In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
Remnants of a mysterious animal have come to light in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists intends to determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish their goal, the scientists (Antonio Moreno, Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell) must brave the most perilous pieces of land South America has to offer. But the terrain is nothing compared to the danger posed by an otherworldly being that endangers their work and their lives.
1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon was the last monster movie to come out of Universal Picture’s classic monster cycle, which ran from 1931 – 1954. And boy oh boy, what a film and monster to end with! CFTBL was their first and only nautical monster movie developed by Universal. It left a lasting impression on fans and pop culture that lasts to this very day.
CFTBL was directed by the wonderful Jack Arnold who also helmed classic genre films such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), Revenge of the Creature (1955), Tarantula (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and Monster On the Campus (1958). In his later years, he went on to direct a great deal of TV shows such as Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Fall Guy, and The Love Boat.
The cast was also wonderful with Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Netor Paiva, and Ben Chapman as the above water Gill Man and Ricou Browning as the underwater Gill Man.