Island of the Burning Damned


Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1229


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Christopher Lee as Godfrey Hanson
Peter Cushing as Dr. Vernon Stone
Jane Merrow as Angela Roberts
Percy Herbert as Gerald Foster
701.82 MB
25.000 fps
12hr 0 min
P/S 0 / 6

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Reviewed by bensonmum2 7 / 10

Very British

Fara Island, off the coast of Scotland, is experiencing some very unusual weather. While the rest of country is in the midst of a normal cold winter, the island is hot. The temperature has hit 100 F and continues to rise. And it's not just the heat - people are hearing odd buzzing noises and sheep are dying in mysterious ways. What's behind the strange goings on? A scientist working on Fara thinks he has the answer - the heat, noises and deaths can be attributed to an alien invasion.

Night of the Big Heat (or Island of the Burning Damned if you prefer - I've actually seen it under both titles) is a very low-budget, very British sci-fi film with an unbelievably strong cast. I've seen this movie at least four or five times and it never fails to entertain. It's not a thrill-a-minute type movie, but it excels in tension and atmosphere. The plot may seem silly, but its presented in a manner that works for me. I believe square-jawed Patrick Allen, shirt dripping with sweat, when he tells me it's hot. I believe Christopher Lee's ramblings about the heat being generated by creatures from another world. And I believe Peter Cushing when he stumbles on one of the creatures in the middle of the night. This cast could make me believe just about anything. Lee and Cushing may be the big names in British genre films, but Patrick Allen is their equal when it comes to acting. Together, they make Night of the Big Heat a lot of fun.

I wish the filmmakers would have made the decision to not show the aliens. I've read a lot of comments and some people can't seem to get past their appearance - a cross between a fried egg and a roasted marshmallow. I would have preferred that either they not be shown and left it up to the viewer's imagination or take the cop-out route a lot of other low-budget sci-fi films of the era did and make the creatures invisible. Seeing the creatures is not necessary. All the work building tension and atmosphere had already been accomplished. The low-budget effects don't add to what came before - they only serve to detract.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 4 / 10

Not bad until the ending....

This film features Christopher Lee AND Peter Cushing--two greats of British horror. So, it IS worth seeing. However, I must warn you that the finale is a bit limp.

Britain is in the midst of a cold winter. Yet, oddly, despite this there is a small island which sees temperatures in the 90s Fahrenheit...and there doesn't seem to be a logical reason why. Much of the film is a bit soap opera-like, with a writer having serious women problems, but the finale gets to what's really going on...and, sadly, weak special effects undermine what could have been a really interesting finale. Overall, decent acting and a halfway decent story...but sloppy effects even for 1968.

By the way, if you are a Bearded Collie owner (I've had quite a few), this film might be the earliest you can find with an example of the breed running about in the film.

Reviewed by Brucey D 6 / 10

low budget sci-fi is a bit of a hoot

A remote Scottish island is having an unseasonal heat wave, and the islanders are increasingly drawn into a struggle against mysterious and deadly forces.

I quite enjoyed this movie; I came into it with low expectations and they were mostly met, but it was still a watchable film.

However there are problems; firstly anyone who has been to a remote Scottish island will quickly tell you that, unsurprisingly, there are usually Scottish people there. Also, lush rolling fields, deciduous woodland, and tall trees on the skyline are all features that are largely absent; wild and windswept is more the look.... The setting for the film looks a lot more like the home counties, for the simple reason that it is; the hotel is 'The Swan Inn', in Milton Keynes village, which is still there, and still looking about the same despite having burned down at least once since the film was made.

All the people in the film are glistening with glycerine throughout to signify the heat, and the men all have (rather variable from shot to shot) ridiculously enormous wet marks on their shirts. The ladies seem rather more to 'glow' instead, and Peter Cushing's character (a doctor!) bafflingly doesn't seem to have twigged that keeping his jacket on when it is 108 degrees mightn't be the best idea.

Despite all the mega pit-stains etc it doesn't look that hot; the film was shot in February and it must have been very uncomfortable to be swanning around outdoors in a damp shirt for days on end. Amusingly (and significantly as it turns out) near the beginning of the film, whilst it is meant to be hot, you can very clearly see that it is raining heavily nearby.

The film is hardly a glowing tribute to the cooling systems of British motor-cars (an MG midget boils up after a long drive and a Triumph Renown boils up after less than three miles.....) nor the pressure retaining qualities of a well known brand of bottled lager. Nor is it the finest hour for any of the actors involved, either. Several of them scream horribly in the film and I couldn't help but (rather unkindly) wonder if this is how they sometimes woke up after this film, having had more bad dreams about it.

But Cushing and Lee, not trying overly much, not given a good script to work with, are still eminently watchable by comparison with most other films. And the film isn't badly made for the most part; the rest of the cast are OK really, even if Patrick Allen only has two (barely distinguishable) settings to his voice, both 'very gravelly'.

If you dial in your expectations to '1960s Dr Who movie', plus more suspense and a certain amount of, uh, 'adult interest' (by the standards of the time) then you will have it about right.

Not a brilliant film by any means but certainly worth a watch.

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