I’ve said it on my other blog and that is I am always trying to find new and different ways to watch films. I am a huge fan of classic horror and that is where the Turner Classic Movies APP Watch TCM comes into play. So for today’s film, I chose to use the app and watch the film Isle Of The Dead which was released in 1945. It’s 1912 and Greece has been in a very long war that has worn out a lot of men. Gen. Nikolas Pherides (Boris Karloff) a.k.a. The Watchdog, is definitely one of those men especially known for his stuff and unrelenting tactics. One day after visiting an island in the Balkans, the general is afraid that a plague is spreading among the residents so he forces a quarantine lock down. During the lock down however, fear that one of the people in the house is a vampire begins to spread and chaos ensues. The film also stars Ellen Drew (The Man From Colorado) as Thea, Marc Cramer (The Bachelor and the Ballot) as Oliver Davis, Alan Napier (Marnie) as St. Aubyn, Ernst Deutsch (The Golem) as Dr. Drossos, Helene Thimig (Cloak And Dagger) as Madame Kyra, and the film was directed by Mark Robson (Valley Of The Dolls).
There was a general belief back in those days that the plague was caused by Vampires so I am not surprised that it was mentioned during the film. This wasn’t my favorite horror film that I have watched so far during this month, but it’s a very good one that features some great acting especially from Karloff and Marc Cramer. The plays on the idea of fear and paranoia especially that of certain characters. The film even touches on the subject of God vs Science as a bet is wagered during the quarantine lock down. The killer in this film is not a monster or a masked man, but a invisible killer or at least that is impossible to see with the naked eye. If you’re looking for action then the last five minutes of the film is probably what you’ll enjoy the most. The actual story itself is the other attractive selling point to the film because you see this man who has this reputation for being ruthless fall victim towards the end to hysteria when facing death. That is definitely what I also loved about the film besides everything else I already mentioned. If you have the Watch TCM App on your mobile device or tablet, then give this one a watch. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade only because there is more drama and mystery than Horror in the film.