Tower of Evil (1972)

UK,
89m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Jim O'Connolly.

Plot Summary

A pair of old sea salts discover the bodies of three badly mutilated teens on the shrouded Snape Island. The sole survivor is a deranged American woman who's placed in the care of an experimental psychologist who tries to snap her out of her catatonic stupor. He learns that a hulking madman attacked the girl and her three young friends on Snape Island. Intrigued by the discovery of an ancient Phoenician spear as a murder weapon, a team of led by Rose Mason and her quarrelsome ex-lover Adam set off for Snape Island. They are accompanied by Brett, a private investigator hired by the surviving woman's parents to find out what really happened. As the archaeologists wander about the island's catacombs, bickering ceaselessly, the body count starts to rise. The perpetrator is revealed as a homicidal lighthouse keeper, Saul Gurney, who most of the locals believed to have died many years ago, and his equally crazed son Michael who has led the party to the island.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Jim O'Connolly
© Grenadier Films Ltd. MCMLXXII [1972]
A Grenadier film. A Grenadier Film production. Fanfare Film Productions [uncredited]
Executive Producer: Joe Solomon
Produced by: Richard Gordon
Associate Producer: John Pellatt
Screenplay by: Jim O'Connolly
Based on an Original Story by: George Baxt
Director of Photography: Desmond Dickinson
Film Editor: Henry Richardson
Music Composed and Conducted by: Kenneth V. Jones
Sound Recordists: Ken Ritchie, Nolan Roberts
Wardrobe: Jackie Cummins
Make-up: Jimmy Evans
Hairdresser: Gordon Bond
Production Designer: Disley Jones
Made at: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middlesex, England

Cast
Bryant Haliday (Evan Brent)
Jill Haworth (Rose Mason)
Mark Edwards (Adam)
Jack Watson (Hamp Gurney)
Anna Palk (Nora Winthrop)
Derek Fowlds (Dan Winthrop)
George Coulouris (John Gurney)
William Lucas (Inspector Hawk)
John Hamill (Gary)
Candace Glendenning (Penny Read)
Robin Askwith (Des)
Serretta Wilson (Mae)
Marianne Stone (nurse)
Fredric Abbott (Saul Gurney)
Mark McBride (Michael Gurney)
Dennis Price (Laurence Bakewell)
Anthony Valentine (Dr Simpson)
Gary Hamilton (Brom)

Alternative Titles

Beyond the Fog – US re-release title
Devils Tower – Der Schreckensturm der Zombies – West Germany title
Horror of Snape Island
Horror on Snape Island
Perché il dio fenicio continua ad uccidere?
– Italian title
Snape-saaren salaisuus – Finnish title
T̴rnet i t̴ken РNorwegian title
La tour du diable – French title
Der Turm der lebenden Leichen – West Germany title

Extracts included in
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987)

References

Periodicals
CinemaTV Today no.10001 (7 October 1972) p.3 – trade show details
The Dark Side no.66 p.42 – review
Filmfacts vol.15 (1972) p.115 – reprinted reviews
The Hollywood Reporter 5 May 1972 – credits, review
The Hollywood Reporter 17 September 1971 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin December 1972 p.260 – credits, synopsis, review
Sight & Sound August 1993 p.62 – review
Today's Cinema no.9934 (24 August 1971) p.5 – note (Films shooting in September)
Today's Cinema 14 September 1971 – review
Variety 26 April 1972 – credits, review

Books
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror p.268 – credits, review
For One Week Only pp.168-169 – review
The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon by Tom Weaver pp.158-173 – illustrated credits, synopsis, interview with Richard Gordon
The Psychotronic Video Guide p.332 – review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.201 – credits
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.378-380 – illustrated review (by Ian Taylor)
X-cert 2: The British Independent Horror Film: 1971-1983 by John Hamilton pp.31-36; 275 – illustrated review; credits

Other Sources
Darkfest III Official Programme p.5 – illustrated listing