Dec 3, 2007

Island Of Death

A perverse exploitation masterpiece loaded with so much violence and sex it seems unreal. This film is directed by Nico Mastorakis and shatters just about every taboo. We have incest, bestiality, rape, and of course murder. This film was recently released with cover art that grabs just about any gorehounds eyes. Words like BANNED or UNCENSORED are plastered all over the blood red front.

The synoposis is about two lovers that escaped to a small island in Greece. They were being chased by a negro detective named Foster. Of course, he sports a 70's afro. They seem like a normal couple at first but you soon realize they are actually brother and sister. While first arriving, they seem to be a normal couple. The next morning, he wakes up and wants sex. She says no so what does any normal man do? Certainly not go outside and rape a goat and kill it no less.

What starts of as a trip into a macabre vacation soon turns much worse. The brother seems to be out of control. Spiting perversion and delving into an unknown layer of hypocrisy. Once killing a few of the sinful residents, the heat begins to build up. This film in few ways reminds me of Frailty. Christopher sees himself as the carrier of gods swift justice. The angel of death in some ways.

The key point of this film is to address violence as crude as possible. One of the best scenes in this film is the bulldozer decapitation. This film depicts sex in such a calm manner but with such perverse angles. This film wouldn't have been so great if it wasn't lead by such great acting performances. My favorite character was the painter. He really brought character to his role.

This film has more artistic merit than most movies portraying a similar subject matter. Rape is seen as a civil instinct and a primal action, leaving the viewer questioning ethics. This film, while not being made for anyone, is a film for everyone. It is a mix of every major genre.
This film is not as disturbing as it is advertised but it is definitely unsettling.

Sporting an amazing soundtrack that roots back to the era when exploitation was great, it uses weird reverberations and key sound effects through out the film. With an ending that is as original as they come, Island of Death should not be missed.



Izak said...

Yeah, this is one of my favorite exploitation films of all time! One thing is that unlike most exploitation flicks, it's actually really well-directed I think. And it had some sort of moral message attached to it. And that's good.

But you don't realize they're brother and sister 'till the end. It's supposed to the cherry on top of the gigantic cake or something. I don't know.

Soiled Sinema said...

Yeah, it is presented in an absurd way though.
I dont even remember how they did it. >_>