Greatest Film Moments – Creature from the Black Lagoon

It is the original creature feature. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a horror film based in the world of science and discovery.

A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon.

After reviewing the greatest film moments in Dracula, I was inclined to continue the legacy collection from Universal Studios, home to the original monsters.

Creature from the Black Lagoon isn’t like the other classic horror films; it isn’t based on a novel or preexisting folklore like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man.

The creature’s relationship with the leading lady, Kay Lawrence, is reminiscent of King Kong and his relationship with the female blonde starlet shooting on location.

After escaping capture, the Gill-Man returns to kidnap Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, who it has fallen in love with since first seeing her swim in the Black Lagoon.

The Gill-Man is the missing link between animals in the sea and on the land, swimming underwater for unlimited hours and walking on the land without gasping for oxygen.

Driven by scientific ambition, the expedition plans to capture the Gill-Man but with dire consequences and lost lives. Crew members are mere cannon fodder to the creature’s appetite for violence.

The Gill-Man is always punctuated with dramatic music, each movement of his webbed claws or his dragging footsteps.

Trumpets are the main instruments that I hear, signaling his approach or the eerie one-handed swipe of his webbed claws from the edge of the lagoon.

It is overly dramatic, but that is customary when watching older films such as Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The Gill-Man is my favorite character, the members of the expedition are not likeable to me. And I have tried to like the scientists David and Mark, but the creature is just amazing.

The best attribute of the Gill-Man is the sounds that come from it, shrieking and snorting like some sort of pig beast. When I first heard the sound during the first attack, I was certain that it wasn’t the Gill-Man but merely a wild boar of the Amazon.

His scaled ass is incredibly funny sounding, and misunderstood creatures are always fascinating to me. His fear of the lamp light is a throwback to the Frankenstein monster, the original misunderstood creature even if he was created and the creature here merely existed.

Creature from the Black Lagoon is lesser known than Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man, but it is a definitive horror classic that needs to be seen at least once just to say it was seen.

That fishy creature is unstoppable, even when struck with a harpoon. However, the only shortcoming I found in the film was the ending, which merely shows the death of the creature as he floats down into the depths of the lagoon to the rocky bottom.

It left me unsatisfied, but it was a clear-cut ending for Creature from the Black Lagoon. Give the Gill-Man a chance, his intelligence and his cunning might make the film another favorite for you.

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~ by nicmarray on November 14, 2009.

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