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George Baxt (original story)
Jim O'Connolly
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October 1972 (UK) See more »
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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
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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
 
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Norman Jones .... camera operator
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Kenneth V. Jones .... conductor
 
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Mai Harris .... script preparer
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Midge Warnes .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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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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89 min
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Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | 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

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Originally the character of Brent wasn't included in the script. He was wrote in just before shooting when the studio brought in Bryant Haliday to star.See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Trash classic from exploitation's heyday, 1 February 2005
Author: Libretio

TOWER OF EVIL

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

Whilst searching for ancient treasure on a lighthouse-island off the British coastline, an archaeological expedition becomes isolated from the mainland and is stalked by a monstrous assassin.

A trash classic from the heyday of British exploitation, TOWER OF EVIL was helmed and written by Jim O'Connolly, a journeyman director whose career peaked several years earlier with THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1968), one of Ray Harryhausen's best films. Thrown together on a microscopic budget, and based on a script by novelist George Baxt (responsible for such memorable British thrillers as CIRCUS OF HORRORS, THE CITY OF THE DEAD and NIGHT OF THE EAGLE), "Tower..." hedges its commercial bets by emphasizing a couple of high profile cameos (Dennis Price and Anthony Valentine) and foregrounding liberal doses of self-conscious nudity and gore. The opening scenes - in which crusty sea dogs Jack Watson and George Coulouris visit the eponymous lighthouse and stumble on a series of mutilated corpses - sets the tone for much of what follows, and while the main cast are pretty colorless, their mutual antagonism (borne from a convoluted history of infidelity) adds much-needed shading to the basic narrative outline.

Mounted on sparse but effective studio sets (designed by THE Italian JOB's Disley Jones), and photographed by veteran cinematographer Desmond Dickinson - a major player in the glory days of British cinema, whose resumé includes everything from Olivier's HAMLET (1948) to THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (1952), HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959) and A STUDY IN TERROR (1965) - the film is cheapened at every turn by amateurish dialogue and threadbare visual effects (no attempt is made to disguise back-projected elements during scenes on the 'open sea', for instance), but these cut-price elements have simply contributed to the film's enduring appeal. Besides, the movie makes few pretensions to 'Art', and O'Connolly stages the major set-pieces with real technical savvy, culminating in a 'twist' ending which seems to have inspired a similar plot development in Tom De Simone's superior HELL NIGHT (1981).

The cast is toplined by Bryant Haliday (a favorite of producer Richard Gordon), former Broadway actress Jill Haworth (THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR), Mark Edwards (BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB) and Derek Fowlds (TV's "Yes, Minister"), while the younger players include Robin Askwith (already a movie veteran, long before his appearance in the "Confessions..." films), physique model John Hamill (a familiar face in UK exploitation movies of the 1970's, and later the co-writer of Bob Clark's TURK 182!), Candace Glendenning (SATAN'S SLAVE) and the late Anna Palk (in her last screen appearance), all of whom are featured in various states of undress. The film was originally screened in the US as HORROR ON SNAPE ISLAND, and later reissued as BEYOND THE FOG.

NB. Interested viewers should check out Simon Hunter's LIGHTHOUSE (1999) - originally released in the US as DEAD OF NIGHT - an outstanding British shocker which covers the same territory, but to much greater effect.

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