“They’re men turned inside out! And worse… they’re still alive!” Wow! Yeah, that might be worse. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they unsuccessfully search for the men turned inside out, living or dead, in Sergio Martini’s Screamers(1981).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 180 – Screamers (1981)
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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.IMDb
- Director: Sergio Martino
- Writers: (screenplay by) Sergio Donati, Cesare Frugoni, Sergio Martino; (story by) Cesare Frugoni, Luciano Martino
- Special Effects by: Massimo Antonello Geleng, fishmen designer (as M.A. Geleng)
- Makeup Department: Chris Walas, special makeup effects: additional sequences, US version
- Claudio Cassinelli as Lieutenant Claude de Ross
- Barbara Bach as Amanda Marvin
- Richard Johnson as Edmond Rackham
- Joseph Cotten as Professor Ernest Marvin
- Beryl Cunningham as Shakira
- Franco Javarone as José
- Roberto Posse as Peter
- Giuseppe Castellano as Skip
- Franco Mazzieri as François
- Eunice Bolt as Samantha (US version)
- Tom J. Delaney as Patterson (US version)
- Mel Ferrer as Radcliffe (US version)
- Cameron Mitchell as Decker (US version)
Screamers (aka The Island of the Fishmen, aka L’isola degli uomini pesce, aka Something Waits in the Dark) is Bill’s pick and he is surprised by how much he likes it. He describes it as a Jules Verne/Edgar Rice Burroughs, old-fashioned adventure with some wildly inappropriate gore tacked onto the beginning. Chad’s also a sucker for adventure-type stories and likens Screamers to Doc Savage with monsters or maybe Dr. Moreau meets the Creature. Either way, he calls it a fun watch. Screamers had Crystal at “fog machines,” but she is also impressed with the sets. Like Bill, she likes it a lot more than she thought she would. Jeff favors the original, Italian version but loves the effects in the footage shot for the U.S. release. And the Fishmen are way cool, so say they all.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Warlock (1989) with Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. And Julian Sands is almost on par with a good fog machine. You won’t want to miss that one!
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