Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)




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Movie Info

Universal Pictures introduced audiences to yet another classic movie monster with this superbly crafted film, originally presented in 3-D. The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the mist-shrouded Amazon, where they enter the 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 aboard, the creature still manages to … More

Rating: G
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Ross, Harry Essex, Arthur A. Ross, Harry J. Essex
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Universal Pictures


as David Reed

as Kay Lawrence

as Mark Williams

as Carl Maia

as Edwin Thompson

as Gill-Man

as Dr. Matos

as Gill-Man (in water)

as Tomas
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Critic Reviews for Creature from the Black Lagoon

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

It makes for solid horror-thrill entertainment.

Full Review… | November 16, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Jack Arnold has a flair for this sort of thing, and if there really is anything frightening about a man dressed up in a rubber suit with zippers where the gills ought to be, Arnold comes close to finding it.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This adventure has no depth.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Okay, it's just a guy in a rubber suit. Even people in the 1950's weren't afraid of this so-called monster. But, there's some camp value to this on-the-water and under-the-water adventure.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

When I was a kid, this was the movie monster I wanted to be.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014

Audience Reviews for Creature from the Black Lagoon

great atmosphere and underwater scenes! a monster movie classic

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


The story and characters are rather simplistic but the true reason to see this film is for the legendary "Gill Man". The underwater scenes are beautifully shot, containing a surreal sequence were Gill Man swims beneath an unsuspecting female diver. That scene would later inspire the opening sequence for Steven Spielberg's "Jaws". The music was also awesome, filled to the brim with dramatic orchestral cues. A must see for any fans of the monster movie genre.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

There's a reason why this is one of the most legendary monster films in existence. It doesn't really have that good of a story, or acting, but the underwater photography is very good for the time. But what really sets this film apart is the creature itself. Now, the design hasn't exactly aged well (the suit is obviously made of rubber), but there's something that has aged far more gracefully than the rest of the film: the creature performance. The inherent problem with B-Monster-Movies of the 50s is that the people playing monsters in a suit moved like people just flailing like they had a bulky suit on. The Creature from the Black Lagoon MOVES like a Creature From the Black Lagoon. When Gillman (his official Universal Studios name) swims underwater, he doesn't move like someone awkwardly maneuvering in a rubber suit, he moves like an aquatic creature. The Gillman on land's movements are a bit questionable, but the creature's physical performance is convincing enough that it becomes strangely immersive as an experience. Add in some real suspense at points and you have one pretty dang good monster movie. Check it out.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

Super Reviewer

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