#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover 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 of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.
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We didn’t come here to fight monsters, we’re not equipped for it.
Out of Universal Pictures, Creature from the Black Lagoon is directed by Jack Arnold, and stars Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, and Whit Bissell. The eponymous creature was played by Ben Chapman on land and Ricou Browning for the underwater scenes. The cinematography is by William E. Snyder and the score is composed by a trio of men, Henry Mancini, Hans J. Salter & Herman Stein. The story sees a scientific expedition at the top end of the Amazon encounter a Devonian Period amphibious creature. As the creature starts to defend its turf by attacking members of the expedition, in fighting begins to take a hold as the men argue about the best course of action to take. Should it be killed, or should it be captured for scientific research? Either way they need to act fast as the creature has taken a fancy to Kay, the sole female member of the expedition group.
One of the better creature features that surfaced in the 1950s, Creature from the Black Lagoon was one of the film’s made as part of the 3D craze that filtered out of Hollywood in 53 & 54. However, unlike many of those film’s that were made in the format over those two years, this one has rightly managed to break away from its gimmicky beginnings to become regarded as a genre classic. There are many reasons why it is still well regarded and taken in appreciatively by newcomers.
The story of course is nothing new, the old “beauty & the beast” theme can be traced back to the daddy himself, “King Kong”. But much like Kong, Arnold’s movie thrives within the endearing story by getting the audience to sympathise with the titular creature. He is after all only defending his territory, he was happy wallowing down in the depths, remaining undiscovered for many a moon. That he is fascinated by the considerable beauty of Kay Lawrence (Adams sexy and gorgeous), is no crime either. The amount of sympathy garnered for “Gill-Man” is helped enormously by the illogical actions of the humans; who in turn go diving and swimming where legend has it men get eaten! This coupled with their bickering about pro science or trophy hunting makes it easy to side with the amphibious one.
It also helps that the film is pretty brisk and only runs for 80 minutes, there’s no sags or pointless filler. Too many similar film’s of its ilk labour until the monster shows up and all hell then breaks loose. But under Arnold’s (It Came From Outer Space/The Incredible Shrinking Man) astute direction, atmosphere and unease is built up by ominous talk and sightings of the Black Lagoon-and only initial glimpses of the creature’s scaly webbed claw; accompanied by the attention grabbing theme music. And when the creature finally reveals itself it doesn’t disappoint for its an impressive creation. A half-man/half-fish creature covered in scales, resplendent with gills and with cold, dark featureless eyes. It also has great characteristics with a distinctive swimming style in the water, and a lumbering Frankenstein thing going on when on the land. A definitive monster that would be merchandised for ever after.
There’s also technical accomplishments away from the creature itself, notably with the memorable underwater photography by Snyder, who uses a portable camera to flow with the swimming sequences, while his shadow and light work down in the depths is memorably mood enhancing. The three tiered score is also one of the best to feature in a “B” movie schlocker, three different composers, three different emotional strands; nice. Then there’s of course the definitive sequence, the sexy underwater flirting as “Gill-Man” swims below the shapely form of Kay, beguiled by her, it’s love at first sight. He’s not the only one beguiled, we all are, as was Steven Spileberg, who would homage the more dramatic part of the sequence in his opening for Jaws 21 years later. Whilst last but not least it should be mentioned that there are little asides to ecological issues in the piece, something Arnold was want to do. Two sequels would follow, Arnold would return for “Revenge Of The Creature” in 1955 and then the John Sherwood directed “The Creature Walks Among Us” would round off the trilogy in 1956.
It’s the original that still holds up today. 8/10
Creature from the Black Lagoon is a fairly straight-forward horror film, but even sixty-five years later, it still works.
The movie plays on the fear of the unknown creature. Deep in the Amazon Rainforest, there might be some kind of ancient, half-fish-half-man horror that sets out to kill all humans who come into its territory. Maybe it even wants to steal away the women to continue living. That’s a scary thought, in and of itself.
When you add that to the movie’s best quality, the score, it makes for some truly chilling, truly tense scenes. The whole film is well done, especially for 1954. The set design is fully believable, and the acting is solid all around. Julie Adams specifically does a great job. Even gill-man’s costume was relatively well done, especially for the time.
Old-fashioned man-in-a-monster-suit fun.
My Take: A classic for its day.
Jack Arnold’s CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is, most likely, FRANKENSTEIN and Dracula’s little cousin. A little-known relative of the more famous monster movie classics, CREATURE is nonetheless a nice trip down memory lane. Plot concerns a rouge swamp beast (Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman sweating it out in the decent monster suit) who falls for (what else?) a beauty on board a research ship, while the men find good fortune in capturing the beast and saving the gal (whose only real requirement is to scream her heart out). Those who remember stepping into the drive-way while the weird eerie music played on the opening black-and-white titles brings a sudden memory of being a wee bit scared if that rubber monster you now find cheesy so much nowadays. Still, despite stiff acting and cheesy effects gimmicks, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is a nice trip back to the good ol’ days of monster pictures. Originally released in a 3-D.
Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.
One of the Best…
“That” bathing costume worn by the movie’s only female cast member, Julie Adams, is not the only reason for the film’s success, but it ranks highly. Avid film buffs will also note how cleverly it was filmed, with peekaboo sightings centered on the sexiest spots even before pretty Ms Adams takes to the water in it. CFTBL is a reminder that if the film makers are thoughtful and clever enough, a low budget need not prevent box office success or critical acclaim. That this picture has survived strongly restores faith in Hollywood to some extent. Most of the acting was at least adequate, but it is the production values that make this one of the best horror movies of them all. Southern Fan
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 19 min (79 min)
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Jack Arnold
Writer Harry Essex (screenplay by), Arthur A. Ross (screenplay by), Maurice Zimm (story by)
Actors Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company Universal International Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio & 2D theatrical ratio), 1.75 : 1 (Pola-Lite 3D theatrical ratio), 1.85 : 1 (3D theatrical release & Blu-ray edition), 2.00 : 1 (alternative 3D theatrical ratio)
Camera Universal 3-D
Laboratory Universal International Studio Laboratory, USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Universal 3-D (dual-strip 3-D)
Printed Film Format 35 mm