Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch. Keeping things rolling, today we have Island of the Dead.
IMDb: Island of the Dead (TV Movie 14 November 2000)
Stranded on a deserted island, a group of people struggle to survive against a swarm of supernatural flies.
You have to wonder how such a strange premise would get made for television. The movie is a blend of supernatural and creature feature subgenres. I went in blind would never have guessed. I think the opening text is very strong. It explains that there is an actual island off New York that is a potter’s field to millions of unidentified and unclaimed bodies from the area. A Rupert Murdock type buys the island to develope and of course bad things begin to happen. I was expecting that to lead into plot involving zombies, ghosts, or basically anything with the exception of flies. Thinking back on it, I see how blatantly you’re shown what the monster of the movie is. It didn’t register in my mind though, because of how nonsensical it is. There were points where the camera is flying directlly around soon to be victims and I was thinking it was supposed to be ghosts. Or when the phone goes out and the cop checks it, there are meal worms (they’re supposed to be maggots) in the junction box. Naturally, I assumed these fell off the undead that popped open the box to rip the wire out. It was the flies all along. Un-fucking-believable. Aside from what seems to me to be a very poor choice of monster, there are some other problems with the movie. It takes too long for things to get moving. The movie is half over before our main cast are alone and start to look for Malcolm McDowells’ missing assistant which typically would be the start of the second act. I haven’t mentioned McDowell before. He’s fine. The cast is mostly good. There just isn’t much for them to work with here. There is significant padding. Slow motion jump roping… repeatedly. How exciting. With that, I’ve lost interest.
Check back again tomorrow as I continue to torture myself. In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Class of 1999 for something that we liked him in.