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If the prior (and far superior) classic functions as something like a link between the primordial spectacle of KONG & the spectral horror JAWS, then here is the genetic forerunner of JAWS 3D & THE LOST WORLD. More exciting than the creature, though, is an early appearance by Clint Eastwood, crawling out of this ooze like a Devonian Tiktaalik: "This guy's bad. This is his first and last movie."
Not quite as good as the first. However, the Creature was somewhat more sympathetic this time.
1.5/5. The underwater stuff is impressive, but this movie is mostly just a snooze fest.
This is the worst of the creature trilogy but it is actually a pretty wonderful movie. The first scene was epic but when the humans capture the Gillman things start to get a little boring. When the creature escapes though it is really exciting and suspenseful. Overall the beginning and the end were really good but the middle was boring.
Soporific sequel to Jack Arnold's original Amazon-set creature feature. What tiny plot there is is rendered completely inert by a deadly cocktail of balsa wood performances, a screenplay that is studded with terrible exposition, a completely unterrifying 'gill man' and a narrative so slow and predictable it literally sent me to sleep. Even the 3D isn't very good. But hey, you do get twenty seconds of a very young Clint Eastwood as a lab assistant.
Sequel to the 1954 horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon is admittedly a come-down from the original, but manages to be a fairly entertaining follow up. The biggest flaw with this film is the fact that the title monster loses some of the mystery that made it so frighteningly good in the first film, as our monster is literally placed for all to see. Still, director Jack Arnold's return proves to be helpful. The monster is still an impressive sight. Clint Eastwood plays a lab technician in his first role.
Love all the Creature movies.
Continuing immediately following Creature from the Black Lagoon, the aquatic monster has survived the attempt on its life which took place at the end of the initial entry to this series. It is subsequently captured and reprimanded to a Floridian marine mammal park. The creature is apparently into cross species hanky panky, so it escapes its aquarium in order to get with the girlfriend of the scientist who is studying it. Many, many underwater swimming scenes in this (thankfully) short and often boring creature feature. The Man With No Name makes his acting debut as a scientist with a brief comedic scene.
This doesn't measure up to the original but is still a fun little creature feature. Even more than in the first film, the creature is a victim here. While the middle part drags, it's still a worthy Universal monster flick.
As far as '50s monster outing go... I kind of dug this one. Sure, it hits all the familiar beats and the second act is uneventful and repetitive, but the old "bring the monster to civilization" tale is played with pretty well here.