One of the coolest-looking monsters ever! Real game-changer in that department! I wanted the Gill-Man to murder his own Orchestral-arrangers about a quarter of the way through this flick! They overdid his theme song just a tad!!! Also, the movie looks a bit too 2nd-Unit and impersonal at times. Did anyone else want ol' "Blacky Lagoon" to win?!? I totally wanted him to get with that chick in the end!!!
A straightforward story unencumbered by nuance or character development. CREATURE is a classic for the gorgeous 3D underwater cinematography, visual composition, and a great monster suit - particularly effective when inhabited by swimmer Ricou Browning.
More of a 2 1/2 out of 5 star movie for me. Creature of the Black Lagoon has a decent enough premise and the creature is pretty cool looking even 60 years later but the story just seemed kind of static about halfway in. I was entertained and the score was cool even it if was repetitive. Worth the watch but its not hard to tell why The Universal Monster Movie wasn't long for the world after this one.
Re-visiting a childhood favorite it was pleasant to find how well it holds up. As a previous poster mentioned there's a real sense of wonder to the film beginning with the impressive opening sequence about evolution. The underwater photography with some oddly convincing back-lot sets and its unique approach to sexuality makes for the most cinematic Universal monster movie after Whale and Ulmer's films. Must see.
What distinguishes Jack Arnold's films from many other acknowledged genre classics is a genuine respect for the scientific method. This film takes a stand against the gung-ho anti-intellectualism that afflicted the era's sci-fi, with an infectious wonder that can survive any violence of man or nature. The luxurious sequence of the infatuated creature awkwardly swimming around Julie Adams is a thing of simple beauty.
By far my favorite of the Universal Monster movies (the most fruitful production of horror movies ever). Too much subversive subtext to fit into a small blurb, but it is suffice to say that A LOT is going on underneath what seems like a simple monster movie. Sexually dangerous AND ambiguous, the creature has invited many different readings, and is incredibly effective considering the time period. Outstanding!!!