Monday, April 15, 2013

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Director: Jack Arnold

Starring: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Bernie Gozier, Henry A. Escalante

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Not since the beginning of time has the world beheld terror like this!

Plot: A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it wants to get busy! Giggidy!!!

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

With an iconic three-note theme and creature design, CftBL is more than just another Hollywood B-creature feature.  It's actually a great looking, well-shot horror flick.   For my money, what sets this film apart is it's expertly directed, filmed, acted and so on.  The underwater photography is superb for a film such as this.  The shots of the Gill Man swimming underneath and parallel to Kay (Julie Adams) are terrific and they're not something you'd expect to find in a B-picture.

I just got back from seeing it at The Castro Theater in San Francisco AND in 3D!  I was kind of disappointed that it wasn't the original anaglyph red/blue 3D but the newer conversion and film restoration looks fantastic and crisp.  I was thrilled to get to see it this way regardless.  There was a Blu-ray coffin box set of the Universal monsters released in Europe last year that recently bought from Amazon that includes this 3D version I saw.  I can't wait to show it off.  It's a fun picture and worthy of its classic, cult status.

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