BLOCK ISLAND (2020) Reviews and overview

‘A storm is coming.’

Block Island is a 2020 American horror feature film about a screenwriter and his past partners trapped in a house with a dark presence.

Written and directed by Jeffrey Douglas – making his feature debut – the Reels on a Bus production stars David W. Grunner, Diana Lee Arnold, Jen Ayer Drake and Suzanne Edgar.


A screenwriter rents a beach house to finish his latest script. After women from his past reappear to help him, a storm hits, trapping them. When a strange and dangerous presence starts to arise, they must choose to escape into the deadly storm or hunker down and survive the dark presence in their midst…


“If we look beyond the juvenile jump scares, heavy-handed musical stings, sterile set and clumsy insertion of an archetypal Scream slasher into this film, there is undeniably something here. Block Island has some impressive core elements, and clear signs that Jeffrey Douglas could pull off an effective, thought-provoking and low-budget Blumhouse-style horror…” Indy Film Library

Cast and characters:

David W. Grunner … Paul
Diana Lee Arnold … Lilith
Jen Ayer Drake … Maya
Suzanne Edgar … Alex
Jovani Shackelford … Young Boy
Ian A. Wade … Dad
Adalee Alt … Young Girl 1
Ella Griffith … Young Girl 2
Meredith Kaunitz … Susan
Erik Rieloff … Police Officer
Lisa Galperin … Podcast Host

Filming locations:

Arlington and Falls Church, Virginia

Technical details:

73 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.9:1


Not to be confused with The Block Island Sound (also 2020).