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Island of the Dead (2000)

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Stranded on a deserted island, a group of people struggle to survive against a swarm of supernatural flies.


Tim Southam


Peter Koper (story and screenplay), Tim Southam (screenplay)





Cast overview:
Malcolm McDowell ... Rupert King
Talisa Soto ... Melissa O'Keefe
Bruce Ramsay ... Tony Matos
Kent McQuaid ... James Neely
Yasiin Bey ... Robbie J (as Mos Def)
Paul Hopkins ... Rodger Mackloe
Tyrone Benskin ... Dwight Truman
Michel Perron ... Captain Chanon
Daniel Pilon ... Mayor
Steffen Wink ... Reporter
Mike Tsar ... Guard
Richard Jutras ... City Mortician
Philip Le Maistre Philip Le Maistre ... Squeegee Man
Andy Bradshaw Andy Bradshaw ... Inmate #1 (as Andrew Bradshaw)
Robert Daviau Robert Daviau ... Crewman #1


The people of New York have been burying their unknown dead on Hart Island since 1869. Now real estate tycoon Rupert King wants to build what he calls "Hope City", supposedly to help the poor and homeless of the city "get a leg up", on this same island, with no thought of the current million or so "residents". Accompanied by a New York cop looking for a missing girl's body and some reluctant employees of the Department of Corrections, King makes his way to the island for the ground-breaking ceremony. But when his personal assistant goes missing, and night falls on the island, dark secrets are revealed, not only about the island itself, but King's "noble" plans for it as well. And the island's residents, with their souls in the form of countless and lethal flies, have no intention of being ignored. Written by EllenRipley112

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Never disturb the dead.


Horror | Thriller


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Buzzing in the Breeze
4 March 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

An interesting film directed by Tim Southam in which a small island known to be the burying place for indigents from New York City becomes the setting of some bizarre deaths as well as some political machinations of a Donald Trump-like billionaire who has bought the island and plans on creating housing for the homeless. The characters involved with first landing on the island and then discovering this weird killing force are a female policewoman who is looking for a nameless dead child, forgotten to everyone except her, a prisoner who is innocent of a crime but is doing his time by burying people on the island in mass graves, and a man with gobs of money who has bought the island for seemingly altruistic reasons but in reality has purely selfish goals. The other people on the island die mysteriously with what turns out to be a thinking mass of flies that kills quickly and strips bodies of their flesh and speeds up the decay process twenty-fold. The film suffers from some budgetary concerns as the flies are hardly impressive to see or view. The script also get somewhat trite near the end with little creative tinkering with a situation seen before in other films.That all withstanding, this was quite an unexpected treasure to see. I sat down thinking I was about to watch some special effect laden film about the rotting dead prancing about, but instead I found the film to be very interesting, claustrophobic, decently acted, and even philosophical. Sure there are some things over-done like the girls playing in the streets and the oddly misplaced rap music, but those are small complaints. I am not saying the film is great in any way, but it is a thinking horror film that depends on mood and setting and suggestion rather than what can easily be viewed. Malcom McDowell does an outstanding job in his businessman role. He just oozes with nastiness when he wants to. Talisa Soto also does a rather good job as a cop. Don't brush the film off too quickly nor pay to much mind to the negative reviews. Certainly if you were expecting a film with mindless rotting corpses coming after you with the promise of lots of blood and guts and got a movie with some thought-provoking material you would be disappointed too?

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14 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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