Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Island Of The Fishmen (1979) aka L'Isola Degli Uomini Pesce aka Island Of Fishmen aka Island Of Mutations aka Screamers aka Something Waits In The

3 / 5
Tagline: Killers from the deep guard the forbidden treasures on...Island Of Fishmen
Directed by: Sergio Martino
Written by: Sergio Donati, Cesare Frugoni
Actors include: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Richard Johnson
Genre: Horror, Action, Sci-Fi
Length: 93 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Italy

This one is the sleazy Italian take on "Creature From The Black Lagoon". Right away I expect you are either ready to turn away from this or are immensely interested...I was definitely the second of the two options. The film itself is well a big rip-off, but it's so silly and strange that it's hard to resist. The story here is that a Scientist and his Daughter and a Landowner and they don't take kindly to trespassers! The scientist is being made to create a race of fishmen for the landowner and the reasoning is bizarre. See they want to get at some treasure deep underwater, so instead of making some fancy scuba-gear, they've created a new and dangerous species! The fishmen themselves are rubber masked people with little effort put into it and scares are basically nil. Still I was pretty entertained from start to finish and it was nicely shot! Not a classic but a curiosity for those who dare!

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