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Friday, August 21, 2015

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

Starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva
Directed by Jack Arnold
(actor & director credits courtesy

An expedition on the Amazon river in search of an ancient fossil comes across a missing link between man and fish whose attacks turn deadly.

One of Universal Picture's "classic monsters," although he came decades after Dracula, Frankenstein, and the rest, the Creature From The Black Lagoon makes a memorable debut in this picture, well-directed by Arnold.  The highlight of the film is the impressive creature makeup which looks great whether the beast is swimming underwater or stalking its victims on land, but the production also boasts a strong cast, and impressive underwater photography.  It's a genuine sci-fi classic which proved popular enough to spawn two sequels.

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