Reviews

Jul 6, 2021
Another classic Universal Monsters filled to the brim with homoerotic undertones. From Mark's obsessive interest in David to phallic Gill-Man to the murky white underwater gas, Creature From the Black Lagoon is chock full of queer.
Jun 28, 2021
Featuring some outstanding underwater cinematography and a sympathetic, if terrifying, monster, Creature From the Black Lagoon earns its place as a classic of horror cinema.
Oct 13, 2020
Short on science, the picture's long enough on excitement, strongly recalling the hit Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Sep 18, 2020
This is certainly one of the most fondly remembered of the science fiction films of the 1950s.
Aug 29, 2019
This is a pulp classic with good reason.
Dec 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.
Nov 16, 2014
It makes for solid horror-thrill entertainment.
Oct 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.
Sep 18, 2014
When I was a kid, this was the movie monster I wanted to be.
Oct 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.
Jul 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.
Feb 22, 2008
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Feb 9, 2006
The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster.
Jul 19, 2005