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Screamers (1979)

L'isola degli uomini pesce (original title)
Aquatic creatures threaten the existence of a mysterious island.


Sergio Martino


Cesare Frugoni (story), Luciano Martino (story) | 3 more credits »




Credited cast:
Barbara Bach ... Amanda Marvin
Claudio Cassinelli ... Lt. Claude de Ross
Richard Johnson ... Edmond Rackham
Beryl Cunningham ... Shakira
Joseph Cotten ... Prof. Ernest Marvin
Franco Javarone Franco Javarone ... José (as Franco Iavarone)
Roberto Posse Roberto Posse ... Peter
Giuseppe Castellano ... Skip
Franco Mazzieri Franco Mazzieri ... François (as Francesco Mazzieri)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Alquist Jim Alquist ... James (US version) (as James Alquist)
Eunice Bolt Eunice Bolt ... Samantha (US version)
Tom J. Delaney Tom J. Delaney ... Patterson (US version)
Mel Ferrer ... Radcliffe (US version)
Cameron Mitchell ... Decker (US version)


After their prison ship sinks in the Caribbean, a group of prisoners and a doctor wash ashore on a seemingly deserted island. They soon discover a strange couple, who invite them to stay at their house. While the prisoners try to plan an escape, the doctor does some investigating, and soon finds out just what the pair are really doing, and why the prisoners keep disappearing mysteriously. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Killers from the deep guard the forbidden treasures on . . . Island of Fishmen See more »


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One of a cycle of 1980s and mid-late 1970s movies that got made after the box-office success of Jaws (1975). The films include that movie's three sequels, Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3-D (1983), and Jaws: The Revenge (1987), as well as Orca (1977), Piranha (1978), Tentacles (1977), Killer Fish (1979), Barracuda (1978), Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977), Blood Beach (1980), Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), The Last Shark (1981), Up from the Depths (1979), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Screamers (1979), Devil Fish (1984) and Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976). See more »


The drawing of David Bushnell's 1775 submarine "Turtle" on the wall of the Professor's room is hung upside down. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German TV version removes around 10 minutes of footage after the boat is sank by the fishmen. This robs the film of its introduction to the main characters, and now begins with a fishman killing one of the boat's crew (in the complete version he's looking for food to help the other survivors). The German print is also missing the following scene where the other members of the crew find his body, in order to belatedly introduce them in the scene after. See more »


Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Barbara Bach has never been more beautiful!
28 January 2000 | by geinSee all my reviews

Screamers is an Italian fantasy film (L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce) bought by Roger Corman and released through his New World Pictures. Of course Corman has to carve his initials on it by having one of his lackeys (Dan T. Miller) direct some additional gore footage before he has it released in the states.

L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce is a very entertaining retelling of the Island of Dr. Moreau. It is 1891 and Claudio Cassinelli is shipwrecked on a mysterious island with a few newly escaped convicts. Claudio comes across the stellar Barbara Bach and Richard Johnson. Johnson plays the dastardly Edmund Rackham: a man who is able to manipulate scientist Joseph Cotton into turning the local native population into amphibious deep-sea diving creatures, (they look like a cross between the Black Lagoon creature and one of The Humanoids From the Deep), by convincing Cotton that the mutations are being created for the highest of scientific and humanitarian motives.

Having discovered the lost city of Atlantis, Rackham is using the amphibious creatures to loot its treasures. Sexy Barbara Bach plays Cotton's daughter who has a psychic link with these mutations. In one memorable scene, Bach takes a midnight swim with these mutants wearing only a thin white cotton dress that leaves little to the imagination. Claudio discovers one of the convicts he has befriended has been turned into a gill-creature and then all Hell breaks loose.

Filmed at the same time and in the same location as Zombi 2, Richard Johnson didn't even have to change suits between films. The house where the experiments take place is the same house Johnson uses to conduct experiments in Zombi 2. Talk about economic filmmaking!

The additional footage features a few bloody beheadings, (way to go Roger!), and a laughably bad Cameron Mitchell doing his best pirate imitation. All that's missing is the parrot.

Spanish title: Le Continent Des Hommes Poissons

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26 June 1981 (USA) See more »

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