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Old 05-03-2005, 05:01 AM   #16
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I just picked this up along with The Sentinal, will be watching it tomorrow morning. Looking forward to it.
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Old 05-06-2005, 01:19 PM   #17
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ill trade it to any one here who wants it
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Old 12-25-2007, 12:23 AM   #18
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It's sick and gross, but stangely I found it quite dull........
I have to agree. Finally today I got around to see it. I must say YUCK / SICK ass movie.
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:19 PM   #19
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It's sick and gross, but stangely I found it quite dull........
I found this movie in a video store a couple of years back. The cover was all hyped with giant text that said something like 'Banned Worldwide'...naturally I had to check it out. I found it fairly dull/slow as well, although it is pretty messed up and worth a watch.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:56 PM   #20
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I liked it - another flick that was definitely wrong, but made me laugh more than anything else. Like when the dood starts pissing on that old ho bag. She's like "wtf!" at first, but then gets into it which throws our main character off - haha.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:18 AM   #21
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The main reason I bought this DVD was because it was one of the "video nasties." There is a nice interview with the director and the print was in pretty good shape. Overall it was worth watching but I don't think I'll ever sit through it again.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:40 AM   #22
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The main reason I bought this DVD was because it was one of the "video nasties." There is a nice interview with the director and the print was in pretty good shape. Overall it was worth watching but I don't think I'll ever sit through it again.
Yes i've fallen into that trap. I own loads of films just because they were on the DPPs video nasties list. I actually went all out to try and find them all. There were some great movies on that list but also some alot of junk. That list was abit of a joke in the 80s though with movies like Tobe Hopers Funhouse and Shogun Assassin making the list. Video store owners actually got prosecuted for renting these things.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:26 PM   #23
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I'm morbidly curious about this one, especially now that Arrow is releasing it on Blu-ray. To those of you who like it, what do you think makes it worthwhile?

I most admit that movies with a reputation for being offensive have a certain pull on me. I appreciate the dark comedy and sleaze of Bloodsucking Freaks. I am fascinated by the relentlessness and powerful artistic statements of I Spit on Your Grave and Cannibal Holocaust (though I may not agree with ISoYG's message about revenge). I love how The New York Ripper digs into the seedy underbelly of New York - I almost imagine that it's like travelling back to 42nd Street in the early 80's. But what has Island of Death got going for it?

Hey, at least the new artwork is pretty good...

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:58 PM   #24
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I like that artwork also.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:20 PM   #25
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Thank you for sharing, russweiss! Those lobby cards are very nice. Are they in your private collection?

I imagine it's the kind of movie that can go either way for me. The allure of mean-spiritedness and depravity can easily crumble if the pace drags. Clearly, the movie was meant to shock. Of course, in our enlightened times, the shock value of a middle-aged dude in women's clothes, for instance, is non-existent, but I'm curious if the movie presents its stance through its protagonist. I.e. does the movie somehow enforce the view that the victims are deserving of their fate?

I must admit I am intrigued, and Robert Behling was not a bad-looking dude.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:57 PM   #26
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Kim, based on the films you mentioned, I think you will like it. It's much more entertaining than Bloodsucking Freaks, which I didn't like at all. As for deeper meaning, I guess I really didn't think too much about it. It does have dark little sense of humor though. I think the first post in this thread sums up the movie quite perfectly.

Although personally, I am a much bigger fan of Nico Mastorakis' tamer but wildly entertaining '80s efforts like The Zero Boys, Grandmother's House, The Wind, Blind Date, etc. I'm much more inclined to re-watch those than I am to re-visit Island Of Death. I'd love to see Arrow deliver stunning blu-rays of those.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:06 AM   #27
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Thanks, CPT HOOK. Yes, the initial post offers good insight and detail, but when treading unknown territory, I like to read both positive and negative reactions, and since this thread had more of the latter, I was interested in the perspective of fans.

I'll probably take the plunge. If I hate it, I'll come back here and bitch about it (not really .
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:28 AM   #28
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Kim those lobby cards are from my collection. One of only two things I have on this particular title. I used to own the DVD but sold it after watching it one time. My viewing of this "notorious" film came when I was over 40 so the shocks really weren't there. I've just seen so many horror/exploitation films. For someone much younger or for those that haven't seen a lot of schlock horror films it might be more shocking and or entertaining.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:29 AM   #29
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I'm really curious too. It is actually on Youtube, but not in the best of quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVwN...has_verified=1
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:06 AM   #30
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I have Arrow's PAL Region 2 DVD, and while yes it could be considered shocking I don't think it was quite as such now as when it was first released. It was anything special but I still enjoyed it.
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