Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead

Boris Karloff
Director: Mark Robson Cast: Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, Ellen Drew
Ellen Drew
, Marc Cramer
Marc Cramer
Mark Robson

Blu-ray (Subtitled / Full Frame)



Inspired by Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin's famous painting, this seminal horror film marked the first of three collaborations between RKO producer Val Lewton and British genre star Boris Karloff. Set during the 1912 Balkan Wars, Isle of the Death featured Karloff as Greek general Pherides who, along with an American journalist (Marc Cramer), visits the gravesite of his late wife on a deserted island. They find the grave desecrated and a group of travelers held hostage by the superstitious beliefs of Kyra (Helene Thimig). One by one, the inhabitants of the island are felled by what Dr. Drossos (Ernest Dorian aka Ernst Deutsch) terms the plague, but what Kyra insists is the work of Thea (Ellen Drew), a young nurse she believes to be a "varvoloka," an ancient Greek vampire. Thea's patient, Mrs. St. Aubun (Katherine Emery), suffers from death-like trances and, sure enough, during one of her spells, she is pronounced dead by Swiss archeologist Albrecht (Jason Robards Sr. and is interred alive.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2021
UPC: 0883929740093
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:12:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Gen. Nikolas Pherides
Ellen Drew Thea
Marc Cramer Oliver Davis
Katherine Emery Mrs. St. Aubyn
Alan Napier Mr. St. Aubyn
Jason Robards Albrecht
Helene Thimig Kyra
Ernst Dorian Dr. Drosses
Skelton Knaggs Henry Robbins
Sherry Hall Greek Colonel
Ernst Deutsch Dr. Drossos
Erick Hanson Officer

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Boyer Editor
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Al Greenwood Set Decoration/Design
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Val Lewton Producer,Screenwriter
Jack MacKenzie Cinematographer
Josef Mischel Screenwriter
Harry Scott Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ardel Wray Screenwriter

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