Director – Joe D’Amato
Cast – Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini, Mark Bodin, Bob Larsen, Rubina Rey
Release Year – 1980
Reviewed by John of the Dead
I heard of this film through a very good buddy of mine, Trae of the Dead, one guy I look towards for rare and gory horror films. After much time I finally got my hands on this film and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. This has to be one of the coolest slasher(although not an outright slasher) films I have ever seen, and includes quite possibly the most grotesque horror scene of all time. Do I have your attention now?
A group of tourists take a boat to a remote island for some isolated fun an enjoyment. Upon arrival they notice the town is virtually uninhabited, yet strange occurrences begin to happen around them. Soon after their arrival the tourists are killed one by one in gruesome fashion by a grotesque and unrelenting killer. As the remaining survivors look for clues into the killings, they realize this is not a killer to take likely, as he has slaughtered all of the town’s previous residents, and they are next on his list.
For such a low-budget and trashy film, should I be surprised I enjoyed this one so much? Hehe. Right from the get-go we are thrown into the killer’s bloody antics and fortunately we get enough kills spaced through the film to keep the viewer’s interest. Director Joe D’Amato is no stranger to these types of flicks, and thankfully it seems he perfected his vision and gave us a very positive watch. We get some of the most gruesome kills imaginable, and with such awesome presentation. There is one kill towards the end of the film that I will refuse to discuss, only because you must see it for yourself and suffer the same shock that I did(although Trae gave me the lowdown first, yet I was still shocked!). I’ll put it this way, “Inside” wasn’t the first to do this…
The writing is not as cheezy as you would expect it to be for this type of film, and I absolutely loved how the storyline progressed. The more information we got about this awesome killer, the creepier the film became. I absolutely loved the killer’s lair as well, it was definitely my favorite overall sequence of the film. There is not too much to this film, it is simple, but with some interesting elements thrown in to keep this from being a bland and merely bloody film.
Overall, this is an awesome and very grotesque rare horror film that I recommend to all who have the chance to view this one. Make it happen, you will not be disappointed, nor will you ever forget this flick.