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Movie : King Of Devils Island

A teenage boy is sent to a youth prison on an island in Norway. It’s early 1900’s and it’s winter. It’s not long before he starts to rebel against the abusive system that’s in place. At first his behavior is smothered but as time goes on his relentlessness against the abuse inspires the rest of the boys to rise up against the authorities. Based on a true story.

Another one of those under the radar films that I’m drawn to. Director Murius Holst takes us into this bleak world of incarcerations. He creates the environment that brings a harsh reality to the story. Stellan Skarsgard brings his usual strong work as the man who runs the facility. The cast is strong with some standout performances.

The film is in the same vein as Papillion, Cool Hand Luke, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest with a more somber vibe. But the story is one that grabbed me and took me along for the struggle to escape. You feel the location right in your bones. A terrific film in my books.

So have a watch and see if you can get off the island. I would have done anything to do that.

“You belong here”

34 comments on “Movie : King Of Devils Island

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    January 31, 2021

    This sounds like a winner. You’re definitely a movie buff!

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  2. keepsmealive
    February 1, 2021

    Holy smokes, that trailer is a killer! I hadn’t heard of this film but now I need to see it. I am always onboard for Stellan Skarsgard.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 1, 2021

      Hans the film is a “killer”. The trailer did the job. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Stellan is solid in a very good story and great hidden gem.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 1, 2021

        Thanks for this headsup. I’m gonna see if it’s on Netflix!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 1, 2021

        It’s good Books. Still some great films out there just have to dig.
        (Apologize on the name mix-up. You guys have a the same icon.)

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      • keepsmealive
        February 1, 2021

        I AM an icon! 😉

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  3. hotfox63
    February 1, 2021

    Looks like intense drama in polar cold. When I’m in the mood I will watch it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 1, 2021

      “In the mood” is the thing. When you are I think this story and film with do it’s job. Great piece of filmmaking.

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      • hotfox63
        February 1, 2021

        Thanks for the hint, CB. As I said: I keep „King Of Devils Island“ in my mind. I also like to watch „One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest“ again. A very good and influential film. There is also a movie by Lindsay Anderson who goes in this direction: “If” is about a rebellious riot with a gun battle in an British boarding school in the late 1960s.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 1, 2021

        I just about watched ‘Cuckoos Nest’ on the weekend. Yes ‘If’ was a good one. watched it again a while ago.

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      • hotfox63
        February 2, 2021

        You are really a movie freak, CB!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 2, 2021

        Yup, sometimes

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  4. J.
    February 1, 2021

    This looks really great, CB – not one I was aware of at all!

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  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    February 2, 2021

    Sounds interesting CB…

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  6. BuriedOnMars
    February 2, 2021

    Looks like this one is free to stream on Tubi. Adding to my watchlist!

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  7. Jim S.
    February 3, 2021

    Way under the radar. This is the kind of film Siskel and Ebert would have advised me of back in the day.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 3, 2021

      Under the radars radar. Maybe on the S&E. You kinda get a feel for a persons likes (Film, music, food etc) but you surprised once in a while. Those two were pretty consistent. I forget but I think the hefty guy was more in line with what I liked. I know he was a Russ Meyer fan.
      This film is top notch Doc. I totally fluked out and took a chance. I was rewarded. I dont put “kinda likes” on my takes. CB is all in.

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  8. msjadeli
    February 4, 2021

    Looks like my kind of movie. This one looks like it has something going for it the the others don’t: the winter weather. That gives it an instant dreary atmosphere. Will see if the library has it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 4, 2021

      I think I might have pointed you in this direction before. Well worth the watch T T. I dont know if you like subtitles but I do. Some of these films lose something in the dubbing

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      • msjadeli
        February 4, 2021

        I definitely prefer subtitles to dubbing. Anime is a big one where a lot is lost in dubbing.

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  9. 1dancequeendq
    February 7, 2021

    Another one for my – to watch list.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. badfinger20 (Max)
    February 9, 2021

    Looks really good CB…love the atmosphere of it….that sets a tone.

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