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Isle of the Dead -- Boris Karloff stars in this classic horror film about a group of people who seek refuge from the plague on a Baltic Island only to fear that one of their number is a vampire.


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Release Date:
1 September 1945 (USA) See more »
SHE ISN'T DEAD yet she's BURIED ALIVE! (original half-sheet poster) See more »
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Eerie drama of quarantined souls on a Greek island in 1912... See more (63 total) »


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Boris Karloff ... Gen. Nikolas Pherides

Ellen Drew ... Thea

Marc Cramer ... Oliver Davis
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn
Helene Thimig ... Madame Kyra

Alan Napier ... St. Aubyn
Jason Robards Sr. ... Albrecht (as Jason Robards)
Ernst Deutsch ... Dr. Drossos (as Ernst Dorian)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherry Hall ... Col. Kobestes (uncredited)
Erick Hanson ... Officer (uncredited)

Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn (in long shot) (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Andrew Robbins (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Writing credits
Ardel Wray (written by)

Val Lewton  uncredited
Josef Mischel  uncredited

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer
Val Lewton .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Jack MacKenzie (director of photography) (as Jack Mackenzie)
Film Editing by
Lyle Boyer 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
Set Decoration by
Albert Greenwood  (as Al Greenwood)
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Scott .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound recordist
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recordist
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Italy:16+ | UK:15 | UK:X (1955) | USA:Approved (PCA #10319)

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The statue of the three-headed dog is of Cerberus who guards the gates of Hades to prevent anybody escaping back across the River Styx.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Albrecht refers to Hermes as the god of medicine. In Greek mythology, Asclepius was the god of medicine. In terms of medical support, Hermes' assistance was sought by runners or any athletes with injuries.See more »
Thea:Laws can be wrong, and laws can be cruel, and the people who live only by the law are both wrong and cruel.See more »
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What is 'Isle of the Dead' about?
What is a sirocco and what does it have to do with the plague?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Eerie drama of quarantined souls on a Greek island in 1912..., 31 October 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

BORIS KARLOFF is a Greek general whose wife's body has mysteriously vanished from its tomb at the start of ISLE OF THE DEAD. He's naturally suspicious that something more evil than the plague has crept over the island he decides must be quarantined--forbidding anyone from leaving it. ELLEN DREW is a young woman he suspects may have something to do with evil spirits--or even vampirism--and MARC CRAMER is a young soldier who wants to protect her.

All the ingredients for a good chiller are here, but it's a story that gets its main strength, not from the plot, but from the sinister, shadowy B&W photography that sets up the moody atmosphere from the start, with an air of dread lingering over every scene.

Aiding considerably are strong performances from KATHERINE EMERY as a sick woman who fears being buried alive, and HELEN THIMIG as a superstitious old woman. In fact, all of the supporting players do well under Mark Robson's taut direction.

The tale itself is not one of my favorites but it's a credit to all concerned that they do a job of giving it a creepiness that should satisfy even the most jaded of Gothic horror fans.

And yet, ultimately, there's a bit of a letdown as far as the story itself is concerned. The ingredients are all there, but something vital is missing and I'm sorry to say I don't know exactly what it is.

Nevertheless, holds the interest throughout.

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