Stephanie Rothman, USA, 1973, Vinegar Syndrome, Cult

“Way before ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and BATTLE ROYALE did the "fight to the death on a futuristic island" routine, Corman veteran Stephanie Rothman (the first female drive-in director) delivered this exploitationer solution to the overcrowded jail problem: round up all the worst felons, toss 'em on a boat, and abandon everyone on a desolate island where they'll hopefully kill each other off. While no one's gotten desperate enough to implement this plan in reality, TERMINAL ISLAND's concept was catchy enough to inspire several generations of more prominent exploitation films.

Among the island’s residents are a mercy-killing doctor (Tom Selleck!) with a talent for smoking herbs, a sultry brunette played by Susan Davis (aka Aunt Susan from BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS), and a bank blower-upper played by LOST IN SPACE's Kristen, all grown up. Accompanied by a drawling country theme, we meet our newest arrival: Carmen (Ena Hartman, AIRPORT), a tough cookie who doesn't take to becoming another sexual submissive for the island's men under the control of unofficial leader Bobby (Sean Kenney, THE CORPSE GRINDERS). Soon the island's splitting into two factions, and all-out war breaks out with only the victors surviving to see a new day…” (Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital)

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  • 88 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP