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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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2 nominations See more »
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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)
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Sherry Hall ... Col. Kobestes (uncredited)
Erick Hanson ... Officer (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Andrew Robbins (uncredited)
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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
 
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C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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71 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Italy:16+ | UK:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #10319)

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A vorvolakas (also vrykolakas) occurs in Greek folklore as an undead creature capable of causing harm to the living. Its characteristics are similar to many other characters of legend, but it is most closely associated with vampires. In Hollywood movies such as Dracula (1931), the word vampire is often translated to Greek as vrykolakas. However, traditional vorvolakas are not noted for blood-drinking.See more »
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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 »
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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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Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) (TV)See more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Plague Island, 2 December 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

Plague victims are dropping like flies in this somewhat sluggish, Mark Robson-directed entry in the Val Lewton horror cycle. This one isn't as well-written as the earlier films in the series, and the isolation, while nicely suggested psychologically, fails to cast the spell of hopelessness and despair it ought to. The movie is too genteel to be frightening, and lacks the fine tuning of a director like Jacques Tourneur, who surely would have made more of it. Boris Karloff is quite good in the "lead", however, and the supporting cast is competent if unexciting. By today's standards, there's not much to be scared of here, and though it works up a nice head of steam near the end, it succeeds more as a mood piece than a horror tale.

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