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Tower of Evil
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Director:
Writers:
George Baxt (original story)
Jim O'Connolly
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Release Date:
October 1972 (UK) See more »
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One way in, no way out See more »
Plot:
A group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Plot has potential, and opening sequence is very promising, but film fails to capitalise on it. See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Bryant Haliday ... Evan Brent

Jill Haworth ... Rose Mason
Anna Palk ... Nora Winthrop
William Lucas ... Superintendent Hawk

Anthony Valentine ... Dr. Simpson
Jack Watson ... Hamp Gurney
Mark Edwards ... Adam Masters
Derek Fowlds ... Dan Winthrop
John Hamill ... Gary
Gary Hamilton ... Brom
Candace Glendenning ... Penelope 'Penny' Read

Dennis Price ... Laurence Bakewell
George Coulouris ... John Gurney

Robin Askwith ... Des
Seretta Wilson ... Mae Harvey
Fredric Abbott ... Saul Gurney
Mark McBride ... Michael Gurney
Marianne Stone ... Nurse

Directed by
Jim O'Connolly 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Baxt  original story
Jim O'Connolly 

Produced by
Richard Gordon .... producer
John Pellatt .... associate producer
Joe Solomon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kenneth V. Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson 
 
Film Editing by
Henry Richardson 
 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Disley Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ted Lloyd .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Price .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Philip Bothamley .... sound editor
Ken Ritchie .... sound
Nolan Roberts .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Jones .... camera operator
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Kenneth V. Jones .... conductor
 
Other crew
Mai Harris .... script preparer
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Midge Warnes .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tower of Evil" - UK (original title)
"Beyond the Fog" - USA (reissue title)
"Horror of Snape Island" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1972) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video rating) (1982) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1993) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (BPjM restricted)

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Originally released in Britain on a double bill with Hammer's Demons of the Mind (1972).See more »
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Plot has potential, and opening sequence is very promising, but film fails to capitalise on it., 19 December 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

As early 70s horror flicks go, Tower of Evil (a.k.a Horror of Snape Island) has a greater-than-expected amount of sex and gore. Unfortunately, the script is pretty stupid and the performances are generally bad, ruining what might've been a decent little chiller. Some of the lines the actors have to work with are hopelessly silly, and the number of times characters go wandering off alone (even AFTER they've established there's a madman on the loose) beggars belief. What's particularly disappointing is that the plot is just outlandish enough to have made for an unusual and effective horror yarn.

The opening sequence is actually promising. Two sailors, John Gurney (George Coulouris) and his son Hamp (Jack Watson), search around a fog-shrouded island and stumble upon several dismembered naked bodies. Then, John happens across a living naked woman, but she is so startled by his arrival that she mistakenly stabs him. The story moves forward and we learn that the surviving woman from the opening scene has been charged with the murders of her friends, but a private detective named Brent (Bryant Halliday) has been hired by her parents to find out if someone else could've done it. Brent joins an archaeological party who are about to set off to the island in search of a Phoenecian treasure. Once there, the archaeologists soon learn that their lives are in grave danger, as they are picked off one by one by an unknown killer.

Tower of Evil has become a cult film, probably because it's so bad that in some ways it's perversely good. Ther are some attempts at atmosphere and suspense, though most opportunities for a jolt are clumsily edited, lessening the shock factor. In Halliwell's Film Guide, the film was dismissed as "an unoriginal little shocker", but unoriginal is probably the wrong word (how many times have you heard of archaeologists hunting for a Phoenecian hoarde off the English coast and and being victimised by a psycho? Absurd, yes. Unoriginal, no). I can't imagine this film being of particular interest to most viewers, but if you like 70s British horror, or are interested in how sex and gore have evolved over the years in horror cinema, then it may be worth catching.

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