Italy: Dania Film, Circa 1978. Draft script for the 1979 Italian film, "L'isola degli uomini pesce" (Island of the Fishmen), here under the working title, "Volcano Island". Rereleased in America in 1980 as "Something Waits in the Dark," and again in 1981 as "Screamers," by Roger Corman's New World Pictures, and in 2009 under its directly translated title "Island of the Fishmen" by MYA Communication. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock. Brief notation in holograph ink on one page.
Set in the year 1891, where Claude de Ross (Claudio Casssinelli) has survived two shipwrecks and washed ashore an uncharted Caribbean island, along with some convicts. One by one the convicts meet their fate at the fins of mysterious "fishmen," and Claude just may meet his at the hands of a sadistic inhabitant, Edmond (Richard Johnson) and his wife (Bach).
Voodoo, the lost city of Atlantis, and the manuipulation of human genetics all figure in to this exploitation masterpiece. Director Martino would return with a sequel, "Queen of the Fishmen" (1995).
Untitled green wrappers. Title page present, undated. 161 leaves, with last page of text numbered 160. Carbon typescript. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound internally with two gold brads.
MYA Communication 19.