Review Date: November 10, 1999
Released by: Elite Entertainment
Release date: 11/9/1999
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: no
Two sailors visit the island known as "Snape Island". They go about searching the island where they run into a naked, hysterical women who stabs and kills one of the sailors. The other sailor manages to knock the woman unconscious and brings her back to the mainland. She is taken to a doctor where some of her story is uncovered through the use of hypnosis. Her name is Penny and that were three other people who went to the island with her - May, Dez and Gary who were each found dead no the island. The police suspect that Penny is the murderer and consider the case closed. Penny's parents disagree, however, and hire a detective to go to the island and further investigate what happened there. The detective travels to the island with a group of museum people who hope to find ancient artifacts on the island.
Upon arriving to the Island the museum people immediately start searching for the underground caverns which they suspect hold the ancient artifacts they're searching for. Soon they begin to hear strange noises and find out that there may be someone else on the island. The boat owner, Hap, that brought them out to the island had a brother who had lived on the island with his wife and son. According to Hap the wife and son are both dead but his brother has never been found. Now the investigator immediately suspects Hap's brother has the cause of the earlier murders which are being blame on Penny.
Thing takes a turn for the worse when there is an explosion on the docked boat, there only means of leaving the island. Soon one of the museum members is found dead on some rocks nearby the tower. They now know someone else is on the island. They know that someone is not on the above ground portion of the island because they have searched it all. They must now find the underground cavern to find the artifacts and confront the killer so they can survive long enough to get off the island.
Not a very good movie in my opinion. The acting was acceptable but there just wasn't much to this movie. There was no suspense, little gore, the monster/killer had been made up to appear scary/delusional and I just don't think it was very effective. Certainly everyone should judge this film for themselves, these are just my options. People should rent it first, however, as I suspect most may be bored or non-satisfied by this movie in terms of plot.
I expect nothing but a superb transfer from Elite Entertainment and that is, of course, exactly what I got here. Colors were rich throughout the film. Blacks were solid. Very little speckling and grain appeared. Tower of Evil was presented in its original theatrical ratio of 1.85:1. Unfortunately, Elite has yet to do any anamorphic transfers which is probably the only complaint I have with most Elite releases.
Tower of Evil contains a mono soundtrack. Dialogue and musical score sounded terrific. No hisses or pops heard.
Only a theatrical trailer. No surprise given this isn't exactly a popular cult film.
Going to be real tough to justify the $29.95 price tag on this one. Elite should really have a price structure setup for special editions versus non-special editions. If the average Joe Schmoe is going to decide between $29.95 on Tower of Evil or $29.95 of The Evil Dead: Special Edition it's a no contest - Evil Dead all the way. Image quality, while terrific, doesn't change the fact that it's just not a very entertaining film.
Movie - C-
Image Quality - B+
Sound - B+
Supplements - C
- Running time - 1 hour 29 minutes
- Rated R
- 1 Disc
- Chapter stops
- Mono sound