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Island of the Burning Damned (1967)

Night of the Big Heat (original title)
GP | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 1971 (USA)
While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the ... See full summary »


Terence Fisher


Ronald Liles (screen play by), John Lymington (based on a novel by) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Godfrey Hanson
Patrick Allen ... Jeff Callum
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Vernon Stone
Jane Merrow ... Angela Roberts
Sarah Lawson ... Frankie Callum
William Lucas ... Ken Stanley
Kenneth Cope ... Tinker Mason
Percy Herbert ... Gerald Foster (as Percy Hurbert)
Thomas Heathcote ... Bob Hayward (as Tom Heathcote)
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Stella Hayward
Jack Bligh Jack Bligh ... Ben Siddle
Sydney Bromley ... Old Tramp (as Sidney Bromley)
Barry Halliday Barry Halliday ... Radar Operator
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While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the Swan. Only a stand-offish visting scientist suspects aliens are to blame. Meanwhile the new secretary to the local best-selling author is raising the temperature in her own way. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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See: Mysterious Invaders From Outer Space Create Their Scorching Heat Rays That Consume the People and an Island! See more »


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Did You Know?


Peter Cushing received a "Guest Star" credit. See more »


Near the start when Angela first arrives at the pub the sky is black looking as if it would rain at any moment. In the next shot as she gets out of the car the sky is blue. See more »


Godfrey Hanson: I have been convinced that this island has become the center of an invasion, the central landing point for beings from another planet.
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Enough criticism already....OK, the film has a few little problems!
1 June 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

STILL you have the chance to see Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing together doing their respective things, and I for one value that above production quality, fx realism and other budgetry constraints. So what if the aliens ultimately look like fried eggs? and besides, they don't! Try mutated snails with an ammonite heritage? Its a Terence Fisher flick - perhaps not his best...its still way better than I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER...and PEARL HARBOR, come to that! I have a copy of this old faithful (known by the more widespread and infinitely better title of NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT)and every now and then out she comes for another beloved squiz!

Continuity not the best for your tastes? Tad low on the production budget you think? Chris Lee just too insular and condescending by your standards? Boring love triangle? Well guys, I got a suggestion. DON'T WATCH THE DAMN THING - go rent 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU! (actually, I quite LIKED that too!)

Yeah NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT isn't "Amicus" or "Hammer" at its peak, but it is STILL a worhwhile piece of british scifi from the 60's! Live with it!

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1971 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolour) (photographed in)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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