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Island of the Burning Damned (1967)

Night of the Big Heat (original title)
GP | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 1971 (USA)
While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the ... See full summary »


Terence Fisher


Ronald Liles (screen play by), John Lymington (based on a novel by) | 4 more credits »


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Jane Merrow ... Angela Roberts
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Kenneth Cope ... Tinker Mason
Percy Herbert ... Gerald Foster (as Percy Hurbert)
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Jack Bligh Jack Bligh ... Ben Siddle
Sydney Bromley ... Old Tramp (as Sidney Bromley)
Barry Halliday Barry Halliday ... Radar Operator


While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the Swan. Only a stand-offish visting scientist suspects aliens are to blame. Meanwhile the new secretary to the local best-selling author is raising the temperature in her own way. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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See: Mysterious Invaders From Outer Space Create Their Scorching Heat Rays That Consume the People and an Island!


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Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolour) (photographed in)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because of the strong sexual implications of the French title, some distributors added several graphic sex scenes in order to exploit that feature in the French adult film circuit. None of the original cast and crew were credited in that version apart from Jane Merrow and Sarah Lawson who were both doubled for the additional scenes. See more »


The islanders in the pub turn off all the lights so as not to attract the aliens. In the next scene the lights are on. See more »


Godfrey Hanson: I have been convinced that this island has become the center of an invasion, the central landing point for beings from another planet.
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Intelligent Sci-fi from a past age
2 October 2004 | by AdamJezardSee all my reviews

I'm fed up with reading about how bad the spfx are supposed to be in this film. Personally, I blame Christopher Lee for saying bad things about them in his biography. Actually, this film is not bad. It is a story about ordinary people in an extra-ordinary situation (an alien invasion). The people are stuck in a claustrophobic setting (a pub on an island) and it's about how they confront what's facing them. This is a fairly faithful adaptation of the book it is based on. It's more character than spfx lead, and I suppose this is the problem for modern audiences who have short attention spans and lack the ability to follow a scene that lasts for more than 3 seconds. Still, if you like sci-fi from an age when people had brain cells (ie, HG Wells, Jules Verne, John Wyndham, etc...) and don't mind spfx that could have come from the early Dr Who serials and the original Star Trek series, then you may well enjoy this film. If you happen to think Star Wars was the greatest film ever made, then don't bother -- it'll be way above your head.

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