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Island of the Burning Damned (1967)
"Night of the Big Heat" (original title)

GP  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  1971 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Godfrey Hanson
Patrick Allen ...
Jeff Callum
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Dr. Vernon Stone
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Angela Roberts
Sarah Lawson ...
Frankie Callum
William Lucas ...
Ken Stanley
Kenneth Cope ...
Tinker Mason
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Gerald Foster
Thomas Heathcote ...
Bob Hayward (as Tom Heathcote)
Anna Turner ...
Stella Hayward
Jack Bligh ...
Ben Siddle
Sydney Bromley ...
Old Tramp (as Sidney Bromley)
Barry Halliday ...
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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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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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One of the last good British Sci-Fi Flicks
10 March 1999 | by (St. Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Island of the Burning Doomed (as the version I have is titled) is a good example of late sixties science fiction, and one of the last good ones to come out of Britain.

The movie is formulaic for those familiar with the genre: Deaths of unknown origin occurring all over a remote island...You'll find the same thing happening in Island of Terror, and a number of other films from the same era.

The story is fairly fast-paced and most of the characters actually have personalities and interact with little of the stoicism and blandness that is often found in science fiction movies. The stars, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, partners in so many Hammer films, are somewhat relegated to secondary, but nonetheless enjoyable roles (especially Cushing).

I really enjoyed the movie...the menace is novel enough and kept mysterious enough throughout the majority of the film to keep you guessing, and the performances by the headlining cast are excellent.


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