Island of Death (film)
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|Island of Death|
Original video artwork
|Directed by||Nico Mastorakis|
|Produced by||Nico Mastorakis (as Nick Mastorakis)
|Written by||Nico Mastorakis (as Nick Mastorakis)|
Robert Behling (as Bob Belling)
|Music by||Nikos Lavranos (as Nick Lavranos)|
|Cinematography||Nikos Gardelis (as Nick Gardellis)|
|Edited by||Vasilis Syropoulos|
Island of Death (Greek: Τα Παιδιά Του Διαβόλου, Ta pediá tou Diavólou, literally "Children of the Devil", also known as Devils in Mykonos and A Craving For Lust) is a 1976 Greek exploitation film directed by Nico Mastorakis. It tells the story of a man and a woman, posing as newlyweds, who visit the Greek island of Mykonos and start a rampage of murder, killing anyone they believe to be sinful or perverted.
The film was initially banned as a video nasty, and is one of the most widely banned films in the world. It remained banned for several years in the United Kingdom until a heavily censored (missing over four minutes) version was released by Vipco. It was eventually released uncut by Arrow Films in 2011.
Christopher (Robert Behling) and Celia (Jane Lyle) rent a home on the Greek island of Mykonos for their purported honeymoon. The locals believe them to be a normal newlywed couple; however, Christopher and Celia are in fact sexual sadists and murderers, and have left London in order to venture on a killing spree abroad.
The morning after their arrival, Christopher, aroused, rapes a goat and then kills it. The two then meet a French painter who is attracted to Celia. The two nail him to the ground in a crucifixion pose, and pour paint down his throat until he chokes to death. They then dump his body in the ocean. While getting acquainted with the island locals, the couple meet Patricia, a wealthy older woman, and are invited to a gay wedding between a middle-aged American on the island and his Greek lover. Christopher and Celia break into the couple's house on their wedding night, and Christopher chases the elder man into the streets before stabbing him to death; Celia shoots his lover in the head with a pistol, and stage it as a murder-suicide.
After this, the couple kill a police officer from the states that had been trailing the couple by hanging him from his plane and flying it over the ocean. Celia begins to resist Christopher's murderous escapades and shows hesitation when he targets Patricia. He arrives at her house and the two begin to have sex while Celia watches from a window. Christopher then begins urinating on her, and then beats her unconscious in the house, before taking her body outside and decapitating her with a bulldozer. The next day, while Christopher goes fishing, two hippies attempt to rape Celia while she is taking a bath. However, Christopher returns home to discover them in the act, and then murders one with a speargun, while proceeding to drown the other one in the toilet.
He then decides to target a local lesbian bartender, Leslie, who is romantically interested in Celia. Celia visits her house, and Leslie invites her do to heroin; Christopher then enters, and knocks her unconscious before injecting her with a lethal dosage. After she dies, he uses an aerosol spray and a candle to burn her face.
Celia begins to have dreams of a mysterious man, and worries the island's small size will lead to police suspecting her and Christopher in the string of deaths. When Leslie's body is found by a local crime writer, the police begin to search for Christopher and Celia. They flee to a remote farm on the island to hide, and meet the man whom Celia has been having premonitions of. It is then revealed that Christopher and Celia are in fact brother and sister, and have been engaged in an incestuous relationship. The next morning, the strange man rapes Celia in the barn, and then knocks Christopher unconscious before anally raping him. He then throws Christopher in a lye pit, and Celia becomes attached to the stranger. A rainstorm arrives on the island, and Christopher dies in the lye pit while Celia and the strange man engage in sex.
- Robert Behling as Christopher (credited as Bob Belling)
- Jane Lyle as Celia (credited as Jane Ryall)
- Jessica Dublin as Patricia
- Gerard Gonalons as Foster
- Jannice McConnell as Leslie (credited as Janice McConnel)
- Nikos Tsachiridis
- Ray Richardson (credited as Ray Zuk)
- Marios Tartas (credited as Mario Tatras)
- Efi Bani (credited as Efi Banny)
- Clay Half (credited as Clay Huff)
Director Nico Mastorakis was inspired to make the film after observing the financial success of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. He has gone on record as saying that he had no artistic motivations, but the film has attained some respect as a cult curio among exploitation fans nonetheless.
Allmovie's review of the film was mixed, writing "this graphic Grecian proto-slasher is one of the most perverse exploitation films released to the public, a laundry list of outrages that will cause the viewer to wonder what kind of mind could conceive such a monstrosity."
- "Island Of Death Home Page". islandofdeath.com. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
- Gibrol, Bill (August 26, 2013). "Island of Death: Collector's Edition". DVD Verdict. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- Fred Beldin. "Island of Death (1975)". Allmovie. Retrieved 29 June 2012.