WHODUNIT? aka ISLAND OF DEATH (1982) Reviews and overview

 

‘Seven people are dead – and you’re next!’

Whodunit? is a 1982 American mystery horror feature film very loosely based on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Also known as Island of Blood and Scared Alive: Island of Blood

Written, directed and co-produced by William T. Naud [as Bill Naud] with cinematographer Thomas E. Spalding (as Tom Spalding) as co-producer. The movie stars Marie-Alise Recasner, Rick Dean, Ron Gardner and Terence Goodman.

Blu-ray release:

Whodunit? was released on Blu-ray by Vinegar Syndrome on November 24th 2020. Special features:

Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original negative
“Blood & Sweaters” – an interview with actor Terence Goodman
“Dying for the Opportunity” – an interview with actor Jim Piper
“Containing the Excitement” – an interview with actress Marie-Alise Recasner
“Cutting a Long Story Short” – an interview with editor Hari Ryatt
Commentary track with The Hysteria Continues!
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles
Region Free Blu-ray

Plot:

A film crew and a motley collection of thespians set out for an island that will be the perfect location for their next feel good, light-hearted, comedy picture. However, someone has other ideas and destroys their mode of transport before finishing off the surviving cast and crew (wearing a skull-like mask) with the aid of a chainsaw, machete, and nail gun, all to a sick sadistic new wave rock song ‘Face to Face’ (that this homicidal psycho has a fetish for).

This psychotic murderer also has an accomplice, a fellow crewman who is skilled in the art of booby traps, rigging a shower to rain battery acid and a scalding swimming pool that boils alive anyone who falls in.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“A pretty dreadful and understandably forgotten slasher flick, this is slow as hell, dull as hell, completely unoriginal, poorly and amateurishly written, acted and directed. The Make-Up Effects Lab (who also created many of the “real” gore scenes in the Faces of Death movies) did some of the fx, but most are too difficult to see because of the poor lighting.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“There were long stretches when it seemed like this movie would never end, the script and acting are bad and that terrible song is annoying, but even with all that, it’s not the worst movie in the world! At least it tries, which is more than you can say for some movies of its ilk!” Ha ha, it’s Burl!

“The trouble is that the whole thing is seriously hampered by all-round amateurishness – from some appallingly flat acting (if it was any more stilted it’d be staccato); the majority of the action (again a term I use loosely) taking place in murky, appallingly badly lit night scenes; with a terminally confused script – it’s just a mess…” Hysteria Lives

“The atmosphere is very good and so is the pacing and I had no idea what was going on and who the killer was. I was eagerly awaiting the reveal and it did not disappoint and the motive at the end was very original. This is a very interesting and memorable whodunit.” Scared Stiff Reviews

“There’s a humongous body count and some imaginative kill scenes, but the lighting is so bad that we never really enjoy any of them. Joel Goldsmith’s score is certainly not the worst and the mystery is riveting, but any attempts at suspense are wasted by the lack of a clear sight on what the hell is going on.” …A Slash Above

Cast and characters:

Marie-Alise Recasner … Donna (as Marie Alise)
Rick Dean … Jim
Ron Gardner … Franklin Phlem
Terence Goodman … Steve Faith (as Terry Goodman)
Richard Helm … Rick
Jeanine Marie … Lyn
Jared McVay … Bert (as Red McVay)
G. Rockett Phillips … Taylor (as Gary Phillips)
Jim Piper … John
Michael Stroka … Mayor
Bari Suber … Betty Jean ‘BJ’
Steven Tash … Phil
Jimmy Williams … Policeman (as Jim Williams)

Technical details:

82 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Mono

Trailer:

Theme song ‘Face to Face’:

YouTube reviews: