Isle of the Dead
Isle of the Dead (1945)

Inspired by Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin's famous painting, this seminal horror film marked the first of three collaborations between RKO producer Val Lewton and British genre star Boris Karloff. Set during the 1912 Balkan Wars, Isle of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 1, 1945
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It's better handled and directed than most though thriller fans will still find its lack of action a drag.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

quite bad

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its poetical finale comes a little too late to save it from its general dullness.

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Time Out

The film comes magnificently alive with the burial sequence, and with the zombie-like, white-robed woman roaming through shadowy galleries and shuttered rooms.

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Fernando F. Croce

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"

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the few truly scary films of the 1940s.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Proves] that even at their flimsiest, there's still no such thing as a worthless Val Lewton horror picture.

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TV Guide

Claustrophobic and nightmarishly atmospheric.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Zombies and Karloff...chills and thrills.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Confused. Some nice plot kernels and plenty of great Lewton atmospherics but ... no. Too much going on here.
Michael Gildea
Isle of the Dead is another great movie in the Val Lewton stable of low budget but obscenely effective suspense/horror movies. It beautifully straddles… More
Tim Salmons
This one came as a complete surprise to me. Here I was expecting a schlock horror film and what do I get? A very suspenseful and thought-provoking thriller.… More
Cindy I
Another eerie entry from the Val Lewton camp. This one stars Boris Karloff as a Greek general who takes it upon himself to police a group of people on a… More
Aj V
Vampires, plague, zombies, murder? What is this movie about? And why is it so boring? Karloff is good as usual, but the story isn't up to par.