You can watch Nico's confessions for the making of his cult horror classic at YouTube
THE AMAZING U.K. 2011 FIRST UNCUT RELEASE
The U.K. is buzzing with Arrow Films’ release of “Island of Death” in a very impressive package which includes the original theatrical trailer of the film, new art, Q&A with Nico during Dublin’s recent horror film festival and even a re-recording of the film’s “Destination-Understanding” song. It’s the first time that “Island” is released in the U.K. uncut and fans have welcomed this first opportunity to understand the British Censors who, for more than thirty years, insisted on medieval thinking by cutting scenes from the movie “to protect the innocent”, i.e. adults who need no protection from censors.
You can see recent reviews for the release here:
This is the new art of the movie as conceived by the exploitation minds at Arrow Films.
This sought-after cult movie, is finally on DVD from a brilliant,
restored and color corrected master. No more censored versions,
no more bootlegged, fuzzy copies sold for $ 300. You have the
absolute original. And bonus material include director's interview (27 minutes)
and the three songs of the movie, never before available anywhere.
"Absolutely amazing exploitation masterpiece" (Harvey Fenton, FAB Press)
THE LEGEND OF "ISLAND" CONTINUES
Horror giant Arrow Films is bringing "Island of Death" back in the UK market with a bang. Omega created a perfect new master and bonus materials and Arrow has invited Nico Mastorakis to be the guest of honor in the DVD's debut screenings in Dublin's Horrorthon and then in Glasgow, October 22 to 25. The world of horror classics was stunned at the recent decision of the British Censors to pass "Island" completely uncut and fans of the movie can't wait for the Arrow DVD which will also include the original theatrical trailer. Naturally, Horrorthon fans in Dublin and Glasgow will see the uncut version which is screened for the first time in the U.K. in the last 35 years. They'll be thrilled -- and justifiably so, since all the British versions (from its first theatrical release by GTO Films in 1976) have been cut by 20 minutes.
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REVIEWS KEEP COMING IN (35 years later)
This, from http://www.sick-films.com/reviews/island
IF EVER a film made you question your moral judgement, sense of humour and film-buying decisions, then Island Of Death is it. This succinctly-titled Seventies Greek blasterpiece is something of a tour de force of sado masochistic sex and violence, and after watching it you can't help but sit there and think: "how on earth did they ever get to make a film like this?" The catch is: you'll probably be giggling to yourself as you think this - trying to work out how you're going to explain what you just saw to your friends and colleagues. Such is the gleeful innocence in which writer/director/producer Mastorakis presents the unbelievable on-screen carnage.
If you've never seen Island Of Death you're probably sat there thinking: "what could be so bad?" Well, as a film, Island Of Death is greater than the sum of it's parts. There's no point writing a big list of all the shocking scenes it contains. Better to sum up the way it makes you feel after a viewing. Which is: dazed, confused, elated, disgusted and (most probably) turned-on (though you'd never admit it).
It's a story about a young couple - Christopher (Bob Belling) and Celia (Jane Ryall), on vacation in Greece. Initially they seem like a normal, fun-loving couple, but very quickly it becomes apparent that there is a screw loose when the couple begin to trap, torture and murder innocent locals in order to "rid the island of perversion."
Eventually Christopher and Celia are tracked by the police, but only after maiming and raping half a Greek island. It's hilarious, wince-inducing stuff, and thankfully well-filmed. Mastorakis undoubtedly pushes it with the sex and violence, but there is an undoubted charm and naivety to this film that prevents you from turning it off. It's, strangely, very watchable. In fact, no one could accuse Island Of Death of being unwatchable. Questionable - yes. And possibly unlistenable, to some (it's got a very unique soundtrack). But not unwatchable.
Those bound by the laws of political correctness will hate this film and the way it victimizes minorities. Those with a sense of humour, though, will realize that Island Of Death is one of the most daring films ever made. Mastorakis may not have had much of a budget, but he had massive balls.
This is a vile, vile film. In interviews I’ve read with the director, he admitted that he deliberately set out to make a real shocking and boundary pushing film. I think he pretty much succeeded. The film contains implied bestiality (and the murder of said animal, a Goat): a ‘golden shower’ scene, multiple murders by multiple means, including gun, knife and hanging: and a crucifixion that ends with the couple drowning the victim in paint. Needles to say, this was one of the infamous British nasties that were banned across the pond. There are a ton of cut versions out there, but of course you want the full uncut version. I mean, why else would you want to watch such a nasty, grimy film? In the best Grindhouse tradition, this is the type of film that you would slink out of the theater, or should come in a brown paper bag when go to order it on video.
In other words, you should either go buy or rent this film immediately. This is one of those Grindhouse films, like Thriller: a cruel picture and The Amazing Mr. No Legs that’s essential watching. Plus it’s a lot more perverse then the average cookie cutter horror film.
More reviews and reviewers are welcome. Email us for a screener if you haven't see ISLAND and you want to review it on your website or blog. Only legitimate reviewers, please.
More great reviews are pouring in. Read Lawrence Raffel's at
Also: Jim Reilly of www.horrorview.com, writes: Personally, I enjoyed the film tremendously. I felt that, beneath all of the shock, there lay an intrinsic beauty that was probably a bit of Mastorakis showing off his abilities beyond mere exploitation. It gave the film an element of class that has done much to make Island of Death a favorite with cult film fans and critics alike.
RECENT REVIEWS FOR A 1976 MOVIE WHICH IS NOW A CULT CLASSIC: http://www.horroryearbook.com/2006/12/23/movie-review-island-of-death-unrated-collectors-edition-2003/
Read one of Nico Mastorakis's recent interviews on www.horrorview.com
http://www.horroryearbook.com/2007/01/11/interview-with-nico-mastorakis-island-of-death-by-molly-celaschi/ " ISLAND is an exploitation masterpiece, a sleaze epic for those who like
’em extra sleazy. The movie is a parade of depravity, but made with an
unerring sense of purpose that many films of its ilk are lacking.
Mastorakis may claim that he had nothing else in mind than making money,
but his story comes across as the most extreme of morality plays. In
ISLAND, when you play with matches, you get more than burned; your soul
ends up in a hell that you could never imagine. And it’s a load of fun, to
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RECORD-BREAKING SALES IN THE U.S. THRU IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
THOUSANDS SOLD ON THE WEB
THE U.K. (CENSORED) RELEASE IS A SMASH HIT
GERMANY THIRTY-TWO YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL WAS MADE
THE LEGEND OF "ISLAND OF DEATH" CONTINUES