From Scorpion Releasing:
From legendary producer Roger Corman comes the horror classic! It's 1891: Lieutenant Claude de Ross (Claudio Cassinelli), a military doctor, and a few newly escaped convicts are shipwrecked on a mysterious tropical island. They soon come across a strange couple: the sadistic Edmund Rackham (Richard Johnson) and the beautiful Amanda Marvin (Barbara Bach). The doctor finds out that Amanda's father, professor Ernest Marvin (Joseph Cotten), is a mad scientist who is experimenting on horrible human-fish mutations. While Professor Marvin is convinced that he's doing his research for humanitarian motives, Rackham has other plans, since he has discovered an incredible secret lying beneath the island.Now watch this cult classic from a brand new HD Master, from the original inrerpositive!
From the opening sequence where a small group of people is murdered by a monstrous beings on a beach front, you realize that you’ve signed up for schlock. These are not the Fishmen you are looking for! Surely Humanoids from the Deep must be missing more than a few props out of their storage unit. What starts off as a gory mess of a time turns into a B rate, 1950’s style monster picture albeit with all the gratuity of an Italian picture and none of the brevity. Screamers or as I first saw it Island of the Fishmen is a longwinded tale that prides itself on following a winding road to the end, the origin and what you might believe is the end of the line for a scientist who has developed a race of strange man-fishes. What astonishes me is that it only feels long coming in at under 90 minutes.
Scorpion Releasing puts out some damn cool shit, but to see Screamers on their docket still surprises me and in the best way possible. This is a brand new 16 x 9 widescreen 2.35:1 HD Master from the original interpositive. It looks marvelous. I’ve seen Island of the Fishmen on the big screen at the first All Night Italian Splatterfest, and while that was a great experience, it didn’t look nearly as beautiful as this release. The 35mm screening allowed me to appreciate it with an audience, but the Scorpion Releasing edition has provided me a chance to connect with it as a work of art; it’s a chance to see past some of the effects work that didn’t quite live up to the Rob Bottin’s or Sergio Stivalleti’s standard. The disc also contains interviews with Joe Dante, Miller Drake, Jim Wynorski, Roger Corman and Clark Henderson. There is alternative cover art on the reverse under the alternate title Something Waits in the Dark. The disc itself has a beautiful picture featuring our beloved man-fishes.
Do I recommend Screamers to everyone? Hardly, but if you enjoy the Roger Corman monster pictures then this is the perfect extension of that taken to a very Italian place. No one will win an Oscar for effects, but you’ll get to see Cameron Mitchell attempt to fend off a strange create from beyond the depths. This is not the Sergio Martino you are looking for, and this is not my favorite Martino picture. The gore excess is worth your time though it never quite reaches vomit bag levels. For me, the cover always stuck with me. Not the Fishmen or Something Waits cover but the Screamers proper cover; a screaming skeleton covered in muscles painted in red and read to GET YOU! I used to think it would. What you end up is a Creature from the Black Lagoon incest bred lunk with no neck.
You can pick up the Scorpion Releasing edition now.