In a village of Huguenot refugees, Jonathon Standing is exiled by his father to a nearby penal colony for his improper relationship with a married woman. This penal colony is then invaded by pirates who force Jonathan to lead them back to his village, convinced that it contains a great treasure. Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
Ransacking a lost tropic island... for a fabulous idol of gold!
Did You Know?
The film was originally given an 'X' certificate for its cinema release by UK censor John Trevelyan
. Hammer then decided they wanted an 'A' certificate so the film was trimmed of violence with heavy cuts to the killing of Maggie by piranhas. After reconsidering again Hammer decided to settle for a 'U' certificate so further cuts were made which edited all the piranha scenes, the blindfolded sword-fight, the attack on the farm, a shot of a hanged man's legs, and the overdubbing of words such as 'harlot' and 'adulterer'. See more
During the blindfold fight, the blindfolds appear to be thin gauze that the pirates can see through. At one point, when the pirate hides inside the wooden frame, he glances down at a railing before he places his hand on it. See more
If I kill, it is to achieve a purpose, not for the sake of killing.
[prologue] At the end of the seventeenth century, men, women and children voyaged far from their mother country, seeking some haven from persecution. They were known as the Huguenots. They found their haven and called it the Isle of Devon, and gave thanks to God for their deliverance.
But in the years to come, the just laws of the colony began to yield to greed and tyranny. Happiness became an echo of the past. Freedom - just a memory. See more
Referenced in Matinee