Lead actress Jane Lyle in a still from the movie Island of Death. She is hugging her knees to her shoulders, looking slightly off camera with an expression of schadenfreude.

Island of Death

movies 1976 Midnight Pulp exploitation

Mastorakis said he made Island of Death because he wanted to out-do the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It certainly has more sex and different violence, but the idyllic setting and the perfectly charming locals tend to defuse the situation a lot. Shocking in its time for the violence and sexual perversion, modern audiences will be more distressed by the film’s contempt for homosexuals, black people, and older women with a functioning libido.

If you watch this, watch it for Jane Lyle. Lyle is the female half of the serial-murdering couple. She brings to her role more complexity than you might expect. Also watch for a painful director cameo; he’s a nosy novelist who can’t remember his lines.