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"Tourists take a boat to a remote island, where they find that most of the people have disappeared, and something is stalking them. They find a hidden room in the big mansion on a hill, and an ancient diary, which gives them clues to the source of the terror."

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Phil Davies Brown
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Review Date: 21 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This retitled Italian slasher film looked so cheap that I had avoided it for ages and had forgotten it existed. However, out of boredom late one night I decided to check it out and what a surprise!! Who would've thought that a lame Italian B-movie would provide some of the best frights I've had in a while.

When friends take a boat trip to a remote island to visit a friend's family, they are shocked to discover upon arrival that the island is deserted. Where are all of the boats? And more importantly where have all of the islanders gone?

Once again this film has been dubbed badly (although I doubt anything will ever top the bad dubbing of 'Flashback') and suffers from piss poor picture quality but nonetheless manages to conjour up an atmosphere of dread and real jolting moments of terror.

The cast including Tisa (sister of Mia) Farrow are all up to the job though appear to be slightly older than the usual group of characters in horror films.

The film is disgustingly gory despite the fact that it is heavily edited (it origionally featured the killer eating an unborn foetus and his own guts!!!) but nevertheless, Director Joe D'Amato uses enough nice scenic shots and different angles to give the viewer some pleasurable aesthetics in contrast.

Whilst the revelation of the killer is dealt with in an unconventional way, it does work in it's own B-movie way.

An okay way to spend minutes if you can overlook the bad dubbing and picture quality, this for the second time lately (see 'Gacy' review) made me jump a few times.

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