In this third Gill-Man feature, the Creature is captured and turned into an air-breather by a rich mad scientist. This makes the Creature very unhappy, and he escapes, killing people and ... See full summary »
In present-day U.S., Dr. Michael Parker, a prominent surgeon, unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife whom he thought was dead. Victor, an artist and his "dead" wife's now boyfriend, ... See full summary »
The survivors of an Army patrol ambushed by Indians hook up with a group of cowboys who have also been attacked, and together they try to get to safety at the fort. Unfortunately for them, ... See full summary »
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is back! This time he's captured by scientists and transported to an aquarium in south Florida. Naturally, he's attracted to the lovely female scientist and manages to escape and kidnap her, heading to Jacksonville, presumably to catch a Jaguars game. Written by
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Tom Hennesy is The Creature in the receiving tank fighting John Bromfield and others, when a cargo net is dropped on him to control him. In the next scene when The Creature is being escorted into the permanent tank underwater, The Creature in the net is Ricou Browning, and Tom Hennesy is the diver swimming next to him wearing white swim trunks. Later Hennesy can be seen as the first diver climbing out of the tank. See more »
When Professor Ferguson is informed of the capture of the creature, his colleague refers to it as a "creature from the Devonian era" and something that should have "...died out a quarter of a million years ago."
The Devonian is a geologic period, not an era (which marked the emergence and divergence of fish species and land plants, and, near its end, the first animals to venture onto land), and lasted from 416 million years ago to the beginning of the Carboniferous Period, 359 million years ago. As with the first Creature movie, the "scientists" not only do not know the terminology of geologic history, but their chronology is all wrong. See more »
I hope you ain't going to blow up my boat, Mr. Johnson. Like my wife, she's not much but she's all I have.
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The Creature was the last of the classic Universal monsters I got into, which only happened in 2001 via the original DVD release of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954). I loved the film immediately, however, and was very much interested in watching its two sequels - REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956).
Now that I've caught up with both of them, I'd say that Universal did well enough by this particular monster, and that having arrived so long after the Studio's other notables (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man) proved fortuitous, because The Creature wasn't allowed to become redundant in his own 'starring vehicles' as was the case certainly - and sadly - with both The Frankenstein Monster and The Mummy.
As for the film itself, it isn't up to the original (with which I should be re-acquainting myself over the week-end) - despite having the same director. The change in setting is interesting, and it works most of the time; the main problem, I guess, lies with The Creature's alarmingly limited characteristics: it can only either swim (in the water) or go on a rampage (on land) - although, to be fair, The Mummy is perhaps even duller! Still, the film offers reasonable entertainment and the leads are O.K. if, again, failing to match those of the original.
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