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The Camp on Blood Island (1958)

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Camp On Blood Island. UK quad poster. Image courtesy of hammerhorrorposters.com

Camp On Blood Island. UK quad poster. Image c

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Set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II, the film focuses on the brutality and horror that the allied prisoners were exposed to as the Japanese metered out subjugation and punishment to a disgraced and defeated enemy. This harrowing drama concentrates on the deviations of legal and moral definitions when two opposing cultures clash. Although fictional, this was one of the earliest films to deal realistically with life and death in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during the Second War.

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17 February 2010, More Hammer Classics On DVD

Following the success of last year's DVD releases of The Camp On Blood Island, Yesterday's Enemy and The Damned, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have...

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06 Oct 2012, 7:51pm

I recently watched this on the excellent Columbia/Sony DVD, with includes a superb colour booklet, detailing the film's history and featuring many photos. I'd never seen it on TV and tended to stick to the more traditional horror titles, but was surprised at how powerful it was, and Hammer did a good job for the most part of conveying a Japanese prisoner of war camp, bar a few typically English trees in the background. I could see why this was so controversial back in the 50's. I'm sure people didn't want to be reminded of the horrors that prison camp inmates had to endure. I almost didn't recognise Barbara Shelley, who looked very young and still lovely, even without makeup. Highly recommended for the film and the excellent booklet. I hope more films are released this way.