Creature From the Black Lagoon
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The story revolves around a scientific expedition in the Amazon jungle. Spurred by the recent discovery of a strange fossil, the scientists hope to find evidence of what may be the "missing link" between humans and the first of our ancestors to have crawled up out of the sea. Then, while collecting rocks and fossils from the bottom of a sequestered little lagoon, they unwittingly intrude upon the lair of the titular creature, a fish-like humanoid--or "gillman"--who just might be a living example of the fossils they seek.
Unlike the other rubber-suit monsters in B-grade horror flicks from the 1950s, the eponymous monster in this film does actually look real and frightening. Especially scary are the close-up shots of the creature when he is out of the water. Gasping for air, his mouth opens and closes in short spasms as the fins on his gills gesticulate in a parallel rhythm, and he quite convincingly comes across as a giant mutant fish with nothing but most malevolent of intentions.
Even in black-and-white, the underwater photography in THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is absolutely beautiful, and it is often cited as one of the best aspects of the film. Much of this underwater footage was shot in protected nature reserves in Florida, and though it was not directed by the film's primary director, Jack Arnold, it fits in seamlessly with Arnold's top-notch above-water directing style.Read more ›
"Creature" also boosts one of the most memorable of Universal's great gallery of classic monsters in the form of the Gillman superbly realised by the genius of designer Bud Westmore. Coming quite late in the long tradition of Universal monsters the Gillman is right up there with such memorable creations as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman. He was to return to the screen in two sequels "Revenge Of The Creature" and "The Creature Walks Among Us" however it is for this original effort that he is justly remembered. The story in reality is a simple one. A rare find of a clawed hand that has no relationship with any known link in evolution is unearthed during an excavation in the Amazon jungle. The possibilty of a sensational find prompts a group of scientists to set out on a expedition to find the rest of its body only to discover themselves having to deal with a live ancestor of this fossil in the form of a strange underwater Gillmam. Much to their distress they find themselves trapped in the eerie and mysterious Black Lagoon having to literally fight for their lives against this creature who is not only aggressive towards those that disturb his Amazion shelter but begins killing off the expedition team one by one.Read more ›
The exploratory scene invovling the Creature and Julia Adams where the Creature tries to figure out what Adams is by first swimming stroke for stroke underneath her and then touching her feet is CLASSIC!
The Creature is great, the violence done artfully, drawing on the imagination's idea of what happened, a quick glimpse of a clenched hand in rigor mortis, a fishing net torn to pieces as the ship is rocked back and forth from below...
A must have film for any Horror fan! "I'll get the aqualung"!
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Thought since the movie was so old the 3D part would be the old school blue and red lenses. WRONG!. It is modern 3D. You must have a 3D TV and a 3D blue-ray player. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sent it as a gift along with an action figure of the Gill-man for my nephew. He loves monster movies, so we're introducing him to the classic Universal Studios monsters. Read morePublished 23 days ago by lovebird
I was amazed at the quality of this old flick which is in black and white, the 3D special effects are very good too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HHA
Great movie,I love the old horror movies, this one is right up there,amazing the old special effects, it did arrive as promisedPublished 1 month ago by papa
This move still holds up and is superior to the junk that is out now.Published 1 month ago by Pogodog
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This fall the 3D version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder" is to be released. How come "It Came from Outer Space", "The Maze", "House of Wax", "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" and all those other fun 3D films from the 1950's aren't being... Read More
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|Could anybody tell me if this DVD has spanish subtitles?||
it says only french subtitles. i say you and your friends watch it in english and enjoy it. nobody in the movie says anything important anyway.
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