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Creature From the Black Lagoon
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Directed By
Jack Arnold

Written By:
Arthur Ross, Harry Essex

Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Whit Bissell, Nestor Paiva, Ricou Browning, Bernie Gozier, Ben Chapman, Bernie Gozier

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Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
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Movie Review by Derringer
November 29th, 2009


This well-crafted 'Beauty and the Beast' Monster Movie from 1954 was originally presented in 3-D. Director JACK ARNOLD makes excellent use of the tropical location, employing heavy mists and eerie jungle noises to create an atmosphere of nearly constant menace.

The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition travelling down a dark tributary of the mist-enshrouded Amazon River where they enter into the mysterious domain of a prehistoric, amphibious 'Gill Man' - possibly the last of a species of fanged, clawed humanoids who may have evolved entirely underwater.

Tranquilized, captured and brought on board, the creature still manages to revive itself and escape - slaughtering several members of the team - and abducts their sole female member, spiriting her off to his mist-shrouded lair.

This abduction naturally sparks the surviving crewmen into action - particularly those who fancy carrying the girl off themselves.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON may be a 'past-prime' horror flick, but it's fine production and high spirits serve as a potent reminder of just how strong even a second-string movie from the 1950's can be.

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Nov 30, 2009 3:42 AM
One of my favorite movies when I was a kid.
Dec 1, 2009 9:59 PM
Yeah. 55 years after its original release and it's still an enjoyable film to watch.
Dec 2, 2009 2:20 AM
Yes, I remember even after all these years that they
handed everyone a pair of cardboard 3D glasses at
the door of the theater. It was quite a thrill for an 8
year old. lol

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