Island of the Fishmen (1978)

ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN is one of three films belonging to director Sergio Martino's Adventure trilogy, which also includes BIG ALLIGATOR RIVER and gore shocker MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD. In it, a prison boat capsizes on an uncharted island, where the surviving shipmates fall prey to a species of mutated fishmen with a taste for blood! They soon discover that they are not alone, and that there is more to fear in the secretive doctor working on the island. Much of the action and horror has ultimately been reduced in place of the wordy dialogue in this specific cut of the film, but between the island's many booby traps, pitfalls, and amphibious terrors, the pacing maintains a steady flow. ISLAND'S full-bodied creature designs and miniatures are considerably well-made for the budget, recalling Roger Corman's HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP that would follow two years later. Where the film finds the most fault is in its familiar Z-movie plotting, bland writing, and stock characters. Falling somewhere between Martino's other two Adventure films, ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN is a mildly entertaining creature-feature that is sure to appeal to Italian film buffs.

Rating: 6/10.
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  1. Hey Carl, if you can track down the 1995 sequel, you'll really impress me. Of course, I'll also be so jealous that I have to kill you to...

    On the film itself, I agree with you. I honestly lost interest around the halfway mark (Bardot's presence aside), but they really pulled me back for the ending. With a little tightening in the middle, the film would make for a great recommendation. As it is, it's for genre fans only.

  2. im really interested in seeing the SCREAMERS cut with the additional gore and shortened exposition, I would double dip if it became available

  3. If you still have a VCR, Carl, you can get a copy of the Embassy tape here for $2.00

  4. My VCR went out RIGHT when I got a copy of GODZILLA 1985 on VHS, so I have to grab another one first but then Im all in on that action