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Creature from the Black Lagoon

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Jack Arnold
  • 79 mins
  • PG

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

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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David ReedRichard Carlson
Kay LawrenceJulie Adams
Mark WilliamsRichard Denning
Carl MaiaAntonio Moreno
LucasNestor Paiva
Edwin ThompsonWhit Bissell
Gill-ManBen Chapman
ChicoHarry Escalante
Gill-Man (underwater sequences only)Ricou Browning

Crew

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DirectorJack Arnold

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English | Spanish
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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