Creature From the Black Lagoon

     Creature From the Black Lagoon – Probably one of the best movies and the most forgotten of the great, classic movie monsters in history.  But, see a picture or say the name, and he instantly comes back to mind.  If you haven’t seen this movie, then you’ve got to see this one to appreciate one the greats.  In 1954, Jack Arnold, who gave us the great movie Tarantula, unleashes a new beast on us…the amphibious missing link…”Gill Man”.  While it is a product of it’s time, it holds up very well and I still enjoy this movie to this day.  Creature of the Black Lagoon was originally filmed in 3-D, which was all the rage in the 50’s, but the dvd comes with the standard format.  One of the best parts about this movie is that the humans are actually the instigators to the horror rather than being the victims to a rogue monster.

The plot is that a group of scientists are tipped to fossil findings from the Devonian period of land and sea animals with webbed fingers.  They board the steamboat “Rita” and head down the Amazon to where these fossils were found, but nothing substantial is found.  Captain Lucas suggest they may have been dumped into the “Black Lagoon” down river, a paradise that no one returns from.  They proceed to the site.  2 of the scientists dive for fossils at the bottom and Gill-Man is now watching the invaders of his home.  Kay, played by the beautiful Julie Adams, goes swimming and Gill-Man is quite “interested” with the shape of this one.  However, in his stalking of Kay, he gets caught in one of the drag nets revealing himself.  After several encounters, Gill-Man is finally captured.  However, Gill-Man escapes the cage and is driven off by the crew.  Now, they decide they need to leave, but Gill-Man has blocked the way.  Can’t let a woman like Julie Adams get away.  The creature abducts Kay and tries to get back to his lair, but the crew is in hot pursuit.  They catch up with him and shoot him numerous times before he retreats to the lagoon.

While it is a “horror” film, it is not overly frightening and actually has very romantic and sexual overtones for its time.  In the scene to the right while Kay is swimming, the monster mimics her movements in the water in clear infatuation with the beautiful intruder.  The water scenes are excellently shot to show the interaction of Gill-Man and his love interest.  Now, he must have her leading to the final climax of the movie.

Rated 85% at Rotten Tomatoes and 4.5 stars at Amazon.com, this is still an excellent movie.  Being from the 50’s, it’s pretty tame for a horror film, but the story and acting are good and the water scenes are excellent.  Finally, Gill-Man is still one of the classic monsters in the same realm of Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman.  So, if you enjoy the classic monsters, this is a must-see movie.

** Just click the image to see “Creature From the Black Lagoon” at Amazon.com. **

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