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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | | Horror | 5 March 1954 (USA)
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

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A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discovers a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one in the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Centuries of passion pent up in his savage heart! See more »

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$1,300,000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Adams has stated that she was not knocked out when she was being carried into the cave by the creature. Rather, Adams claims that she scraped her head against the plaster wall of the cave while the stuntman was carrying her. Neither Adams nor the stuntman had very good visibility while filming the scene. The scene called for Adams to pretend to be unconscious in the creature's arms, which meant that her eyes were closed, and the stuntman could barely see out of the creature's mask. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in Brazil, yet the native captain and guides speak with Spanish accents and use "sí" for yes instead of Portuguese "sim." See more »

Quotes

Mark Williams: Come on, come on!
David Reed: You talking to me, Mark, or something out there?
Mark Williams: Both, David. They won't believe it back home, none of them. I wouldn't have believed it myself, sitting out here waiting for some monster to appear. That's why we've got to take him.
David Reed: Why won't they believe, Mark?
Mark Williams: Because we deal with known quantities, with knowledge we've accumulated up to now.
David Reed: We've just begun to learn about the water and its secrets, just as we've only touched on outer space. We don't entirely rule out the ...
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This is the quintessential monster movie.
12 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

As many times as this movie has been copied, filmmakers still can't seem to get it right. Considering that this film is considered a trend-setter, it's amazing how many rules this film BREAKS by today's standards. It breaks the notion that full shots of the creature and lots of blood and violence are needed to create a scare. In this film, all you need is a shot of the creature's hand and that piercing three-note musical motive played by brass instruments, and let the imagination fill in the blanks. It shatters the notion that monsters MUST be computer-generated--a guy in a suit CAN be scary. And it proves that black-and-white photography can be just as rich as color photography. The underwater sequences especially are both beautiful (almost surreal) and eerie at the same time.

And then there is the Gill Man himself. It's as if the writers took the best qualities of his predecessors and combined them into the last and best (IMHO) of the Universal monsters. Like The Mummy, he has lived long after he technically should have died; like Frankenstein's monster, he appears to be savage, yet shows intelligence and appreciates beauty; like Dracula, he is seductive. Just check out the scene where he swims with Julie Adams (unbeknownst to her, of course). I believe this is why he has achieved the status of a genuine icon, and deservedly so. Here's hoping he swims the waters for a long time.


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