Elegantly cloaked in a dense atmosphere this film unravels like a mansion murder mystery. Somewhere around the last act a few of it’s short comings keep it from reaching masterful levels but it certainly captures a mood and makes for a valued addition to the horror cannon.
One of Lewton's gems. The island setting, the battle between reason and faith, the angsty and cruel main character—this is essentially Bergman territory, just shot on the cheap on an RKO backlot and laced with some spooky faux-mythology. Boris Karloff gives a terrific performance with a complicated character. The problem is the second half, which pays not nearly enough attention to logic or causality.
Another top notch Lewton thriller. The closing sequence is beautifully shot/paced, and the storyline of incorporating local legends/superstitions predates many films that retread the same ground. Not as good as Cat People or Walked With A Zombie, but this one should not be slept on. Essential viewing for Lewton fans.
Not as gothic and moody as the best Lewton films, but it operates nicely within its chamber drama confines. Karloff gives much needed gravitas. While much of the film fails to reach the true creepiness of other Lewton gems, there's an eerie moment late involving a half-seen figure that seems to blend into the background that actually gave me goosebumps.
Inferior a otras películas producidas por Val Lewton, pero no deja de tener esos referentes atractivos sobre la muerte y su relación con las creencias paganas. "La isla de los muertos" por encima de ser un filme sobre una plaga, esta trata sobre la locura contemplada desde lo mítico, lo existencial y lo personal, caso de Karloff, un "guardián" obsesionado capaz de digerir creencias ajenas a fin de sobre-proteger.
This one is routinely declared to be the lesser of Lewton's films, but I loved it. Sure, the action drags a little bit in comparison to other "horror thrillers" but that closing sequence is just shattering - beautifully shot and genuinely creepy. Personally, I never found the story to be drag as much as others complained about. One of the best horror-thrillers of the decade, in my opinion.