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Creature from the Black Lagoon, a review by RossRoy


Creature from the Black Lagoon
 
Original Title: Creature from the Black Lagoon
Year: 1954
Country: United States
Director: Jack Arnold
Rating: NR
Length: 241 Min.
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: French, Spanish

What they say
Who knows what undiscovered life forms inhabit the bodies of water on our planet? When scientists exploring the Amazon River stumble on a "missing link" connecting humans an fish, they plan to capture it for later study. But the creature jhas plans of his own, inspired by the lead scientist's (Richard Carlson) beautiful fiancee, Kay (Julie Adams). This classic thriller is a genuine tribute to imaginative storytelling and an exceptional showcase for the legendary makeup artistry of Bud Westmore.

My Thoughts
Continuing on my journey through the classic monster movies. This time, is was Creature from the Black Lagoon. I enjoyed the film. I found it to have some nice underwater imagery. The gill man suit is well done. The story is kept interesting, with the discovery of a fossilized amphibian hand leading to the expedition to the black lagoon, but it's still a pretty standard monster story. It thrives on its imagery and atmosphere, though this movie is a lot less atmospheric than say Dracula or The Wolf Man. But they still manage to build some tension, especially during the underwater scenes.

I'll say this though. If you ever go through the classic monsters one after another, don't watch Creature from Black Lagoon right after The Wolf Man, Dracula or Frankenstein. On its own, it's a pretty good film, but when compared to the classic three, it pales in comparison and shows flaws you may not notice otherwise.



(From RossRoy's Random Viewings on October 17th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Slap Shot, a review by Antares


Slap Shot





Year: 1977
Film Studio: Universal Pictures, Pan Arts, Kings Road Productions
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Length: 123 Min.

Director
George Roy Hill (1921)

Writing
Nancy Dowd (1945)...Writer

Producer
Robert Crawford Jr. (1944)
Stephen J. Friedman (1937)
Robert J. Wunsch

Cinematographer
Victor J. Kemper (1927)


Stars
Paul Newman (1925) as Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop
Strother Martin (1919) as Joe McGrath
Michael Ontkean (1946) as Ned Braden
Jennifer Warren (1941) as Francine Dunlop
Lindsay Crouse (1948) as Lily Braden
Jerry Houser (1952) as Dave 'Killer' Carlson
Andrew Duncan as Jim Carr
Jeff Carlson (1953) as Jeff Hanson

ReviewSlap Shot.


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(From Slap Shot (1977) on May 12th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Black Adder IV: Black Adder Goes Forth (1989/United Kingdom)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United States)
Length:178 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:


Plot:
The Western Front 1917: There's disorder in the ranks when that numb-headed ninny, Captain Blackadder, stumbles onto the battlefields of WWI and discovers that people are trying to kill him. The British may be able to defeat the Germans, but it's unlikely they'll ever survive a comic assault by Blackadder.

Black Adder
4.01 Captain Cook
Writer: Richard Curtis (Writer), Ben Elton (Writer)
Director: R Boden
Cast: Rowan Atkinson (Captain Edmund Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Private S Baldrick), Stephen Fry (Gen. Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett), Hugh Laurie (Lt. Hon. George Colthurst St. Barleigh), Tim McInnerny (Captain Kevin Darling)

The fourth series is also really great. The World War I setting works surprisingly well. The final scene of the series is one of the best scenes in the entire series.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on March 29th, 2011)