthless but essentially decent General (Boris Karloff) tries to maintain order when a plague breaks out. Several mismatched people are quarantined on the island--one of whom, nurse Thea (Ellen Drew), is suspected of being a vampire responsible for the plague. The film's setpiece is the entombment of Mrs. St. Aubyn (Katherine Emery), a plague victim who may or may not still be alive. Considered a misfire when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"It's better handled and directed than most though thriller fans will still find its lack of action a drag."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"quite bad"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Its poetical finale comes a little too late to save it from its general dullness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Full of expertly handled shocks."
‑ , Film4
"The film comes magnificently alive with the burial sequence, and with the zombie-like, white-robed woman roaming through shadowy galleries and shuttered rooms."
‑ , Time Out
"Mark Robson's direction here reduces a country's political/spiritual unrest to pronouncements by pinned-down actors about "uneasy conscience" and "fool's courage""
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"One of the few truly scary films of the 1940s."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"One of the better post-Tourneur Lewton films"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[Proves] that even at their flimsiest, there's still no such thing as a worthless Val Lewton horror picture."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Claustrophobic and nightmarishly atmospheric."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Zombies and Karloff...chills and thrills."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
""memorably moody""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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