Tower of Evil (1972)

TOWER OF EVIL (1972)
aka Horror on Snape Island
Article 2399 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-21-2007
Posting Date: 3-7-2008
Directed by Jim O’Connolly
Featuring Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Mark Edwards

A team of researchers go to Snape Island to find a Phoenician treasure. However, the island has a bad history of multiple murders having been committed on it, and soon the researchers discover they’re not alone on the island…

This movie starts out strong with a pair of sailors making their way to the island in question and finding it littered with bloody corpses and a madwoman. Unfortunately, it goes somewhat downhill from there for various reasons; the nudity and sex is gratuitous, the character development seems more interested in the characters’ sex lives than anything else, there are occasional attempts to shock that fall flat (I can understand having one of the woman drop a plate of food by being startled, but when what startles her is the sound what sounds like someone playing the recorder in the distance, you really feel the movie is overplaying its hand), and the revelations just aren’t all that great. Still, it has its moments, and is quite moody at times. I have to admit I have a fondness for the alternate title, HORROR ON SNAPE ISLAND, but I keep confusing with these other movies –

HORROR ON SNOOP ISLAND – Researchers arrive on an island haunted by Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick.

HORROR ON SNIPE ISLAND – Researchers arrive on an island and are terrorized by a group of men who have been waiting there forever with their bags

HORROR ON SNIP ISLAND – Researchers arrive on an island inhabited by demented barbers

HORROR ON SPANK ISLAND – Researchers arrive on an island to find – believe me, you don’t want to know.

 

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