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Island of the Burning Damned (1967)

Night of the Big Heat (original title)
GP | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 1971 (USA)
While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the ... See full summary »

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Dr. Vernon Stone
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Angela Roberts
Sarah Lawson ...
Frankie Callum
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Ken Stanley
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Tinker Mason
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Ben Siddle
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While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the Swan. Only a stand-offish visting scientist suspects aliens are to blame. Meanwhile the new secretary to the local best-selling author is raising the temperature in her own way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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See: Mysterious Invaders From Outer Space Create Their Scorching Heat Rays That Consume the People and an Island!


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The original script was ditched at the 11th hour as being unworkable. See more »

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The islanders in the pub turn off all the lights so as not to attract the aliens. In the next scene the lights are on. See more »

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Night of the Big Heat....No Need For the Cold Shoulder!
4 April 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Night of the Big Heat may not rank among the best sci-fi efforts by critics, but for this fan, it really does deliver the goods. Locals on the Island of Fera find themselves in the midst of a searing heat wave while the rest of the mainland of the UK is in the middle of a normal cold snap in November. As bodies begin to pile up, found burnt to a crisp, a scientist struggles to convince the locals that they may be the victims of an invasion from space.

A great cast that includes, Patrick Allen, Jane Merrow, Sarah Lawson and in guest roles, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Directed by the great, Terence Fisher, this is another triumph in Fisher's library of films and to this viewer, ranks right up there with his Hammer horror films as well as the underrated, Island of Terror.

Certainly not as bad as some would have you believe and probably not as good as I think it is, it is definitely worth a look for fans of 60s British sci-fi films.


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