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Director:
Writer:
Ardel Wray (written by)
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Release Date:
1 September 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SHE ISN'T DEAD yet she's BURIED ALIVE! (original half-sheet poster) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of Val Lewton's best horror movie See more (61 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
The 19th century artist, Bocklin, painted "The Isle of the Dead." It appears in the credits of this film and is recreated in the sets.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: General Pherides has two stars on his collar to denote his rank, whereas Doctor Drossos has epaulettes of knotted embroidery. The Hellenic Army of the Balkans War did not use insignia on collars to denote rank. Rank was indicated on epaulettes. A Lieutenant General's epaulette had two large silver stars on gold embroidery with red edging. A Captain's epaulette has three smaller silver stars on a striped epaulette (red-gold-red).See more »
Quotes:
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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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
One of Val Lewton's best horror movie, 12 November 2002
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Scary, fascinating tale set in 1912 Greece. A bunch of people are quarantined on an island (which contains a graveyard) by the plague. A general (Boris Karloff) is in charge, but people dying from the plague, the isolation and close quarters begin to eat away at him. He starts to believe a young, healthy woman among them is a vorvolaka (a vampire). And there's the woman who has an extreme fear of being buried alive...

Quick paced and very literate horror film. There's lots of dialogue about faith, wars, superstition--all of it interesting. The settings are very dark, eerie with a spooky wind always blowing. There are scary moments throughout but they really shift into high gear during the final 15 minutes.

This movie gave me nightmares when I was little! The cast is adequate (except for Jason Robards Sr.--boy, was he annoying!) but Karloff and Katherine Emery were excellent.

Truly frightening old horror film. A definite must-see.

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