Mick Garris on

Tanya’s Island

Released 1980
Distributor International Film Exchange

New Jersey native Alfred Sole caught some critics’ eyes with his creepily Hitchcock-influenced but poorly distributed Alice Sweet Alice (a.k.a. Communion), and soon gave up directing for a more productive career as a production designer. His penultimate directorial effort was Tanya’s Island, an even more obscure and bizarre pseudo-sexploitation fantasy starring sexy model Vanity (billed as DD Winters), marooned on an imaginary tropical island with an amorous ape man played by Don McLeod, best known as Elizabeth Brooks’ feral brother in The Howling. NSFW!

Here’s Mick Garris on Alice Sweet Alice. And here’s Josh Olson on The Howling.

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About Mick Garris

Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing