Directed by: Sergio Martino
Actors: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Richard Johnson, Beryl Cunningham
Language: Italian | English
Also known as: L’isola degli uomini pesce, Island of Fishmen, La isla del volcán perdido, Something Waits in the Dark
Description: A group of prisoners and a doctor wash ashore on a seemingly deserted island where aquatic creatures threaten their existence on this mysterious island.
SCREAMERS was made by the Italians in 1978 as L’ISOLA DEGLI UOMINI PESCI and was released breifly in the United States in an English dubbed uncut format as THE ISLAND OF THE FISH MEN. The American distributor United Pictures Organization bought the rights to THE ISLAMD OF THE FISH MEN and decided to release the film for full distribution in the United States. However, a new beginning sequence was shot featuring Mel Ferrer and Cameron Mitchell by director Miller Drake and also contained new effects scenes shot by Chris Walas. United Pictures Organization then went into co-production with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and Roger agreed to release the film. But their were some changes that had to be made. Corman had some extra music added in, cut down the 100 minute running time down, added a different English language dub, and changed the title to SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK so he can advertise it as a slasher film even though it does not belong in that genre. Well, the film bombed badly in 1980. So Corman has Jim Wynorski come up with a way to re-release the film. Wynorski retitles the film as SCREAMERS, shoots a trailer that shows a scene of a man being turned inside out while giving the tagline “Warning! In this film you will actually see a man turned inside-out!” When SCREAMERS was released it made some money, but when the theatre patrons did not see any person turning inside-out riots began at the theatres. So the film prints were taken back to New World Pictures and had the inside-out scene tacked on. But it does not appear on the video version because the inside-out sequence was not part of the original negative.
The picture will please some very interesting plot twists and good costumes and makeup. The effects are good not only for its time, but even now, for fans of pictures, do not use computer graphics, and all the special effects are and are handmade. This film interesting. It’s not bad wave computer monitor lizards and snakes, as ridiculous “Anaconda 3” and “Boa vs. Cobra”, he delivered with soul and pleases with its atmosphere, monsters and good acting.
From the outset, the chamber is closely monitoring the faces floating in the boat of the team, demonstrating quite striking and expressive appearance of each character. However disaster soon leaves far not all, and here it would seem we want to present a standard “rousonovskiy” story about survival on the island, but the dynamics does not allow to miss. The film to slip in one breath, and team members are sharply reduced in the eyes, already substituted with new, the inhabitants of the island, which in turn play a much more key role in the denouement of the story.
The actors play quite naturally, dialogues and images spelled out very clearly and accurately, why the dip in the picture is reached fairly quickly. The cinematography is quite smooth, without unnecessary confusion, however, she is not without drawbacks. Not enough camera dynamics, and at the same time, there are no beautiful panorama of landscapes. Slow motion frame does not deliver that pleasure which arises, for example, by browsing “Bloody Bay”. The directing was also very good, competent staging scenes, excellent presentation visuals the viewer, a series of frames and well-chosen angles and perspectives filming.
The film SCREAMERS mixes very well in himself and mysticism and science fiction, dipping it all deep in the horror genre and scaring the viewer in a variety of ways and by a variety of techniques. The movie was not too bad. However, it is quite interesting and dynamic, which sometimes is lacking many of the tapes. Besides adorned with strong and powerful music that supports a tape, the picture becomes even more worthy of viewing, and needs many people to like it.