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creature from the black lagoon
- kevin sellers
Like Terence Mallick's "Tree Of Life" (another great monster flic) this film goes from prehistoric times to the 20th century in its attempt to answer the Big Questions: Can alien life exist on Earth? Can good coexist with evil? Will Julia Adams show meaningful cleavage? A true masterpiece of 50s popular cinema, right up there with "Rebel," and "Body Snatchers," this is required viewing for any halfway serious movie fan. Especially good are the underwater sequences directed by James Curtis Havens and everything connected with the creature, from the makeup by Bud Westmore and a (shamefully) uncredited Millicent Patrick to the tortured and enigmatic eyes behind the scales (gives a whole new meaning to "the scales have fallen from my eyes") courtesy of actor Ben Chapman. An A all the way. P.S. I certainly agree with the Jeffster that Julia Adams was one hot brunette. Not sure that she was hotter than the young Hepburn, though. That slinky hauteur in "Holiday" and "Phil. Story" still stirs the old blood.
Julia Adams creams Katharine Hepburn
- Jeff Boston
"Gill Man" still scares pre-tweens (two out of two) and impresses discerning adults almost 60 years after America first saw its crazy fish eyes and super-sized hands. Much like Frankenstein's Monster ('31) and King Kong ('33) a generation before, the Creature knows what it likes - a young, attractive woman! However, the Creature is different for it is not merely longing for love and deaing with being misunderstood - it's evil (the tent scene was unexpected). This horror flick influenced many later films, but it seemingly stole or was paying homage itself: the expedition's boat, the skipper's clothes, and even the skipper himself reminded me of "The African Queen."
Underwater Golden Boy(1954)
Jack Arnold clearly has the handle on Creature Features as in this exquisite tale of a Lost Amazonian Sub-Culture that makes an astonishing comeback! Newly found petrified paleolithic limbs in the Amazon lead researchers to try and uncover their mysterious origins. Enter Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning ,Whit Bissel, and Nestor Paiva who embark to find the secret of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Wonderfully Directed, Arnold quickly takes us into the jungle river and creates a truly atmospheric, if not indigenously correct(howler monkeys) where the quest for life takes place, who will survive ? Ricou Browning underwater and Ben Chapman on land help create the Creature with Great Effect ! 5 stars out of 5 ! Great Science Fiction !
The True Hollywood Movie Monster
- Spazz McRipper
What can be said about this movie that hasn't been said before? I am a big fan of horror and monster movies. And if I had to say what my favorite monster movie is I would say it would be a tie between Jaws and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. This movie scared me as a kid. The first time I seen the creature it self was when he first popped out of the water in the dark and the spot light is shinned on him. Now many people can see this a sci-fi film but I see the true horror elements in the film. And those elements are the fear of the unknown. The main thing is that they are things out there that we still don't know about and are not from another planet but on our own planet. Also what is very scary is the fact that the creature itself could have it further evolved, it could have become us. It is frighting to know that this monster could be a close relative of ours. Maybe even more then apes. This film has some of the best shoots of any underwater film I have ever scene and the performances are great. I don't even think I have to comment on the great work of the two men who played the creature and of Miss Julia Adams who seduced are hearts in that white swim suit. Further more I would watch this film over and over again. It is just that wonderful and it's magic will survive for years to come just like the Creature itself.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
- Dashiell Barnes
The last great 'Universal Monster' film. A group of scientist try to hunt down the title character after it becomes sexually attracted to the sole female scientist. With outstanding underwater photography & a message about conservation, this film is unfortunately one of the many, repetitive B-movie creatures from the '50's. Decent entertainment nonetheless. I give it a 3.5/5.
Classic Horror Film
- Dan Griissom
This movie is a classic. The story is original for its time and the Creature itself is iconic. Great acting and great story-telling by Director Jack Arnold. If you haven't seen this movie take the time to...it's four stars!
So the rubber suit zips up the back. So what?
Classic. Iconic. This movie is all that and more. The set-up is great, that remote river where anything could happen. Added to that is one of the finest damsels-in-distress ever. Plus, that great monster suit that works just as well on land as it does in the water, maybe even better because you can see the great detail on it. The sustained fright factor from something unknown that can come from UNDRENEATH you really propels this movie, to the point that you forget what a low-budget flick it probably really was. The rubber suit is really the star and I'm sure it's recognized world-wide to this day. If the suit had been less, the movie would have been less, like with "The Giant Claw", where they patched a really bogus flying monster into what was a pretty good movie. It made the whole movie a joke, but The Creature is no joke. It's the gold standard for this kind of strange-creature-coming-at-you-from-nowhere scary monster movie. Add to that Marilyn Monroe's skirt blowing up in front of a theater where this movie was showing, and the iconography is complete. One for the ages.
A Classic 50's Monster Movie
Even if you don't like old B&W movies, this film should still be (must see). The underwater scenes are shot in amazingly clear water, the lizard like monster actually climbs out of the water pursuing his bathing beauty quest. The fear factor is present through out. After watching this movie this for a while, most men will appreciate why "The Creature" is so focused on chasing after Julie Adams!
Wakulla Springs, Fla. - where it was filmed.
- Judy Johnson
Everyone who loves this movie should stay at the Wakulla Springs Hotel - they show the Creature from the Black Lagoon every night in the lobby - it was filmed there. The hotel is fantastic - right out of the 1920's. Huge fireplace in the lobby - old time elevator with the iron door and the closets are the biggest I've ever seen, the bathrooms are all marble - really a sight to see. The springs and boat tour take you through the area where the film was made - still looks the same. The film is "camp" personified - love it.