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.
Isle of the Damned will be self-distributed by its production company, Dire Wit Films, and will play selected art house theatres, horror conventions, and film festivals to coincide with its DVD release in early 2009.
“Most films on this level end up straight on DVD, which is fine… but I feel like it should be experienced in the theatre if possible, with an audience, and we intend to bring it to as many cities as possible for at least a year of touring,” says Colegrove.