The Horror Asylum

Sign Up   Forgot Password? 
11,660 horror articles & features | 6,975 horror movies | 1,565 horror reviews | 1,333 giveaways hosted | 226 delicious interviews Established in 2001  
The Horror Asylum
  Horror News   Reviews   Giveaways   Interviews
Movies | TV | DVDs | Books | Games Movies | DVD | Books | Games Just Added | Ending Soon Just Added | Archives
Home About Enquiries Submissions Advertising Premium Feeds Cookies

LATEST HORROR HEADLINES

Horror-on-Sea Entry Echoes Hitchcock Starkness Are Food Supplies Running out for the Walking Dead Survivors? When Cheers Turn To Screams...An Interview with the Creative Team Behind Mercy Christmas Dark Moon Comic Ends With a Blast!
The Top 5 Virtual Reality Horror Games Classic Horror Shows that should be Rebooted British Horror 'Whispers' Continues to Scare Up U.S. Audiences The Best Retro Horror Games

WIN a HORROR PRIZE PACK from Level 33 Entertainment
WIN a HORROR PRIZE PACK from Level 33 Entertainment
WIN William Friedkin's SORCERER on Blu-ray
WIN William Friedkin's SORCERER on Blu-ray
WIN Dark Night on DVD
WIN Dark Night on DVD
Win NUMB on Digital Download
Win NUMB on Digital Download
Win WILLARD and BEN on Blu-ray
Win WILLARD and BEN on Blu-ray
WIN The Canterville Ghost on Blu-ray
WIN The Canterville Ghost on Blu-ray


Island of the Dead
Buy from Play.com Buy from Zavvi.com

Island of the Dead (2000)

movie | Movie Details
Images, Posters, News
| Comments
Have your say

Plot Summary:
"Stranded on a deserted island, a group of people struggle to survive against a swarm of supernatural flies."


Reviewer: John Dedeke @horrorasylum
Location:USA
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

 

# Bad movies seem to go hand-in-hand with the horror genre. While every category of film is bound to have its lesser offerings (usually found on the direct-to-video shelves of your local shop), it is the horror genre that seems to attract more stinkers than any other. There's an old saying in Hollywood that horror movies are so numerous because they can be made cheaply and will almost always turn at least a small profit. Maybe it is that flawed logic that deserves the blame for the atrocity that is Island of the Dead, a film that had no right in ever being MADE, much less earning any profit.

Malcolm McDowell, whose career has now sunk to levels previously not thought to be humanly possible, plays a megalomaniac developer inexplicably obsessed with building a housing project on a desolate New York island. His counterpart in the film is a young Manhattan detective searching for three little girls who continually haunt her mind each day. We get to know both of these characters all-too-well throughout the first hour of the film, which is literally nothing but character development. This is the most exhaustive example of exposition bad cinema has ever seen, and yet it's all for naught, as none of it does anything whatsoever to engage the viewer. Instead we are left banging our heads in frustration, wondering when the hell the action is going to start - after all, well-developed characters don't mean anything unless they are placed in perilous situations.

Once the 'action' does start, however, one is left not only frustrated but also utterly perplexed at what is happening on the screen. While a title like 'Island of the Dead' might lead you to believe the scourge of the film is a horde of zombies (or something similar), the actual threat is far less commonplace - and far, far less interesting: flies. Poison flies. As ludicrous as the idea sounds, the characters in Island of the Dead are attacked by a swarm of poison flies.

In a good 'bad' movie, a mass of attacking flies wouldn't be so unheard of. In fact, it could be a blessing, opening up any number of campy possibilities. But Island of the Dead is not at all campy. It plays the whole fly angle completely straight, which means the film doesn't even come across as so-bad-it's-good. It's just BAD.

Giving credit where credit is due, there is some nice cinematography in the film. Many of the shots are really overused, however, to the point where you find yourself getting very tired of what you are seeing, talent or no talent. It is a rare case of a film which has nothing to offer; whatever small nuances of entertainment that might be hidden within Island of the Dead are crushed by the overwhelming amount of truly awful stuff. The film lurches and drags throughout its whole duration, leaving the viewer with only two distinct options: continue to suffer through it and risk almost certain destructive tendencies, or shut the tape off and salvage what time you can.

#OVERALL SUMMARY
Island of the Dead is the worst of the worst, a bottom-of-the-barrel piece of garbage that is so painful to watch that it really could be detrimental to your mental stability. Stay away.




Blood and Guts: Comments

Username:
Password:

Not Registered?
Sign up for FREE >>




 
There are currently no comments.
Why not have your say!?



LATEST REVIEWS

Happy Death Day Movie Review

Happy Death Day

The Ritual Movie Review

The Ritual

Mercy Christmas Movie Review

Mercy Christmas

The Unraveling Movie Review

The Unraveling

The Witch Movie Review

The Witch

The Other Side of the Door Movie Review

The Other Side of the Door

The Conjuring 2 Movie Review

The Conjuring 2

The Bye Bye Man Movie Review

The Bye Bye Man

Rings Movie Review

Rings

The Boy Movie Review

The Boy

Red Christmas (Short) Movie Review

Red Christmas (Short)

Life Movie Review

Life

Whispers Movie Review

Whispers

Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, A Movie Review

Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, A

Suspiria Movie Review

Suspiria

LATEST GIVEAWAYS

WIN a HORROR PRIZE PACK from Level 33 Entertainment WIN William Friedkin's SORCERER on Blu-ray
WIN Dark Night on DVD Win NUMB on Digital Download
Win WILLARD and BEN on Blu-ray WIN The Canterville Ghost on Blu-ray
Win EAT LOCALS on Blu-ray & Novel
Now you can Watch your favorite Horror Movies using the Official ShowBox App

AN INTERVIEW WITH

An Interview with Doug Hawley
Doug Hawley







Vampires.com Werewolves.com