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The Creature Walks Among Us

USA 1956
produced by
William Alland for Universal
directed by John Sherwood
starring Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer, Maurice Manson, James Rawley, David McMahon, Paul Fierro, Lillian Molieri, Larry Hudson, Frank Chase, Ricou Browning, Don Megowan
written by Arthur A. Ross, music supervisor: Joseph Gershenson, creature design by Jack Kevan

Creature from the Black Lagoon

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A group of scientists go to the Everglades to do some Creature-fishing. Among the scientists is lovely Marcia Barton (Leigh Snowden), her violent and overly jealous husband (Jeff Morrow), Morgan (Rex Reason), the good and sensible guy, and guide Grant (Gregg Palmer), the young hotshot. All three men have of course the hots for Marcia - which is of course an explosive combination, even if it's easy to guess who will get her in the end ...

Eventually, our group of scientists find the Creature (played in water by Ricou Browning, on land by Don Megowan) ... and the first thing is they burn it half to death. When our heroes later perform surgery on the creature they realize his gills are fatally damaged, but he also has a set of unused lungs, so if they could make him breath through his lungs, he would be saved - of course they succeed too.

The Creature of course does not know that without gills he can no longer survive under water for any longer period of time, and he makes an escape before long, almost drowning in the process, only to be saved by Morgan who dives after him with an oxygen-hose.

Having been saved by Morgan, the Creature shows no more resistance and lets himself be captured and brought to a nearby zoo. Morgan now comes up with some stupid psychological explanations about the creature only being violent when he's seeing violence first ... and really, in the zoo the only time the Creature shows violent behaviour is when he sees a mountain lion attacking the goats from next door - and the only one he attacks is the mountain lion.

Then though, Barton and Grant have a showdown over Barton's wife, and Barton beats Grant to a pulp, then leaves him inside the Creatures cage to divert suspicion. The creature though quickly learns this behavious, breaks out of his cage, destroys Barton's house - which is right next to the cave - and kills him. Then he heads off to the sea - and wouldn't you know it, with Barton and Grant gone, good guy Morgan gets Marcia ...

 

The third and most certainly the weakest part of the Creature from the Black Lagoon films: This one is not so much a sci fi-horror-adventure story but a soap opera (and not a good one) with some very superficial and grossly misunderstood psychology thrown in - and the Creature has been demoted to supporting character in his own film, is not at all spooky anymore, and insome scenes towards the end he even wears cloths. That the film is actually quite competently directed and features decent production values actually works against the movie here, as it distracts from the story's inherent trash factor and makes it nothing more than a boring and pointless film that seems to accidently have a monster in it.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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