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CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)

By Craig Reid     June 11, 2000

It's an archetypical '50s monster movie that has been copied so much that perhaps it has been overlooked and lost some of its charm. Members of a scientific expedition exploring the Amazon encounter and a deadly, amphibious Gill-Man (Ricou Browning). Featuring juicy atmospheric locations and radiantly luminous underwater photography, director Jack Arnold's film presents a somewhat sympathetic portrait of the creature. Furthermore, the creepily conceived creature POV shots lurking from the water's surface keeps you vigilant, because you never know when 'it' will strike. (The technique was effectively imitated in ANACONDA.) Also of interest is the Gill-Man's perceived sexual threat, evident when the creature mesmerizingly swims beneath the tightly clad, swimsuited Julia Adams (the shot is very reminiscent of the opening of JAWS and THE DEEP), and later secretly watches her on the boat and kidnaps her then takes her to his underwater lair. And of course who can forget Hans Salter and Henry Mancini's shrilling, chilling, creature musical shtick so eloquently ripped off by the Americanized version of KING KONG VS. GODZILLA. Originally in 3-D, there are two sequels: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (Clint Eastwood's first screen role) and CREATURE WALKS AMONG US.

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