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Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Jack Arnold (1954)

79min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
It's horribly dated, the acting's lousy, the 3D effects are worthless and the monster is a man in a rubber suit. Yet Creature from the Black Lagoon remains one of the all-time classic monster movies. The by-the-numbers plot - explorers encounter a half-man, half-fish that has the hots for Julia Adams - is enlivened by director Jack Arnold's atmospheric use of the Florida Everglades locations and a sympathetic portrait of the "Gill-Man". (Champion swimmer Ricou Browning was picked for the role because he could hold his breath for four minutes at a time.) The underwater sequences are particularly memorable, while the scene where Adams swims alone with the creature watching from below plays upon all our fears of what may lurk beneath the sea. (That same fear was brilliantly exploited decades later in Jaws.) A massive hit in its day, the Gill-Man justly entered the horror hall of fame alongside Universal's other great monsters, Dracula and Frankenstein. Avoid the two turgid sequels that followed.

Summary

Anthropologists in South America capture a hideous scaly humanoid, seemingly the last of a prehistoric species. The creature soon escapes and carries off the expedition's sole female member into the depths of the jungle, with her fellow scientists in hot pursuit. Horror, starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning and Ricou Browning.

Cast & Crew

David Reed Richard Carlson
Kay Lawrence Julie Adams
Mark Williams Richard Denning
Carl Maia Antonio Moreno
Lucas Nestor Paiva
Edwin Thompson Whit Bissell
Gill-Man Ben Chapman
Chico Harry Escalante
Gill-Man (underwater sequences only) Ricou Browning
Director Jack Arnold
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: General Film Dist Ltd Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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