The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Del Shaw
Victoria Brown
Simon Oates ...
Jean Trend ...
Joby Blanshard ...
The Admiral - Sir Geoffrey
Constable Hartwell
Shelagh Fraser ...
Mrs. Betty Straker
Geoffrey Keen ...
Sir Henry Leyton
Joseph O'Conor ...
Constance Chapman ...
Miss Johnson
Michael Brennan ...
Tom Straker
Bob Gillette


The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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January 1976 (USA)  »

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Island of the Ghouls  »

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Slightly disappointing
19 January 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Scientist, Dr. Del Shaw is sent to a remote Cornish island to investigate the effects of a tanker spill on the local wildlife. On arrival on the island, he is immediately struck by the strangeness of its inhabitants, they are dismissive and suspicious of him, they seem wary of outsiders and he struggles to find a room for the one night of his stay. As he goes about his business collecting marine samples, he is aware that he is being followed, he begins to feel he may be in danger, some odd nocturnal goings on make him even ,ore suspicious that there is something amiss on the island and when he finds the shallow grave of a child he knows for sure there is. The set up is excellent, both in mood and atmosphere, one is left with the distinct impression that a Wicker Man type plot is imminent, but sadly the film never lives up to those lofty heights and instead turns out to be more of an ecological drama, interesting but never as compelling as it could have been.

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