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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)



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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 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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Release Date:

14 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halottak szigete See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Dead in the water
28 April 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Sargeant Melissa O'Keefe,Talisa Soto,of the NYPD Missing Person Bureau sets out for Hart Island with a burial unit of convicts to find and identify a young girl. The girl is believed to have be buried on the island's Potters Field and Melissa, who was abundant as an infant herself, has this strong identification with missing persons. Melissa wants at least to have them identified, when found, so that she can put their friends and relatives to rest by not wondering if their alive or dead.

At the island there's a ground-breaking ceremony for a low-rent housing project, Hope City, with the city's mayor and multi-billionaire real estate tycoon Rupert King, Malclom McDowell. The hosing development is being built to keep the riff-raft off the city streets and hide them away there from the public for strictly "humanitariam" purposes. The fact is that King has other purposes for bringing the city's unwanted there and it's for him getting rich by using them as experiments for the pharmaceutical companies that he owns.

You have to have a real strong stomach to sit through this film with people getting attacked by these super flies who not only infect them with their eggs but who cause their victims to burst open and decompose within minutes. The grossed out scenes in the film have countless maggots crawling out of the infected peoples corpses. The mad and arrogant King had been planing to do this for years by using Hart Island as a laboratory and the use poor and unwanted as guinea pigs. Now with him in trouble financially, he had six major failures in a row, this project The Hope City Devlopment will put him back on top but the over one million bodies buried in Potters Field have other ideas for King and their not very pleasant. It's too bad that almost everyone on Hart Island gets eaten from the inside out by the fly hatching maggots with the person that they were really after Rupert King getting his at the very end.

Even though the movie was anything but rational and coherent,especially after some thirty minutes into it, it did for a time hold your interests. The cast also did a much better job then the flimsy material that they were saddled with. There was also the very effective and eerie atmospherics of the spooky Hart Island and Potters field that at times made your flesh crawl. But the plot fell apart with the flies becoming more and more unbelievable as they just seemed to come and go, as if they were out to lunch. Making it possible for those on the island to predict just when it was safe to go outside and eventually escape by boat.One of the most ridicules scenes I've ever seen in a movie is when King is attacked by millions of killer flies and to keep them away from him he blasts away at them with his handgun.

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