Doomwatch (1972)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  January 1976 (USA)
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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. Shaw
Victoria Brown
Dr. Quist
Simon Oates ...
Dr. Ridge
Jean Trend ...
Joby Blanshard ...
The Admiral
Shelagh Fraser ...
Mrs. Straker
Geoffrey Keen ...
Sir Henry Leyton
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Norman Bird ...
Constance Chapman ...
Miss Johnson
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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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Island of the Ghouls  »

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Simon Oates was working elsewhere when the film was mooted, and originally turned it down. Tigon came back to him with a larger pay offer, and he agreed to feature. He was later dismissive of the film, feeling he had accepted more out of financial consideration than artistic merit. See more »


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Better stick to 50' episodes…
17 August 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Doomwatch – the movie – comes forth as a spin-off from a TV-series with the same name. I only saw 3 episodes of that series and then they took it off the cable here in my country. Too few viewers, apparently… That always happens to decent series. So I was pretty enthusiast about catching the long feature film when the BBC programmed it recently. Yet, after two viewings, I must say I liked the 3 episodes a lot better. The plot offers too few aspects to fill a complete film with and tends to get boring quite easily. In fact, it would have been perfectly accurate if this were a 50 minutes episode as well. No offense to the people on this site here but the plot synopsis, as described on the film's main page, is rather misleading. It says: `The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become cannibalistic mutants'. Judging by this two-line summary, horror fans might prepare themselves to see a good old-fashioned 70's shlock-and-sleaze film, with adorably cheap make-up effects and awful production values. Fans of this type of cinema will feel cheated because `Doomwatch' is more of a theoretical intelligent film, loaded with environmental messages and criticism towards society. This isn't necessarily a negative aspect, but it could have used a bit more action and entertainment value, if you ask me. I like story-driven horror, but there should have been at least a bit of excitement.

The film has more than enough horror potential, though. The substance is perfect for it, while cast and crew are experienced in the field as well. Directed by Peter Sasdy, who previously made some of Hammer's best vampire films like `Countess Dracula' and `Taste the Blood of Dracula', and starring George Sanders, who's one of my personal favorite actors since `Village of the Damned' and `Psychomania'. Altogether, Doomwatch is worth a look if you're in a semi-clever mood…but don't think about seeing it when you're having a few friends over with beer and pizza.

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