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Doomwatch (1972)

The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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Peter Sasdy

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Kit Pedler (series "Doomwatch"), Gerry Davis (series "Doomwatch") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Bannen ... Dr. Del Shaw
Judy Geeson ... Victoria Brown
John Paul John Paul ... Dr. Quist
Simon Oates Simon Oates ... Dr. John Ridge
Jean Trend Jean Trend ... Dr. Fay Chantry
Joby Blanshard ... Bradley
George Sanders ... The Admiral - Sir Geoffrey
Percy Herbert ... Constable Hartwell
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Betty Straker
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Henry Leyton
Joseph O'Conor ... Vicar
Norman Bird ... Brewer
Constance Chapman ... Miss Johnson
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Tom Straker
James Cosmo ... Bob Gillette
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The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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An ecological nightmare gone berserk! See more »


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One of 13 titles included in Avco Embassy's Nightmare Theater package syndicated for television in 1975, and the sole British one. See more »

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oh, mercy, mercy me
7 November 2004 | by march9hareSee all my reviews

An environmentalist group ( a la early 70s ) somewhat sensationally named "Doomwatch" takes an interest in some peculiar goings-on on a small island near the UK. As a disclaimer, we never saw the BBC series so we don't have any previous notions to compare this film against but, having said that, the film is an enjoyable, cautionary tale about pollution and official stonewalling. Some people have lamented over the film's obviously modest - read: small - budget, but in our opinion this does not handicap the effort. If anything, it serves to highlight what can be achieved by the use of good writing, good acting, and good directing. Though not a horror film per se, its moody atmosphere and imaginative makeup does blur the line between suspense and horror quite effectively, and does actually manage to make you care about the people in it, most notably the character of Dr. Shaw. It's been pointed out that this film does bear a certain resemblance to "The Wicker Man", but in our opinion this has been overstated; yes, in both films an investigating official is stranded on a small island with lots of local strangeness, but that's about the only common ground between the two. Both are enjoyable, but for totally different reasons. Bottom line: while "Doomwatch" may not be a great film, it is a pretty good one. Try it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of the Ghouls See more »

Filming Locations:

Coverack, Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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