Saturday, October 10, 2015

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

Our Universal Monsters week ends with the Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Now you could say this a bit more like science fiction, but I think of it as a horror movie and a damn good one at that. The plot revolves around a group of scientists that discover an ancient amphibian fossil in the Amazon. The team soon discovers of a ghastly amphibian monster, and they decide to either fight or flee. First off, major praise to the director of the underwater sequences. It looks absolutely amazing, and the entire movie is shot well. Believe it or not, this film actually premiered in 3-D. Another huge plus is The Creature itself. Dear lord, the attention to detail on the suit is staggering and it is a genuinely creepy monster. Before the days of Jaws, The Creature made audiences afraid to go into the water. But unlike the shark, the monster has a love interest played by the stunningly gorgeous Julia Adams and quite frankly I can't blame him. And dare I say, the film should be remade in color. All in all, a great horror movie and one of the last classic Universal Monsters.

So next week, I think it's time we go back to the 80's and review a few cult movies.

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