Monday, June 26, 2006

Screaming Fishmen

In 1980, moviegoers turned out to see a horror film entitled Screamers with the can't-resist tagline, "Be warned: You will actually see a man turned inside out!" Bullpuckies. When New World realized they couldn't make any money with Sergio Martino's 1979 Barbara Bach/Joseph Cotten monster-fantasy, Island of the Fishmen (L'isola degli uomini pesce), they added some extra horror scenes featuring Mel Ferrer and Cameron Mitchell, then passed it off under its most famous title. The new scenes also featured additional music by Sandy Berman, but surprisingly enough, the original Italian score still made it out onto vinyl from Web Records (ST101), with liner notes by future drive-in filmmaker Jim Wynorski (of Chopping Mall fame). The score itself has an old-fashioned '60s Italian horror vibe courtesy of composer Luciano Michelini, who had already funked out with Gambling City and Secrets of a Call Girl. Despite the flood of Italian score releases on CD, this one has inexcplicably remained vaulted away. Happy listening!

[link removed - soundtrack now officially available]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,thanks! I was considering recording this score from my old LP so I could listen to it again.
I see a good many things here that I'm going to want.
Steve in SF

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Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

You're welcome; hope you enjoy all the music (or at least find it interesting!).

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