Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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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
Mar 5, 1954 Wide
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The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster.
What distinguished Jack Arnold's pictures from mutant spinoffs/knockoffs is even more imperative to sci-fi today than it was in 1954: wonderment.
The beats of the film are like overused sandpaper, too worn down and tattered to have more than a passing effect.
Imbued with great atmosphere by director Jack Arnold, the film is genuinely frightening, but also elicits a certain amount of pathos for the creature.
The underwater sequences were excellently shot by Havens, and the make-up for the half man, half fish was a masterful creation by Bud Westmore and Jack Keven.
As directed by Jack Arnold, the film suffers from silly stretches of dialogue and wooden acting, but the underwater footage is still beautiful, and Adams radiates a strong, sexy screen presence.
Creepy underwater horror flick. Ahead of its time.
Incluindo um curioso subtexto ecológico, o filme envelheceu bem: pode até não assustar como na época de seu lançamento, mas continua interessante.
One of the best of the 1950's creature features. (By a long shot.)
Tremendous chilling fun, whether in 3-D or no. And Julia Adams is still hot in that swimsuit.
This is still a decent movie and a good example of the monster movie genre.
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