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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the sleaziest of the nasties., 22 Dec 2009
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Mr. SCM Bell "Black Cat Theory" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Babysitter`s Seduction (DVD)
Of all the infamous nasties out there Island of Death, for me seemed to be one of the more luridly attractive ones. I.e. contained the most depravity! Having finally tracked down a reasonably priced and uncut version of the film I finally got to see what all the fuss is about.

It is certain from the outset that explicit violence and gore are not what got this film banned. The nails through the hands and force-fed paint scenes are certainly no worse than what you see in glossy 15-rated Hollywood horrors now. I think what offended with this one is not so much the actions of the film's murderers, Celia and Christopher but the lifestyles of their victims.

Oh yes, gay, lesbian and straight, the promiscuous and the drug users are all in the cross-hair here. The film maker even takes time out to execute a black detective. Just for having the audacity to try and bring good old Chris and Celia to justice.

While the violence is muted the sleaze certainly isn't. Things bash along in a fashion that stops a little shy (a little too shy if you ask me) of softcore porn. But don't worry, what it lacks in explicitness it more than makes up for in frequency. You will be pleased to know that the absolutely gorgeous heroine (or should that be villainess) played exceptionally woodenly by Jane Ryall only ever keeps herself covered up for thirty seconds at a time.

In truth Island of Death is worth it for Ryall alone. She genuinely looks good enough to eat and that whole ditsy, can't act thing that she does only serves to heighten her appeal! For me anyway. Rather disturbingly, the comely Ms Ryall appeared briefly in one other crap Greek film and then was never heard from again. I mourn.

The story of Island of Death is the usual poor fodder, although certainly superior to many. The Bonnie and Clyde thing is never fully realised however as it is implied that Christopher is the real psycho and Celia is just meekly caught up in his wake - occasionally looking wretched and criticising his actions. But yet she carries out probably the most cold killing in the whole film. What the hell is that all about? Either make her a proper victim or a proper villain. It also irked me a bit the speed at which she turns on Christopher at the end. Mind you, this is trash cinema after all. Island of Death plays out almost like a crap sex comedy and that isn't a bad thing. No one likes a bad film that takes itself too seriously.

This is definitely one for fans of trash films and 'so bad its good stuff' (me). The acting is universally poor with a couple of the characters apparently just reading their lines conversationally.

Aside from that however, it actually looks quite professionally made. The shots are reasonably framed and the camera-work not too static. The editing has dated it a bit but that just lends it that inimitable sleazy 70's feel.

So thats about it, nasty in tone, but not in action perhaps? A little kinky, certainly: Just check out the promiscuous older woman being urinated on. Does it deserve its infamy? Probably not, but its still a good bit better than most of the dross on the nasty's list.

Oh yeah, bring back Jane Ryall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seduced by Keri Russell, 22 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Babysitter`s Seduction (DVD)
I'm not sure what the other reviews are doing on this page but they are certainly miscatalogued. This certainly isn't a 1980s video nasty called "Island of Death" but a TV video nice made in 1996 starring the delectable Keri Russell ("The Waitress") in a very early role (she was 19 at the time) as a high-school student implicated in a murder plot by a manipulative wealthy businessman played by Stephen Collins.

The plot is standard movie-of-the-week fare but the main selling-point of the film is to include Ms Russell, who has the longest hair of possibly any Hollywood starlet I know (she certainly did then), in as many shots as possible and in a variety of costumes including the inevitable bikini. This is not to denigrate her performance which is assured and confident as she alternates, sometimes implausibly, from wide-eyed ingenue to femme fatale. The film is very derivative and has overtones of the first "Stepfather" film in particular. If you're a fan of Ms Russell this is well worth adding to your collection. If you're not and you don't like TV potboilers either then this is perhaps not for you. Also features Phylicia Raschad (Mrs Cosby in "The Cosby Show") as a lady detective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the sword!, 2 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Babysitter`s Seduction (DVD)
People who come to this sort of film generally know exactly what they're looking for. Island of Death ticks almost every box when it comes to exploitation cinema, featuring scenes of incest, bestiality, rape, murder, water sports, hard drug use and crucifixion. Director Nico Mastorakis admittedly went for broke in making the ultimate exploitation film, yet in spite of this seemingly cash-in inspired motivation, the film rises above its parade of obscenities and exudes a rare charm and likeability palpably missing from other out-and-out 'sick' ventures such as Cannibal Ferox. Somehow, amidst all the chaos, there's something pure about this film. It's beautifully photographed and imaginatively edited for such a low-budget effort, the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos providing a clean palate for the blood-drenched deliverance of main character Christopher's sword. Seeking to purify the island of what he sees as perversion, himself a psychosexual maniac of Biblical proportions, Christopher represents in one man much of the tyranny and hypocrisy of the Catholic establishment. Compare Christopher's actions to those reported in recent times about institutionalised child abuse in the Catholic church and he's doesn't seem as much of a devil as his real-life brethren. And this is the message of Island of Death - beware false prophets, wolves in sheep's clothing (or goat's in Christopher's case, in one of the film's most memorable couplings).

But beyond any message there's much to enjoy on the level of pure exploitation, not least Christopher's demented relationship with his sister and lover, Celia. It's a wonderful thing to witness them in coitus in a Mykonos phone booth while Chris engages in a conversation with their mother, hanging up at the point of orgasm. Celia becomes increasingly unhappy with Christopher's progressively demented behaviour, yet still goes along with it, perhaps a reflection of the audience's reaction of shock and titillation. Perfectly happy, charming people are dispatched in a variety of inventively gruesome ways by the raving Christopher, yet it is Celia's more passive enjoyment of these murders that is more chilling. She's just going along with her dominant brother, at least until the end of the film when she finally realises he doesn't really love her. It's a pleasure to watch them cavort across the Greek countryside as they attempt to escape their pursuers, accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack that has been etched in my mind since first seeing this film when I was about 15. And as another reviewer has noted, it's the peaceful scenes of the pair enjoying 'normal' holiday pastimes between the murders that add an even more sinister element to their character.

Ultimately, Christopher believes he can do whatever he wishes in the 'name of God', giving him carte blanche to torture and murder at will, as has been documented throughout history. But don't let me put you off with all this 'deeper meaning' rhetoric, because this film can be enjoyed purely as an exploitation classic - a succession of wonderfully shameless scenes of rape, murder, torture and incest set against beautiful Greek vistas and soundtracked by some great music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best video Nastie!, 14 Sep 2008
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A. H. Dovey "EarthThrone" (EXETER) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Babysitter`s Seduction (DVD)
I don't want to go into too much detail here and depth, but if you're a fan of the 80's sleaze / Video Nasties then this film is or should be in your top 5.

From incest to beastieality, murder, suspense and drama (including HORROR) this is your ticket to sicksville.

Lime stone never occured to me before, ever.

Go get now!
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