On their first morning at the holiday villa, Celia rebuffs Christopher’s sexual advances. All that traveling and murder have clearly worn the poor girl out. Frustrated, he goes for a walk and encounters an innocent goat. I’m sure you can see where this is going. Later, Celia goes out herself and, apparently rested, seduces a local decorator while watched by Christopher through the lens of his camera. After the deed Celia and Chris nail the native labourer to the ground by his hands then pour white paint down his throat while he is semi-conscious. An ingenious, stomach churning scene it is too, as they laugh wildly and take pictures of the body.
They make their way through the island, first seducing then killing, adulterers, homosexuals and drug addicts. Basically anyone they see as deviant. Christopher in particular sees himself as a bit of an avenging angel, which is ironic considering their own relaxed sexual morals. The film then climaxes in a scene of revenge that is both completely unexpected and slightly out of place.
Both the sex and violence in the film are classic pornographic in their styling. Scenes are broken up into gratuitous black and white snapshots that wouldn’t look out of place in a porn magazine (so I’ve heard). Not five minutes goes by without someone getting it on, with a bit of bestiality and rape thrown in for good measure. Their use of photography in their crimes accentuated this even more, making them able to literally lust over their exploits in the comfort of their own rooms, over and over again.
When viewed through 21st century eyes and with modern sensibilities, it's hard to understand why it was included in the nasties list as it's not particularly difficult to watch. That may either be because I’m not corruptible or I’ve already been corrupted. Either way, Island of Death is a wonderfully vicious and unflinching little film, make no mistake, just not one for all the family.