Thursday, April 3, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: C is for Creature from the Black Lagoon

My A-Z post on Classic Monsters features the letter "C" today and the monster my husband suggested was the Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Why?  Because he is without a doubt a considered a classic monster in this genre.

Who is the Creature from the Black Lagoon? 

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, also known as the Gill-man was based on folklore of sea monsters which were "half-fish and half-human that lived in the Amazon river."  Now, I've also heard the Gill-man was most likely an alien sighting. Whatever the thing is, he looks a bit too cuddly to be creepy, but that's by today's standards. I think the black and white film treatment made the monster look super scary or possibly more believable back in the 1950's.  Don't you agree?

About the Classic Film: Creature from the Black Lagoon

This movie is one of the sci-fi classics. It had three sequels to this original which says something about its ability to generate dollars and repeatedly entertain fans--then and now. From IMDB storyline section, The Creature of the Black Lagoon is about, "A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love."

Like King Kong, this film too has mass appeal with a storyline that featured a creature falling for a human. Good God even after all this time, that storyline--when done well -- doesn't get old.

A Remake of the Creature of the Black Lagoon?

There was at one time discussions to have remake of this classic film, but from what I last read it's still in the works. Universal has supposedly started this project selecting Director, Breck Eisner, and one of the screenplay writers is Gary Ross (whose father, Arthur Ross, was incidentally was one of the writers on the 1954 original film.)  Crazy huh? Read more about the collaboration via This movie has been in the works since 2008 (if not earlier) and I hate to say this, but from what I've read, I'm not sure it's going to happen. It seems to be in limbo hell. Oh, well. Maybe it wasn't meant to be.

What do you think? Ever seen this film? Do you agree the Creature of the Black Lagoon is a classic monster?  Would you go see the remake?


Timothy Brannan said...

It has been years since I have seen this movie. I really need to check it out again.

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Glenda Cates said...

These types of movies are not ones I watch but my husband does and he enjoyed your post lot. Thanks for writing it.

N J Magas said...

The remake better have amazing CG. No excuses in this day and age. :P I've never actually seen the original. My mom used to watch all the old black and white creature features, but I was a little whimp back then and couldn't stomach them.

Sophie Duncan said...

This is another movie I've seen in bits, but not all the way through. From what I've seen, it does have the scream factor, but I'm concerned about a remake (let's face it, I'm always concerned about remakes, because Hollywood isn't know for its ability to improve on the original).
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Laura Clipson said...

I've never seen this one, but I've heard of it enough times to believe it's a classic monster.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I would LOVE it if they'd do a remake. It's such a classic, and I love seeing them come back to life.

Mich said...

I feel like a remake would just be over-funded Hollywood gore with no-name actresses with big boobs. :/

Keep the classics classic

djinnia said...

i've seen the movie, but it's been years. i love all those 50s b&w horror/sci-fi movies.

my all time favorite has to be day the earth stood still.

Tonja said...

I love cheesy old-school monster movies. :)

klahanie said...

Greetings human, Mina,

Little creature, here :) My human has seen the original of the Black Lagoon. Based on what he's told me, a remake might still happen. My human could star in it without needing make up.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

James Garcia Jr. said...

Too funny! I had to stop by because my wife (who leaves the horror stuff to me) was creeped-out as a kid because of that film. She has never forgotten it. Seems kind of silly now, of course. They'd have to really do something with it in order to make it work today. I'd be curious to see how they would do it.
Thanks for sharing, Mina.


Heather Holden said...

I haven't seen Creature from the Black Lagoon, but I really should someday. I love classic horror films like that!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I remember watching this as a child and feeling so sorry for the monster. He's definitely a classic.
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Watched all the monster movies as a kid, including these. It's old enough a remake might be all right now. I do think the black and white helped with the realism.