Firstly, a massive thank you to our Patreon supporters. Your generosity touches me deeply. These supporters have become the single biggest contributing factor to the survival of DVDBeaver. Your assistance has become essential.

 

What do Patrons receive, that you don't?

 

1) Our weekly Newsletter sent to your Inbox every Monday morning!
2)
Patron-only Silent Auctions - so far over 30 Out-of-Print titles have moved to deserved, appreciative, hands!
3) Access to over 20,000 unpublished screen captures in lossless high-resolution format!

 

Please consider keeping us in existence with a couple of dollars or more each month (your pocket change!) so we can continue to do our best in giving you timely, thorough reviews, calendar updates and detailed comparisons. Thank you very much.


 

Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Horror on Snape Island" or "Beyond the Fog")

 

Directed by Jim O'Connolly
UK / USA 1972

 

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 (Theater 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!

***

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.

Posters

Theatrical Release: May 19th, 1972

Reviews                                                                                                       More Reviews                                                                                       DVD Reviews

 

Comparison:

Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:13.324         1:30:00.958  1:30:11.406 
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,876,740,669 bytes

Feature: 15,757,357,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,953,084,949 bytes

Feature: 16,627,568,640 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,508,400,525 bytes

Feature: 28,445,810,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Scorpion Ent. Blu-ray:

Bitrate Odeon Ent. Blu-ray:

Bitrate Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray:

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

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1768 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -27dB

Subtitles None None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Scorpion Entertainment

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,876,740,669 bytes

Feature: 15,757,357,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

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)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 6th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Odeon

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,953,084,949 bytes

Feature: 16,627,568,640 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

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)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 2nd, 2015
Standard Blu-ray Case Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Scorpion Releasing

 

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 40,508,400,525 bytes

Feature: 28,445,810,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary with Producer Richard Gordon, Moderated by Film Historian Tom Weaver
Interviews with Actress Seretta Wilson (12:21),

Composer Kenneth V. Jones (13:10)

Editor Henry Richardson (13:30)
Watch in Katarina's Nightmare Theater Mode with our Hostess Katarina Leigh Waters (4:05)
Theatrical Trailer (1:49)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 16th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray (February 2021): Scorpion Releasing have taken a second kick at the 1080P can of Jim O'Connolly's Tower of Evil. Their 2021 Blu-ray is described as being from "2018 HD Master from the Original Inter-Positive". Back in 2013 their single-layered Blu-ray was comparable to the 2015 UK Odeon transfer. Both had similar a/v with modest bitrates. This 'new' Scorpion Releasing appears to be the same package (minus the limited, out-of-print, slipcase) released in 2018. We can see by the comparisons, it's a heft increase in the film's black levels and contrast with all colors becoming more prominent and richer (notably blood!.) It is now on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate approaching double that of the previous HD transfers. It is now in the opened-up 1.78 aspect ratio. Perhaps a shade blue at times, this is a massive upgrade in the film's extensive visual appeal from flashes or gore to intense close-ups.  

NOTE: We have added 53 more large resolution Blu-ray captures (in lossless PNG format) for DVDBeaver Patrons HERE

On their Blu-ray, Scorpion Releasing use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It, likewise technically advances from both previous BDs 16-bit audio renderings. There are plenty of screams and effects here plus a dramatic score by Kenneth V. Jones (The Projected Man, Psyche 59, Ten Seconds to Hell, Tower of Evil, Tomb of Legeia, Maroc 7, The Horse's Mouth) sounding a bit deeper and more ominous. Scorpion Releasing offer optional English subtitles - another advancement on the other 2 BDs - on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray has the same well-paced audio commentary with producer Richard Gordon and host Tom Weaver as found on the UK Odeon Blu-ray edition. There is also an interview with actress Seretta Wilson ('Mae' from Tower of Evil) recalling the production. There are 1/4 interviews with composer Kenneth V. Jones and editor Henry Richardson plus the forgettable 5-minute stint of Katrina's Nightmare Theater. Lastly, is a trailer and there is a reversible cover (see below.)

I've always appreciated the 70's milieu, fashion and art direction of Tower of Evil. Who doesn't like 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'.  Very appealing with Hammer-esque overtones modeled by the British studio atmosphere. I found the wonky effects (Lighthouse model, head rolling down the stairs, quick cuts of gore etc.) kind of nostalgic. The kitsch-level is quite evident but I am sold via the plot, genre and era appeal. The Scorpion 2021 Blu-ray is the way to go for this flawed, but desirable horror gem. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Subtitle Sample Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


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

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

3) Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

More full resolution (1920 X 1080) Blu-ray Captures for DVDBeaver Patreon Supporters HERE

 

 

 
Box Cover

  

Bonus Captures:

Distribution Scorpion Entertainment - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Scorpion Releasing - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

 

Hit Counter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

 CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!