Watch at Home 04.10.2012

King of Devil's Island

Directed by Marius Holst
Film Movement
115 Minutes
Coming of Age, Thriller, Action, Drama, Horror
Not Rated

This true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway, begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer. He immediately clashes with the island facility's governor (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Refusing to accept the constant abuse, Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift up their spirits. When tragedy finally falls at the hand of the sadistic dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Marius Holst
  • Starring: Stellan Skarsgård
  • Starring: Benjamin Helstad
  • Starring: Trond Nilssen

Where to Watch




  • "Haunting! Skarsgård is excellent as always and moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure."
    Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
  • "Excellent! Marius Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to his sturdy acting, direction and cinematography."
    V.A. Musetto, New York Post
  • "Conceptually ambitious...[KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND] evokes a blood-chilling climate of eternal winter."
    Stephen Holden, The New York Times