Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Dr. Carl Maia assembles an expedition into the Amazon to uncover a fossil that he believes to be the missing link between fish and man, but as they soon find out, this species is all but extinct! The last of the Universal Monsters comes to life as The Gill Man in THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON from 1954! Originally filmed in eye-popping 3-D, the film is better known for its stunning underwater photography that brings an alien world to life just beneath the surface of the lagoon. The incredible full-body makeup designs that were created by Millicent Patrick and Bud Westmore even outperform many of Jack Pierce's original creations, particularly as the creature gasps for air after breaching the surface. When he is not clawing at victims with an outstretched hand, the creature performs in an impressive underwater ballet that is filled with thrills and chills as he struggles with the other divers and takes off after an unsuspecting Kay. THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON becomes another contemporary adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" that calls back to the great KING KONG, where a primitive monster looks to take a beautiful young woman as its bride. In a decade filled with Science Fiction flops and rubber monster mayhem, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON stands high above the rest, and upholds the superior quality of Universal's bygone era.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON:
KING KONG, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, THE WOLF MAN, FRANKENSTEIN, THE ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN.

2 comments:

  1. This is one film that both husband and I totally agree on. One of our faves we watch it every year when we do our Universal Monster marathon.

    Cheers!

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  2. Although it is often overshadowed by the other Universal pictures, it is in fine form and the Creature is just as memorable as any of the earlier creations!

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