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Tower of Evil aka Horror on Snape Island [Blu-ray]


(Jim O'Connolly, 1972)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Grenadier Films

Video: Scorpion Entertainment / Odeon Entertainment



Region: 'A' / Region 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:30:13.324 / 1:30:00.958

Disc Size: 22,876,740,669 bytes / 24,953,084,949 bytes

Feature Size: 15,757,357,056 bytes / 16,627,568,640 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps / 19.99 Mbps

Chapters: 8 / 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Black Blu-ray case

Release date: August 6th, 2013 / November 2nd, 2015


Video (both):

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps / 24 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 2039 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2039 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit


Subtitles (both):




Katrina's Nightmare Theater (4:44)

Interview with Horror Historian David Del Valle (13:14)

• Original trailers (2:15)

• Also Available from Scorpion (4:28)


• Audio Commentary with Richard Gordon and Tom Weaver

Inside the Tower - Jonathan Rigby discusses Tower of Evil (24:56)

• Gallery Images (courtesy of Stephen Jones) (1:36)

• Screaming Your Head Off - Seretta Wilson talks about Tower of Evil (11:51)

• Trailer - Horror of Snape Island (1:52)

• Horror Trailers (9:29)




1) Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


Description: From horror producer Richard Gordon (Inseminoid, First Man into Space, Fiend Without a Face, Horror Hospital) comes one of the most brutal and mysterious stories ever to be released on Blu-ray. Tower of Evil is a haunting tale set in & around a deserted lighthouse on fog-shrouded Snape Island.

The terror begins when a nude, crazed woman slaughters a sailor who visits the island. When she is taken back to civilization and an ancient relic is discovered, an expedition is mounted to solve the mystery of the island which leads to a series of psycho-sexual murders. Starring Jill Haworth (It!), Bryant Haliday (Devil Doll), Dennis Price (Theather of Blood), George Coulouris (Blood from the Mummy's Tomb) and Candice Glendenning (Satan's Slave) now witness the horror from a brand new HD master!



The Film:

This gory low-budget British outing involves a team of archaeologists landing on fog-shrouded Snape Island -- recently the site of a hideous double murder -- in search of the tomb of a Phoenician chief and subsequently falling victim to an unseen maniac. Accompanying the shore party is a private detective (Bryant Halliday), hired by the family of the young woman suspected of the crimes (Candace Glendenning), who is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious murders. Though it is eventually determined that the real killer is still at large, the archaeologists stubbornly refuse to abort their dig...and summarily suffer the consequences. Released originally in 1972, this crass, exploitative potboiler (based on a story by horror author George Baxt) found its way to American theaters in 1981 as Beyond the Fog in an attempt to cash in on John Carpenter's 1980 film. Released later to video and cable as Tower of Evil.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Tower Of Evil (or Terror On Snape Island) doesn't have the most auspicious of starts, as we are treated to a shot of an obvious model lighthouse swathed in dry ice. But things get better very quickly. We then see two fishermen approaching the island in a boat called the Sea Ghost. What are they up to? We ask. Dunno - but dirty deeds seem afoot.

Once there they find a severed human hand, and a naked bloke lying face down in a pool of blood. The signs are not looking good, but neither discovery seems to shock them much. Did they know something was wrong on the island, or are they just crap actors?

Inside the tower, they find a naked woman, also dead, and accidentally knock her already-severed head down the stairs. Oops. In a nearby shed there's poor old Robin Askwith, impaled to the wall with a big spear. And in a cupboard there's a mad naked girl, who wastes no time stabbing the older of the two fishermen to death, before her kill-crazy rampage is brought to an end in the time-honoured British horror movie tradition of being twatted with a big stick.

Excerpt from Chris Wood at British Horror Films located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Tower of Evil looks pretty solid on Blu-ray from Scorpion Entertainment.  It's a relatively modest, single-layered transfer but colors are bright - skin tones a shade warm. It is in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Contrast is reasonable to healthy. There is no noise. There is a bit of texture and depth but detail is strong - notable in the fairly frequent close-ups. This Blu-ray offers a consistent presentation.  I found the 1080P visuals surprisingly adept. This Blu-ray probably looks like the film Tower of Evil and it advances beyond SD in several key areas - notably detail and colors.


Odeon's Region 'B' has a similarly competent 1080P transfer to the Scorpion - same bitrate - colors look compatible. Solid. No complaints.




1) Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



1) Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



1) Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



More Scorpion Entertainment Blu-ray Captures













Audio :

Audio is via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 2039 kbps. Effects and screams etc. have some punch. There is a lot of mood in the film - kept atmospheric by the original score by Kenneth V. Jones (The Horse's Mouth) that adds some nice flavor. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Linear PCM for the Odeon - again, very little difference - perhaps a crisper high-end, but most will find any disparity negligible although the Odeon is 16-bit where the Scorpion is, technically superior, at 24-bit and a bit richer/deeper. No subtitles and the disc is region 'B'-locked.


Extras :

Scorpion add a 5-minute stint of Katrina's Nightmare Theater and a 13-minute interview with Horror Historian David Del Valle. There are two original trailers and some adverts for other Scorpion discs.


Odeon vault ahead with the supplements - starting with an audio commentary with producer Richard Gordon and host Tom Weaver keeping pace by posing questions. Lots on the production end - not particularly riveting but contains some relevant information. I enjoyed the 25-minute Inside the Tower featurette with Jonathan Rigby discussing Tower of Evil. There is a gallery of images (lobby cards etc.) in a slideshow fashion and a 12-minute piece entitled Screaming Your Head Off with actress Seretta Wilson (Mae Harvey in the film) talking about her experiences as a young actress in Tower of Evil. There is a trailer for the alt-title; Horror of Snape Island and about 10-minutes of similar horror film trailers. Good show!


Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray



Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray



The early 70's fashion and art direction in Tower of Evil were very appealing. I was also impressed with the plot - 'a group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they are surprised by a series of mysterious murders' - it has a lot of nostalgia-factor going for it. Certainly there are goofy parts, sometimes wonky effects, but it didn't deter my appreciation. The kitsch is quite strong and for that reason those keen on this - and the genre - may get quite a kick out of Tower of Evil. The Scorpion Blu-ray is quite strong with a minor effort put into the supplements. Recommended!


With very similar a/v (perhaps a slight edge to the Odeon), the UK disc gets the nod with the more complete supplements, including the commentary, plus Rigby and Seretta Wilson video pieces. I continue to like this film - it's on my 'keeper' shelf. The intangibles and Brit atmosphere add value to this reviewer. Great job Odeon - this is the real-deal. Recommended!   

Gary Tooze

July 30th, 2013

October 20th, 2015



About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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