September 26, 2021

Island of Death: WTF Did I Just Watch?

: Island of Death (aka Devils in Mykonos, Island of Perversion, A Craving for Lust, Killing Daylight)
Director: Nico Mastorakis
Writer: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Bob Behling, Jane Lyle
Year: 1976
Length: 106 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Format Viewed: Arrow Video Blu-ray

Seriously, what in the world did I just watch? I have to believe that this is one of the most messed up and depraved films I have seen. I loved every second of it. This is clearly not a film for everybody. I think that most rational people would be best served to avoid this title. With that said, I am surprised that this title is not spoken of more often in the circles I find myself traveling. Maybe it is and I somehow just missed it. 

Island of Death follows a couple on holiday on a small and sparsely populated Greek island. It does not take long after they arrive for their behavior to tip off the viewer that this is not your typical vacationing duo. They start to target, and murder in increasingly bizarre ways, anyone they deem to be amoral and perverted. I guess you could say they are cleaning the streets of perversion to protect the good and upright from being subjected to their seedy proclivities. 

Supposedly made as a reaction to seeing The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Island of Death does not so much as borrow story elements, so much as a gritty, nightmarish atmosphere. It then goes and turns the nobs all to 11. Now, don't get it twisted, TCM still holds a great, realistic impact having gut punch, ans is clearly the better film; however, for sheer disturbing activities, Island of Death holds its own.

This movie has a wonderfully crafted flow as it gets progressively more and more bonkers the deeper into the movie you get. Just when you think it reached its pinnacle of perversion, it pulls something else out of its bag of tricks. I really do not want to provide much in the way of specifics, this is really a better movie, if this sounds at all intriguing, experienced with little foreknowledge. 

Rating: 4/5


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