"Isle of the Damned" Review

In Antonello Giallo's follow up to the notorious Pleasures of the Damned, private investigator Jack Steele is hired by a mysterious treasure hunter to help find the lost treasure of Marco Polo. Along for the trip is Jack's adopted son, Billy. Their search brings them to an island off the coast of Argentina... and into the clutches of a primitive cannibal tribe, the Yamma Yamma. Alexis Kinkaid, a mysterious recluse who has made his home on the island amongst the cannibals, may hold the key to unlocking the island's secret... if they don't end up in the belly of a savage first! Isle of the Damned, shot on location in Argentina in 1980, brought Giallo under fire yet again... this time by the Argentinean government, who issued a warrant for Giallo's arrest under suspicions of abuse of the native peoples. Giallo fled the country before he could go to trial. The film has been long out of print, but is presented here in a digitally remastered form.

Review: From the cannibal infested woods of Maryland comes one of the best spoof/satire films ever made. This film basically takes Italian cannibal films and pays homage to them and at the same time pokes fun at their flaws. Unless you are familiar with that sub-genre of films you really won't get alot of the jokes, but if you are familiar with them and a fan then you will without a doubt love this film unless you don't have a sense of humor. From the start I can say I really loved this film and what really helped me love it was it's intentionally bad dubbing, cheesy costumes, poorly done cannibal natives, gore, taboo subjects such as incest and rape, and the really cool mask one of the cannibals wear during a ceremony. Another thing I must mention that I liked was the man-kabob which is instead of a woman being impaled(like in Cannibal Holocaust) it is a man and it is through his asshole and out his mouth which always makes for a good film. Now I must say that the gore most of the time is quite cheap but, for this film I think it helps to add to the charm of the film. Overall this is the best spoof film that I have ever laid my eyes on and truly does a great job at entertaining and offending at the same time! I highly recommend this film and suggest you go buy this one!

-Daniel Damnation

Directed By:Mark Colegrove, Released By: Dire Wit Films, Year:2009(DVD), Genre:Spoof/Satire, Website: www.direwitfilms.com Time Length: 83 mins.