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  • Actors: Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Anna Palk, Jack Watson, Anthony Valentine
  • Directors: Jim O'Connolly
  • Producers: Richard Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1YVGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jim O'Connolly co-writes and directs this British horror set in an abandoned lighthouse. A group of anthropologists and treasure hunters travel to Snape Island to find an ancient Phoenecian treasure said to be buried there. But in their quest to strike gold, the group disturb the slumbers of terrifying forces and a mysterious creature surfaces to kill them off one by one...

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By French Moviefan on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this film in the seventies in a french movie theater for the first time. I didn't like it so much at this time (I was 18 years old). The french title was "La tour du Diable" which means "The tower of the Devil". I saw this film for the second time this week and I was surprised, because I like this movie much more today. It's a good mix of blood and nudity (girls are pretty nice here). Atmosphere is creepy and there's a good suspense during 90 minutes. If you are a fan of horror movies from the seventies, you will like this flick. It's not a masterpiece, but a well done entertainment. More than 30 years later, I really enjoy this movie. The print is in a good shape. I recommand this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 19 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
1972’s Tower Of Evil, also known as Horror On Snape Island and then later as Beyond The Fog (to cash in on the success of Carpenter’s movie), begins with a fantastic scene in which the father and son team of John (George Coulouris) and Hamp Gurney (Jack Watson) take their rickety old boat ashore and set about exploring a creepy island enshrouded in fog. They come across an old lighthouse tower and after poking about discover three naked corpses, one of which is missing its head. The only survivor of what appears to be a massacre is Penny (Candace Glendenning), who runs out of her hiding place naked, screaming, and brandishing a very big knife which she uses to stab John to death on the spot.

From here we cut to a hospital where Dr. Simpson (Anthony Valentine) tries to use some sort of wacky hypnotherapy to pick through Penny’s memories and find out the truth about what happened in the tower. Through flashback scenes we see two teenage couples arrive on Snape Island, to party and have sex, but not for long as they start to get victimized by an unseen killer who disposes the victims with an axe. Meanwhile, a museum director named Laurence Bakewell (Dennis Price) puts together a team to head to that very same island in hopes of discovering the burial ground and potential treasures left behind by a Phoenician king. Consisting of four archeologists – Adam Masters (Mark Edwards), Rose Mason (Jill Haworth), Nora Winthrop (Anna Palk) and Dan Winthrop (Derek Fowlds) and a tough guy detective named Evan Brent (Byrant Haliday). Tower Of Evil succeeds as a pretty enjoyable mix of stalk and slash kill scenes and moody atmosphere.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. A. Williamson on 21 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Just to put the record straight before I get into the review proper, this American import Blu ray from Scorpion is completely region free and playable on all BD players worldwide unlike what one of the other reviewers believed so order in confidence.
Tower Of Evil was made at a time when relaxed censorship allowed filmakers the opportunity to inject heavy doses of sex and violence into movies making the horror pictures of the 50s and 60s almost quaint in comparison. Often thought of as a forerunner to the slasher films that would take the horror genre by storm throughout the 70s and 80, Tower Of Evil also predates Bob Clarkes Black Christmas and John Carpenters iconic Halloween. Originally released as The Horror On Snape Island in America(a title I actually prefer), Tower Of Evil starts out with a bang as we are introduced to the foreboding and seemingly uninhabited Snape Island, a lifeless fog enshrouded lump of rock jutting out of an unnamed sea. Enter a fisherman and his son Hamp(Jack Watson of Peeping Tom and Wild Geese) who for reasons unknown land on Snape only to be confronted by a murder scene with mutilated bodies littering the rocky surfaces of the island. What is also strange is that the victims appear to have been bumped off by a killer who uses a valuable Phoenician sword. The fisherman manage to find a survivor of the atrocity only for the naked and totally delerious young girl to kill the father believing her would-be rescuers to be the protagonist who offed her friends. Enter a team of archaeologists who are rightly impressed by the murder weapon used in the massacre. They travel to Snape Island along with Hamp and his young horny hired help Brom believing there to be more untold treasures in the caves beneath the desolate Snape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Here's another one. You know-films you always think are better than they are, and when you see them-they aren't very good...but, you still come back to them. This, for me is one of those films. I haven't seen it for a good many years but have fond memories. My thoughts on this SCORPION/KATARINA'S NiGHTMARE THEATER release--A very good transfer 16.9 ratio, with good sound, extras are an intro by Katarina (surprisingly good) and an interview with a film historian and an original trailer. Good value for money. The basic plot is interesting, but muddled, the flashbacks being a)impossible and b) not really helpful. The acting is something to behold (do google Bryant Halliday), and poor Jill Haworth probably wished she had never signed the contract. Anna Palk comes out of it the best and is pretty sexy in a bitchy way. You must experience Gary Hamilton's performence as "Bron" Wonderful stuff. There are quite a few shocks, but not enough tension, and as for the "Guest stars", Dennis Price, probably on set for half a day, and utterly wasted, and William Lucas and Anthony Valentine seem to be in a different film. (Nice to see my favourite character actress Marianne Stone as Valentine's nurse). Negative rubbish I hear you scream and out come the pens. But as I said,, I do keep coming back to this film, I like it, I really do - Cardboard set (effective), and hammy acting don't bother me. This is a fine example of horror film made cheaply, and somehow, no matter what criticism is thrown at it, it still works (for me). Not too sure about recomending it. Get it and make up your own mind. You could do a lot worse. No Subtitles.
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