Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954 depicts a scientific expedition’s encounter with a prehistoric amphibious creature in the Amazon.
Release date: 12 February 1954 (premiere), 5 March 1954
Director: Jack Arnold
Cast: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Bernie Gozier, Henry Escalante, Ben Chapman, Ricou Browning
Studio: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954 Review
Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic 1954 horror film directed by Jack Arnold.
The movie tells the story of a group of scientists who travel deep into the Amazon rainforest to investigate a mysterious prehistoric creature known as the “Gill-Man”.
The plot revolves around the discovery of the Gill-Man, who becomes enamored with the female member of the group, leading to a tense and thrilling battle for survival.
The movie is known for its iconic creature design, with the Gill-Man becoming an enduring symbol of classic horror films.
The film stars Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, and Richard Denning in the lead roles.
The cast delivers solid performances, with Carlson’s portrayal of the heroic scientist and Adams’ performance as the object of the creature’s affection standing out as highlights.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954 was originally shot in 3D, adding to the movie’s immersive and engaging viewing experience. The film’s score, composed by Henry Mancini, also adds to the suspenseful atmosphere, further cementing the movie’s place in horror film history.
Overall, Creature from the Black Lagoon remains a must-watch for horror film enthusiasts and fans of classic cinema. Its iconic creature design, thrilling plot, and solid performances continue to captivate audiences to this day.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954
- Glenn Strange, who played the Frankenstein Monster in many of Universal’s classic horror films, was approached to play the Creature from the Black Lagoon. However, Strange declined the offer as swimming wasn’t his strong suit.
- Two different costumes were built for the Creature – one for swimming shots and one for on land.
- The film was originally made to be shown in 3D, however the 3D fad was dying out by the time the Creature from the Black Lagoon was released, so it was rarely shown in theatres other than in 2D.
- Two actors/stuntmen played the creature – Ricou Browning played the character for the underwater scenes and Ben Chapman was the Gill Man on land. The two actors never came into contact during film, and only met 20 years later at a convention.
- The film premiered in London’s West End in December 1954. Despite the film’s cult status, the film only last three weeks.
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