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3.4
963 Ratings

Creature From the Black Lagoon

Directed by Jack Arnold
United States, 1954
Horror, Adventure

Synopsis

A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric monster in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free and returns to kidnap a scientist’s beautiful lab assistant.

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Creature From the Black Lagoon Directed by Jack Arnold
It's a suspenseful matinee-style adventure that pitches a group of scientists against what could be described as the "Amazonian Bigfoot," an amphibious humanoid relic that has somehow circumvented evolution. At the risk of being a yawning millennial unmoved by "tame" classic horror, I will proffer that the movie is more unsettling than terrifying—but that the feeling of unease lingers long past the film's end credits, and for reasons that go beyond Gill-man's frightful exterior.
October 14, 2016
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Narratively, CREATURE is a great plodding beast, lurching from one plot point to the next with all the dexterity of a half-man/half-fish out of water. But once in the lagoon, the film becomes a feast for the eyes, a series of languorous plays of depth, movement, and cross-species eroticism that is genuinely scary, and deeply disturbing.
February 27, 2015
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It's not really belittling the film to note that an enormous part of its appeal lies in its cheesiness, particularly the blaring, alarmist score provided by Hans J. Salter's scoring company, with contributions from Henry Mancini, amongst others. Creature is constantly spiked by blasts of brass and ferociously churning strings that underpin appearances of the Gill Man, unsubtle but certainly contributing to the headlong rush of the film's pace.
September 15, 2013
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