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Blood Tide
To Kyma Tou Aimatos / Demon Island / Demon's Island

UK / Greece 1982
produced by
Donald Langdon, Nico Mastorakis, John D. Schofield (executive), Brian Trenchard-Smith (co) for Connaught International, Athon
directed by Richard Jefferies
starring James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Lila Kedrova, Mary Louise Weller, Martin Kove, Lydia Cornell, Deborah Shelton, Sofia Seirli, Despina Tomazani, Rania Photiou, Spyros Papafrantzis, Irini Tripkou, Annabel Schofield
written by Richard Jefferies, Nico Mastorakis, music by Jerry Mosely, monster created by Vince Jeffords

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On the search for his sister Madeline (Deborah Shelton), Neil (Martin Kove) and his wife Sherry (Mary Louise Weller) arrive on a small Greek island, where they're met with open hostility by the mayor (José Ferrer), who insists he has never seen Madeline and urges them to leave early the very next day ... but then somehow they cross paths with her anyhow and find out that she, an archeologist restoring the separate layers of a painting at the local monastery, has joined forces with treasure hunter Frye (James Earl Jones), who spends his nights (so the locals can't see him) searching the underwater caves for a secret treasure - and it seems these days he has struck gold (literally), as he has found a walled up cave he's sure must hold something. However, when he blasts open the cave entrance, he fails to see something escape.

Soon, a girl has gone missing, and the distrusting locals suspect Neil and Sherry, on the sole ground that they are foreigners. Then several locals see Frye's girlfriend (Lydia Cornell) being torn underwater by what might be a shark, and later her mutilated body is found. Frye, Neil and Sherry soon come to the conclusion there must be something the locals aren't telling them, while at the monastery, Madeline detects another layer under the painting she restores, one that speaks of a sea monster kept at bay by a virgin sacrifice. Soon enough, it becomes clear that the "shark" was actually a sea monster, and that it needs a virgin who sacrifices herself to be appeased. Thing is, apparently that virgin is to be Madeline ...


Quite obviously taking cues from H.P. Lovecraft, Bloodtide is a enjoyably creepy slowburn monster movie that sure doesn't shy away from gruesomeness but takes more care in creating its mystery - which is of course greatly helped by the wonderful locations of the movie which are made perfect use of, great camerawork, as well as a colourful supporting cast that further attributes to the film's eeriness. And while the monster looks quite cool, it's cleverly hidden in the shadows most of the time, not to distract too much from the atmosphere. In all, a pretty cool spooker for sure!


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