Creature from the Black Lagoon Reviews

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October 13, 2020
Along comes one of those tedious, topeed expeditions, in a battered white boat, and the "Gill-Man" is chased, photographed, speared, half-asphyxiated, and screamed at. No wonder he commits murder (five of them).
October 13, 2020
The boys at Universal were on a fanciful binge, putting on an enjoyable show in the water, something less in dry-dock.
October 13, 2020
Short on science, the picture's long enough on excitement, strongly recalling the hit Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
October 13, 2020
A prehistoric man shaped fish falls in love with screaming Julia Adams in an Amazon backwater, but his courtship is a failure. So is the movie.
October 13, 2020
There are some effective underwater scenes; otherwise script and direction are commonplace.
October 13, 2020
The subject matter has been handled in a way that makes for a maximum of suspense and with an eye toward satisfying those who seek horrific chills and thrills.
October 13, 2020
It's horribly dated, the acting's lousy, the 3D effects are worthless and the monster is a man in a rubber suit. Yet Creature from the Black Lagoon remains one of the all-time classic monster movies.
September 18, 2020
This is certainly one of the most fondly remembered of the science fiction films of the 1950s.
August 29, 2019
This is a pulp classic with good reason.
December 11, 2016
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.
November 16, 2014
It makes for solid horror-thrill entertainment.
October 26, 2014
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.
September 18, 2014
When I was a kid, this was the movie monster I wanted to be.
October 11, 2012
What distinguished Jack Arnold's pictures from mutant spinoffs/knockoffs is even more imperative to sci-fi today than it was in 1954: wonderment.
October 16, 2011
The beats of the film are like overused sandpaper, too worn down and tattered to have more than a passing effect.
July 6, 2010
Jack Arnold's direction has done a firstrate job developing chills and suspense, and James C. Havens rates a good credit for his direction of the underwater sequences.
February 22, 2008
September 26, 2007
Imbued with great atmosphere by director Jack Arnold, the film is genuinely frightening, but also elicits a certain amount of pathos for the creature.
September 26, 2007
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.
September 26, 2007
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.
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