Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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as David Reed
as Kay Lawrence
as Mark Williams
as Carl Maia
as Edwin Thompson
as Dr. Matos
as Gill-Man (in water)
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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.
The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster.
The whole thing is ultimately just a '50s B-movie, but it's hard to imagine what they could have done to make it a better one.
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The creature's makeup and design are stunning and look very realistic for the time the movie came out, while the underwater scenes are really awesome and creepy, making for a classic monster movie that aged well enough and can still be fun for modern audiences.
great atmosphere and underwater scenes! a monster movie classic
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.
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