Rent Night of the Big Heat (1967)

3.0 of 5 from 68 ratings
1h 31min
Rent Night of the Big Heat (aka Island of the Burning Damned) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A freak heatwave sends the temperature soaring on the remote island of Fara. The locals, including Dr. Vernon Stone (Peter Cushing) and novelist Jeffrey Callum (Patrick Allen), are left dazed by the rising temperature. When Callum is reunited with his former mistress Angela Roberts (Jane Merrow), the atmosphere becomes even more tense. It falls to Godfrey Hanson (Christopher Lee), another visitor to the island, to solve the mystery. The unbearable temperature is the result of a heat ray directed towards the island by creatures from another planet. As the spearhead of their invasion force materialises, the surviving humans are left at the mercy of the unstoppable aliens...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Tom Blakeley
Writers:
Ronald Liles, John Lymington, Pip Baker, Jane Baker
Aka:
Island of the Burning Damned
Studio:
DD Home Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/03/2004
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with star Christopher Lee, Screenwriters Pip and Jane Baker and Film Historian Marcus Hearn
  • Hammer Horror Trailers: The Abominable Snowman, Quatermass and the Pit, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
  • Photo Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/07/2014
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Interview and Profile of Sir Christopher Lee
  • Audio Commentary
  • Photo Gallery

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Reviews (1) of Night of the Big Heat

Perspiration-infused genteel horror - Night of the Big Heat review by NP

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21/08/2020

The teaming of Christopher Lee (Hanson), Peter Cushing (Callum) and Terence Fisher (Director) often means great things. Praised and in some cases worshipped for his work on Hammer’s early Dracula and Frankenstein films, Fisher’s magic wasn’t all-reaching – in my view, subsequent Werewolf and Mummy films were a little dull. So too, were Fisher’s occasional exercises in sci-fi.

Night of the Big Heat reminds me of the previous year’s Island of Terror – both feature an isolated community filled with stoical British folk fighting some mostly unseen alien horror. The former film, however, didn’t boast the talents of Jane Merrow. Despite sterling performances from the cast, it is Merrow’s sultry, slutty, manipulative Angela Roberts steals the show. So rushed is the ending that she is robbed of any kind of closure, which is one of the disappointments this production has to offer.

That this is a low budget affair is not an obstacle – the effects are crude but charming, and very brief. Planet Films were a short-lived company who often managed to attract big names, despite distributing more films than they produced. The fact is, it is very talky. Very talky indeed, despite the urgency the cast injects. Patrick Allen gruffly plays the flawed hero, Sarah Lawson as his loyal wife Frankie, very often undermined by the cocky Roberts. In fact, this love triangle is more interesting than the central plot, which sees the reliable Cushing relegated to a secondary role and Lee doing his usual grumpy academic. William Lucas, Kenneth Cope and a miss-spelled Percy Herbert also star.

Additional dialogue is provided by prolific Pip and Jane Baker, who went on to oversee the departure of Colin Baker and subsequent arrival of Sylvester McCoy in late Eighties Doctor Who.

My score is 6 out of 10.

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