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Sunday, October 6, 2013

31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - The Island

By Garon Cockrell

Michael Caine versus Pirates.   What else do you need me to say about it?

The Island

The Film:

The Island is a movie that has been in my mind for years and years.  I remember seeing it on the video store shelves when I was a kid browsing the horror section even though I knew my mom would not rent me any of the films.  It has an almost iconic cover that I never forgot and this is the first time I’ve had the chance to see it.

Michael Caine plays a reporter who investigates a series of missing persons in the Caribbean.   He drags his son along to after promising to take him to Disneyworld.  Spoiler:  They don’t make it.  Instead they fly to an island in the Caribbean where Michael Caine investigates and they get kidnapped by pirates.  Honest-to-goodness, straight-out-of-the-17th-century, no-idea-modern-life-exists pirates.

Here’s the weird thing about The Island.  It’s not a horror movie.   Sure it has some gore but that doesn’t make for a horror movie.  It feels more like a dark adventure movie or even a drama.   There are no scares and it doesn’t even make an attempt to be scary.  It’s just a weird situation where this group of people have lived as pirates and by pirate code for centuries and fair warning, they talk like it and it’s very hard to understand them most of the time.

If you are looking for a horror movie, don’t look here.

The Disc:
This is a barebones release as far as Scream Factory releases go.   Short on features means the movie has to stand on its own.  Of course we have a great transfer but I think people coming to this expecting a horror film are going to be disappointed.
Still, as far as the disc is concerned, it really does look great.  The beautiful scenery is wonderfully displayed with sharp colors and a really crisp picture.

The Features:
  • Trailers
The Specs:
  •       1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)
  • DTS HD Master Audio 2.0
  • English-only Audio & Subtitles.
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rated R

  • Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) (DVD)
  • Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0


Final Grades:
Story:  B / There aren’t many murderous pirate films out there and The Island is a pretty good one.
Presentation:  B / Great picture but feature light. 
Scare Factor:  D / No scares because despite being categorized as one this is not a horror movie.
Gore Factor:  B / I think the murders are why this is called a horror film.  They’re not overly gory or scary but they are there. 
Repeat view-ability:  B / Michael Caine is great as usual and that and the unique pirate element might be enough for multiple viewings. 

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