is an Italian slasher film from the early 80s. The movie
is about a group of friends on vacation in the Mediterranean.
They meet up with a woman who missed her boat to a small exotic
island where she was going to spend some time at. The group of
friends decide to take the woman to her island and get some sightseeing
done in the process. When they arrive at the island, they find
out that it has been almost entirely deserted. What they discover
is that something has been killing off the islands inhabitants,
and that whatever killed all the villagers may still be on the
island. This, my friends is
wait for it
by Joe DAmato and being on the Video Nasties
list, I was cringing with delight at the thought of watching this
movie. I was unpleasantly surprised to find that it was rather
tame. The gore and violence was good, but not extreme. In addition,
nudity was scarce (what the hell Joe?).
was probably on the Nasties list due to one scene
involving a pregnant woman, which you knew this scene was eventually
going to happen as soon as you noticed that this early 80s
Italian horror film actually had a pregnant woman in it. Anyway,
the scene is fairly lame by todays standards (or at least
Miikes Imprint standards).
did enjoy this movie, though the motive behind the murders is
kinda cheesy. The scenery was beautiful and authentic, and the
droning weird music made you nervous no matter what was actually
happening on screen. I couldve done without the lame pointless
jump scares. I thought gratuitous jump scares was a 90s
American horror movie contrivance. Apparently it is as global
and timeless as shooting zombies in the shoulders. The dubbing
was adequate and the acting was good. The story flowed well, save
for a couple killer teleports and unrealistic demises. Some of
the kills were pretty tame also, as in off-screen or implied.
summarize, I liked this movie, but it is not what I expected.
It had potential to be a great movie, but fell short. In my opinion,
whats supposed to make slashers so scary is their realism.
There could actually be a guy murdering campers, for example.
However, when the killer can teleport, knows where all people
are at, at all times, and can murder at will with seemingly no
window to do so (hiding under water deep enough to not be seen,
but shallow enough to pull you and your water bucket down, cut
off your head and put it in the water bucket, all without being
detected by a nearby individual), it starts to lose its realism.
Throw in the obligatory jump scares, and you have why I dislike
the genre in general. This movie had all of those trappings, though
it made up for it in other ways. It ended up being pretty good.
I give it 6.5 out of 10 more reasons not to listen to terrible
early 80s Euro-electronica on the beach with your headphones
review was fueled by Sam Adams and Dragonforce.