Tuesday, December 09, 2008

DVD Review: Isle of the Damned

I don't care how you do it, you have to see Isle of the Damned! Simply put, I pissed myself laughing watching this movie. This is a true work of art.

Wigs, fake mustaches, seventies porn music, exaggerated dubbing, overblown violence and mutilation never looked so good as it does in this hilarious send up of classic Italian cannibal films. Written by Mark Leake and directed by Mark Colegrove, Isle of the Damned had me laughing from the opening credits all the way through the final scene. I can't say that of any other movie.

Two standout performances are that of Keith Tveit Langsdorf and Larry Gamber. Langsdorf's portrayal of Alexis Kincaid is truly memorable, especially the scene on the log when he reaches out to his fallen comrade and his hat flies off his head to reveal a huge, Don King-like wig. And when Gambler's Jack Steele tells young Billy, "We're gonna try, Billy. We're gonna try." you just can't help it but roll in laughter.

If you haven't guessed it by now, I loved Isle of the Damned, penis mutilations, torn up babies and all. This may just be my favorite film of the year. Look for it to be showing in some limited engagements in the early part of 2009. I give Isle of the Damned ***** out of *****!!

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