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(1979)

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Future director, then head of publicity and marketing, Jim Wynorski, is the one who came up with the title change and tagline, and did additional filming, in order for this to be known as "Screamers" in the United States.
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A sequel directed by the same director Sergio Martino was made and released about sixteen years later and entitled La regina degli uomini pesce (1995) ["The Fishmen and Their Queen"].
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Actors Mel Ferrer, Jim Alquist, Eunice Bolt, Tom J. Delaney and Cameron Mitchell only appear in the American (US) version of the movie.
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For the American version B-movie producer Roger Corman had additional footage shot for the opening which runs for around just under twelve minutes with the total amount used for the New World Pictures US version totaling to around fifteen minutes.
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The movie has often been likened to a cross between H.G. Wells The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) and the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
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Second part of director Sergio Martino's "Adventure Trilogy" with the first being La montagna del dio cannibale (1978) ("Mountain of the Cannibal God") and the third Alligator (1979) ("Big Alligator River").
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The movie has had numerous titles for its English language releases which include "Screamers", "The Fish Men", "Island of Mutations", "Island of the Fishmen", "Something Waits in the Dark", and "The Island of the Fishmen".
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The movie is set in 1891 five years before H.G. Wells' novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau" had been first published in 1896 - a story which this movie has been likened to.
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Cast members Barbara Bach, Richard Johnson and Claudio Cassinelli all returned to star in this film's director Sergio Martino's Alligator (1979) ("Big Alligator River").
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Barbara Bach was first top-billed in the lead female role in this movie which features the mythological underwater city of "Atlantis". Bach had recently appeared in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) which featured a villain's underwater lair also called "Atlantis". Even her character names were similar, Amasova in the Bond film, and Amanda in this movie.
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The name of the famous underwater mythological city featured in the movie was "Atlantis".
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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).
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