Creature of the Black Lagoon (1954)
- Dylan = 8 / 10;
- Andrew = 7 / 10;
- Raoul = 4 / 10;
Following the discovery of an intriguing fossil, a crew of scientists goes on to explore a remote lagoon in order to discover the remains of an ancient species of amphibious human-like creatures.
Horror-on-Screen Review (by Raoul):
The Creature of the Black Lagoon is part of the Universal monster classic collection, alongside Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman and many others. However, this film, which was made later than the ones cited above, really does not stand the comparison with the latter. Whereas the others were full of meaning and filled with clever dialogues and intriguing characters, The Creature of the Black Lagoon surprised me by how shallow it was. The plot is really basic and very similar to most bad creature movies that you can find by the dozens nowadays. The characters are rather insipid too, and the relationship between them hardly adds any interest to the film.
This film, released in 3D back at that time, remains nevertheless one of the classic of the 50’s. It is maybe one of the most famous “man in a costume” monsters and it inspired many other films later. This said, the special effects are exclusively limited to the suit itself.
I will probably be in trouble for criticizing a classic, but I honestly think that what may have been impressive 60 years ago now lost most of his appeal. This said, the generous views of the mythic amphibious creature remains a good reason to go through the all 75 minutes for those interested in early horror cinema.