HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Mangler, The
Shiraz
Mercy, The
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Molly Maguires, The
Party, The
Dante's Peak
Housemaid, The
Vendetta
Brimstone
Boys in the Trees
Once Were Warriors
Red Planet Mars
Blade Runner 2049
Devil's Express
Belko Experiment, The
Flashback
War of the Arrows
One-Trick Pony
Cloverfield Paradox, The
Beach Rats
In Between
Flesh Feast
Gerald's Game
Crocodile Dundee II
Baaghi
Bat People, The
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Tower
Message from the King
   
 
Newest Articles
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
   
 
  Creature from the Black Lagoon Gill ThrillBuy this film here.
Year: 1954
Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Bernie Gozier, Henry A. Escalante
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Adventure
Rating:  8 (from 2 votes)
Review: There are still unexplored places on the globe which could harbour hitherto undiscovered forms of life, and here in the Amazon there are expeditions to find missing links or dead ends in evolution, such as the research conducted by Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno). Today he has hit the jackpot, for out in the jungle he and his assistants uncover a fossilised claw sticking out of the rock, and he cannot identify where it has come from. He takes it back to the United States and his friend David Reed (Richard Carlson), a diver and biologist who is immediately intrigued. But back in the Amazon, that creature might not be extinct...

Of all the nineteen-fifties science fiction chillers, Creature from the Black Lagoon had a sense of tradition about it. Crafted by the same team who had enjoyed a hit with It Came from Outer Space (also in 3D) the year before, it was produced by Universal, a studio which had a history of making monster movies lasting back to the twenties, and with its emphasis on the costume of the menace, a marvel of design which became almost instantly iconic, it was clear they were harking back to all those horrors which had been so popular during the previous two or three decades, not only in presenting its grotesque threat, but by adding a few shadings of complexity to what in other hands could have been a basic runaround.

Actually it was not so much the classic Universal shockers which the Creature was most influenced by, but more King Kong which had been an RKO effort, as our beast pined for female company as well as bumping off as many of the members of the new expedition to the Amazon as it can. As far as we can tell, he's the last of his line much as Kong was, and the object of his affection became inextricably linked to this signature movie just as Fay Wray had been to hers. The actress in question was Julie Adams (then Julia), the sole woman on the excursion and possibly the most beautiful of all the sci-fi heroines of this decade, manhandled by the Gillman and lusted after by at least two of her companions on the boat down the river to the lagoon.

She played Kay Lawrence, girlfriend of David, though the diver they have brought along, Mark Williams (Richard Denning - this wasn't the movie to watch if you got your Dennings and Carlsons mixed up), makes it clear in a few steady gazes that he wouldn't mind claiming her for himself. Mark is the most aggressive member of the party, so when they realise there is a missing link here (accompanied by its own shrill sting of brass every time it appears) which happens to have killed the two assistants we saw at the beginning, he is itching to fire his fancy harpoon gun into the Creature's scaly hide. David, on the other hand, takes a more scientific view and wishes to capture it for further examination, something Mark reluctantly goes along with eventually.

Of course, they don't know what they're dealing with, as this is no dumb animal but a rather more devious figure than anticipated. The presence of the young lady is the main catalyst for all the violence, that need to protect her and claim her for each of the three interested males' peace of mind and other satisfaction. When Adams took part in one of the most famous swims since Jane cavorted with Tarzan in Tarzan and his Mate, it was all too apparent what we were meant to be thinking, and what the Gillman was thinking too, as entranced he playfully follows Kay under the surface, gently nudging her feet and setting us on edge. Not only us, as David and Mark feel a mixture of high-minded biology research, mercenary urges to financially exploit their find, and the preocuppation to keep it away from Kay. If it all ends much as you'd expect (though with sequels), what could have been a hokey monster flick achieved a strong, primal mood which is why it endures: it's a surprisingly atmospheric film thanks to director Jack Arnold's skill.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1143 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
  Andrew Irvine
Ian Phillips
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: