‘The lucky ones got their brains blown out!!’
Island of Death – original title: Τα Παιδιά Του Διαβόλου aka Ta paidia tou Diavolou, literally “Children of the Devil” – is a 1975 Greek exploitation horror film directed by Nico Mastorakis (Grandmother’s House; The Wind; Blind Date).
Mastorakis has stated that he was inspired to make an exploitation film after observing the international financial success of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
The film is known under a wide range of titles: Devils of Mykonos, Cruel Destination, Island of Perversion, Killing Daylight and Devil’s Island.
In the UK, it was released to British cinemas in 1976 by Winstone Film Distributors as A Craving for Lust with over 7 minutes of BBFC censorship cuts. Uncut on VHS, it was banned as a ‘video nasty‘, and due to its ultra sleazy vibe it is certainly one of the more extreme and entertaining entries on the banned list. It finally had an uncut British DVD release on Arrow Video in March 2011.
The movie stars Robert Behling [as Bob Belling] (The Devil’s Men), Jane Lyle [as Jane Ryall] (The Devil’s Men), Jessica Dublin (The Devil’s Men), Gerard Gonalons, Jannice McConnell (as Janice McConnel).
Christopher (Robert Behling) and Celia (Jane Lyle) rent a home on the Greek island of Mykonos for their purported honeymoon. The locals believe them to be a normal newlywed couple; however, Christopher and Celia are in fact sexual sadists and murderers, and have left London in order to venture on a killing spree abroad.
The morning after their arrival, Christopher, molests a young goat and then kills it. The two then meet a French painter who is attracted to Celia. The two nail him to the ground in a crucifixion pose, and pour paint down his throat until he chokes to death. They then dump his body in the ocean.
While getting acquainted with the island locals, the couple meet Patricia, a wealthy older woman, and are invited to a gay wedding between a middle-aged American on the island and his Greek lover. Christopher and Celia break into the couple’s house on their wedding night, and Christopher chases the elder man into the streets before stabbing him to death; Celia shoots his lover in the head with a pistol, and stage it as a murder-suicide.
After this, the couple kill a police officer from the states that had been trailing the couple by hanging him from his plane and flying it over the ocean. Celia beings to resist Christopher’s murderous escapades and shows hesitation when he targets Patricia. He arrives at her house and the two begin to have sex while Celia watches from a window. Christopher then begins urinating on her, and beats her to death in the house. The next day, while Christopher goes fishing, two hippies attempt to rape Celia, but Christopher returns home and murders them both.
He then decides to target a local lesbian bartender, Leslie, who is romantically interested in Celia. Celia visits her house, and Leslie invites her to do heroin; Christopher then enters, and knocks her unconscious before injecting her with a lethal dosage. After she dies, he uses an aerosol spray and a candle to burn her face.
Celia begins to have dreams of a mysterious man, and worries the island’s small size will lead to police suspecting her and Christopher in the string of deaths. When Leslie’s body is found by a local crime writer, the police begin to search for Christopher and Celia. The fugitive couple flee to a remote farm on the island to hide, and meet the man whom Celia has been having premonitions of. It is then revealed that Christopher and Celia are in fact brother and sister, and have been engaged in an unnatural relationship.
The next morning, the strange man carnally assaults Celia in the barn, and then knocks Christopher unconscious before abusing him too. He then throws Christopher in a lye pit, and Celia becomes attached to the stranger.
A rainstorm arrives on the island, and Christopher dies in the lye pit while Celia and the strange man nonchalantly copulate…
- Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, approved by writer-director-producer Nico Mastorakis
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Exploring Island of Death – film historian Stephen Thrower on the making of a cult classic
- Return to Island of Death – Mastorakis returns to the original Mykonos locations
- Archive interview with Mastorakis
- Alternative opening titles
- Island Sounds – five original tracks from the Island of Death soundtrack
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- The Films of Nico Mastorakis – four-part documentary charting the director’s filmmaking career [Blu-ray only]
- Nico Mastorakis Trailer Reel [Blu-ray only]
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by academic and film historian Johnny Walker
“The intention was to break every taboo in the book, and Mastorakis clearly does that here (and I must admit, I’ve never seen a guy get farted on before in a horror picture!). Although there’s plenty of sex and violence on-screen, much if it is implied or not excessively displayed, so the ideas in the film are more unsettling than what you actually do see. This one will be on your mind for a while, but you probably won’t have to shower after viewing it.” Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
“The movie sounds far more sensational than it really is. While it’s certainly true that, yes, there is a good bit of sex and violence here, much of it plays out quite humorously and while it may have seemed like a film capable of wreaking havoc with the moral fabric of society a few decades ago, it now seems rather amusing.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!
“Although the film boasts depraved acts of sex and rape, both human and animal, the results are little more than what you’d expect from a sex comedy, while the gore looks cartoon-like. The travelogue-like cinematography, which perfectly captures Mykonos’ picture-postcard scenery, and the incongruous folksy soundtrack only serve to make this film campier than the director intended.” Peter Fuller, Kultguy’s Keep
Mykonos island, Greece