Monday, November 16, 2015

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

Creature From The Black Lagoon Movie Review

While searching for fossils in the Amazon River a group of scientists come across something they could not have anticipated: a prehistoric man-fish creature. The team now make it their mission to capture (or kill) the Gill Man creature--meanwhile, the creature attempts to capture Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams), the female of the group, as he appears to have fallen for her. This 1954 film is an absolute classic, and the Creature (or Gill Man, if you prefer) is considered one of the Universal classic monsters, and for good reason. First, his look...

"Turn off that light!"

During a time when almost all horror/sci fi creatures and monsters looked cheap and ridiculous, the Creature was actually scary looking, and his suit didn't look like it came from the nearest department store. Second, the story itself is interesting, and the suspense is built exceptionally well. The acting is also very good throughout (another rarity at this time in film history). The movie is not without its setbacks, however. The first is this...


Look out below!

A LOT of this film is underwater shots of people swimming--while this adds genuine fear in the case of scenes such as the picture above, when Gill Man is swimming beneath Kay, this, most unfortunately, does not account for much of the underwater scenes--it's usually the doctors swimming...and swimming...and swimming, which, aside from being boring, strips the tension and mood away from the film. The abrupt, ambiguous ending may also turn the viewer off (though it clearly ended as it did to set up possible sequels). These couple minor complaints are certainly not enough to discourage a viewing, however. This was one of my all time favorite movies when I was a child, and I still love it to this day.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8

Creature From The Black Lagoon Movie Trailer

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