Tuesday, August 16, 2011
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
This turned out to be the last of the great Universal studios classic monster flicks and it's a pretty strong way to finish up. The creature is a sort-of proto-evolved, scaly man-beast who has the hots for the way more evolved Julie Adams(who shows as much skin in her bathing suit as mainstream 50's cinema would allow.) There's a bunch of questions that never get answered. Like, why does the creature kill people? If he's a one-of-a-kind creature, how old is he? Does he have genitals or does he drop his sperm on eggs like a fish? I suppose the 50's were the wrong era to ask such questions. I've been lucky enough to have seen this classic in 3-D in theaters twice now and it's definitely the preferable way to view it. In addition to the obvious things shoved in your face the underwater scenes look really sweet. The plot is super simplistic and has become the cliched "searching for a mysterious monster" blueprint but it was the one that made it a cliche so show a little respect you slob. They will inevitably end up remaking this one of these days with some shitty-looking CGI monster but they'll never top the simplicity and style of the original and as with most of these remakes it will be a forgotten footnote while the original will be remembered forever.