Something Waits in the Dark (1980)

USA, Italy,
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

An American/Italian horror film directed by Sergio Martino and Miller Drake. It is a re-edit of the Italian fantasy film L'isola degli uomini pesce (1979) with additional scenes shot in the States. This entry only records the additional crew for the new version – see the original film for more credits. When this version of the film was re-released it was re-titled Screamers and a new trailer was made featuring a newly-shot gore scene which initially didn't feature in the film itself. The scene was subsequently inserted into theatrical prints.

Plot Summary

A group of prisoners and guards survive the sinking of their prison ship in the Caribbean and are washed ashore on what seems to be a deserted island. But they soon run into a Nemo-like nobleman and his young wife who are trying to raise the treasures of with the help of the South pacific islanders they've mutated into scaly .


Additional Scenes Directed by: Miller Drake
© 1980 Limited Productions Organization
Executive Producer: Roger Corman *
Additional Scenes Written by: Miller Drake
Additional Sequences Director of Photography: Gary Graver
Associate Editors: Giuseppe Dantini [real name: Joe Dante], Miller Drake
Additional Music by: Sandy Berman
Additional Sequences Location Sound Mixer: Tony Santa Croce
Additional Sequences Make-up: Pamela Peitzman
Special Make-up Effects by: Chris Walas
Additional Sequences Art Director: Aleka Corwin

Mel Ferrer (Radcliffe)
Eunice Bolt (Samantha)
Cameron Mitchell (Decker)
Tom J. Delaney (Patterson)

Alternative Titles


Includes extracts from
L'isola degli uomini pesce (1979)