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 delivered this exploitationer solution to the overcrowded jail problem."
—Nathaniel Thompson, MONDO DIGITAL

A cult movie slayer from acclaimed filmmaker Stephanie Rothman (THE VELVET VAMPIRE), TERMINAL ISLAND blends violent action with commentary on the American justice system. Carmen Simms has just been sentenced to life imprisonment on Terminal Island—an island created to house vicious criminals in the wake of prison overcrowding. With no guards, no cells, and no laws, Terminal Island has morphed into a defacto society with the tyrannical Bobby ruling over all. As tension and violence mounts, Carmen finds her place as the unlikely leader of the island’s underground resistance, which is planning to overthrow Bobby’s reign of terror. Starring Phyllis Davis (SWEET SUGAR) and Emmy winner Tom Selleck (MAGNUM, P.I.) in one of his earliest roles, TERMINAL ISLAND has been newly restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative.

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  • 88 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • 4K DCP