Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Director: Jack Arnold Cast: Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
, Julie Adams
Julie Adams
, Richard Denning
Richard Denning
Jack Arnold
Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Director: Jack Arnold Cast: Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson
, Julie Adams
Julie Adams
, Richard Denning
Richard Denning
Jack Arnold

Blu-ray

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Overview

Universal Pictures introduced audiences to yet another classic movie monster with this superbly crafted film, originally presented in 3-D. The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the mist-shrouded Amazon, where they enter the domain of a prehistoric, amphibious "Gill Man" -- possibly the last of a species of fanged, clawed humanoids who may have evolved entirely underwater. Tranquilized, captured, and brought aboard, the creature still manages to revive and escape -- slaughtering several members of the team -- and abducts their sole female member (Julie Adams), spiriting her off to his mist-shrouded lair. This sparks the surviving crewmen to action -- particularly those who fancy carrying the girl off themselves. Director Jack Arnold makes excellent use of the tropical location, employing heavy mists and eerie jungle noises to create an atmosphere of nearly constant menace. The film's most effective element is certainly the monster itself, with his pulsating gills and fearsome webbed talons. The creature was played on land by stuntman Ben Chapman and underwater by champion swimmer Ricou Browning -- who was forced to hold his breath during long takes because the suit did not allow room for scuba gear. The end result was certainly worth the effort, proven in the famous scene where the Gill Man swims effortlessly beneath his female quarry in an eerie ballet -- a scene echoed much later by Steven Spielberg in the opening of Jaws.


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Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2013
UPC: 0025192187803
Original Release: 1954
Rating: G
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 22,632

Special Features

Back to the black lagoon; Production photographs; Feature commentary by film historian Tom Weaver; 100 years of Universal: the lot; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Carlson David Reed
Julie Adams Kay Lawrence
Richard Denning Mark Williams
Antonio Moreno Carl Mala
Nestor Paiva Lucas
Whit Bissell Edwin Thompson
Bernie Gozier Zee
Henry Escalante Chico
Ben Chapman Gill-Man
Ricou Browning Gill-Man (in water)
Rodd Redwing Louis
Perry Lopez Tomas
Sydney Mason Dr. Matos

Technical Credits
Jack Arnold Director
William Alland Producer
Hilyard M. Brown Production Designer
Ricou Browning Stunts
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Harry J. Essex Screenwriter
Fred Frank Asst. Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James C. Havens Cinematographer
Bernard Herzbrun Production Designer
Ray Jeffers Set Decoration/Design
Ted Kent Editor
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur A. Ross Screenwriter
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
William Snyder Cinematographer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Charles S. Welbourne Cinematographer,Special Effects
Bud Westmore Makeup
Maurice Zimm Original Story

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