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The Creature From the Black Lagoon 3D (1954) 31 Days of Horror   Leave a comment








I love me some Gill-man. I’ve seen it many times, but never on the big screen and never in 3D. Jack Arnold (The Incredible Shrinking Man, It Came From Outer Space) directed a terrific film about a bunch of asshats who come to Gilly’s (I call him Gilly. We’re close.) home in the Black Lagoon and screw everything up. What starts out as an archaeological dig ends up as all out war as the team of scientists led by Mark (Richard Denning) and David (Richard Carlson) compete for Kay (Julie Adams) or themselves. It’s hard to tell. While Mark and David keep busy rattling each other’s sabers, Gilly decides Kay looks pretty good and launches a campaign of his own.

Hey baby, come see my grotto. I got the idea from Hef.

The humans take umbrage and before Jim Morrisson can sing The End, all hell breaks loose and we have a panic on the 4th of July. Wait. That’s wrong. Anyway, I love the film and root like hell for Gilly to waste the mean dudes every time. The 3D effects were fun too. Fish swim at you and the claw scene at the beginning is a trip. The music stands out too. Henry Mancini, Hans Salter, and Herman Stein are all listed as uncredited composers.(?) The main musical effect works and they must have thought so too because they use it over and over throughout the film. I liked it anyway. If you haven’t seen The Creature From the Black Lagoon, you really should. If you can see it in the theatre, please do!

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