Jack Arnold's horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon spawned not one but two iconic images: the web-footed humanoid gill-man with a hankering for women and the leggy, luscious Julia Adams, the object of his desire, swimming the lagoon in a luminous white bathing suit. Not since King Kong has the "beauty and the beast" theme been portrayed in such sexually charged (though chaste) terms. Arnold turns an effectively B-movie plot--a small expedition up a remote Amazon river captures a prehistoric amphibian man, who escapes to wreak havoc on the team and kidnap his bathing beauty--into a moody, stylish, low-budget feature. The jungle exteriors turn from exotic to treacherous when the creature blocks their passage and strands them in the wilds. Much of the film is shot underwater, where the murky dark is animated by shimmering shards of sunlight, creating images both lovely and alien (the studio-built sets of the creature's underground lair are far less naturalistic, but serve their purpose). As with most of Arnold's '50s genre films, he's saddled with a less than magnetic leading man (in this case the colorless but stalwart Richard Carlson) and a conventional script, but he overcomes such limitations by creating a vivid and sympathetic monster (helped immeasurably by a marvelous suit of scales and fins) and establishing a mood thick with atmosphere. The film was originally shot in 3-D. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bonus Materials: Creature from the Black Lagoon (3D Version), Back to the Black Lagoon, Production Photographs, Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver, Trailer Gallery, 100 Years of Universal: The Lot --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
I like seeing 3D movies of the 50's...this one is a classic Black & White of that era.....Published 23 days ago by Cam Barolet
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Enfin en version française...Excellent film le costume de la créature pour le temps bat bien les films des années 2000. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jacques Potvin
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First of all, I am fairly new to these classic monster movies. I have seen Dracula before but that was it. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by J. Hayes
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