Isle of the Dead (1945)

Isle of the Dead (1945), produced by Val Lewton, directed by Mark Robson.

Inspired by Arnold Böcklin's painting of the same name.

A Greek general (Boris Karloff) enforces a plague quarantine on an island during wartime. A hard skeptical man, his rationality cracks and he begins to believe that a vorvolaka, an undead creature, is preying upon them. Or is it just the plague?

A dark, funereal air broods over the story. Disturbed graves, premature burial, childhood nightmares returned.

What scares a skeptic? The possibility that his unbelief is not well-founded, and that reality is not what it seems to be.

Very dark throughout, finely composed. No commentary track.