I was 6 in 1978, and it was thanks to WFFT's late-night film that I became familiar with all the classics in horror. The Creature From the Black Lagoon was one of the first films I saw. To this day, I still find the film enjoyable, regardless of the cheesy script and rubber gill-man suit. It captured my young imagination, and remains one of my favorite classic horror films.
|Trust us. We're scientists!|
|Yeah, baby. You like it wet.|
Throughout the film, I kept hearing what I consider echoes of King Kong from 1933. We have the female love-interest who attracts that attention of the monster. We have the hero who's sense of discovery is tempered by common-sense and his interest in his female companion. We have the financier of the expedition who's ambition and fear failure drive him to take incredible risks and endanger the lives of his crew. Finally, we have the monster who's only real crimes are being a monster and getting turned-on by the first hotty to some his way in a long time.
|I'm a gill-man. Of course it tastes like fish!|
A fun little vintage film, The Creature From the Black Lagoon is one that should not be missed.