Creature from the Black Lagoon
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jack Arnold has a flair for this sort of thing, and if there really is anything frightening about a man dressed up in a rubber suit with zippers where the gills ought to be, Arnold comes close to finding it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"When I was a kid, this was the movie monster I wanted to be."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Like Silly Putty, Super 8 is silly fun. It stretches, snaps, and bounces. It's as elastic as pubescent imagination."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"Very neat"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Incluindo um curioso subtexto ecológico, o filme envelheceu bem: pode até não assustar como na época de seu lançamento, mas continua interessante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This adventure has no depth."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"What distinguished Jack Arnold's pictures from mutant spinoffs/knockoffs is even more imperative to sci-fi today than it was in 1954: wonderment."
‑ Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine
"Imbued with great atmosphere by director Jack Arnold, the film is genuinely frightening, but also elicits a certain amount of pathos for the creature."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As directed by Jack Arnold, the film suffers from silly stretches of dialogue and wooden acting, but the underwater footage is still beautiful, and Adams radiates a strong, sexy screen presence."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Great monster suit. Not much of a movie"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The beats of the film are like overused sandpaper, too worn down and tattered to have more than a passing effect."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"The underwater sequences were excellently shot by Havens, and the make-up for the half man, half fish was a masterful creation by Bud Westmore and Jack Keven."
‑ , Film4
"Creepy underwater horror flick. Ahead of its time."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"One of the best of the 1950's creature features. (By a long shot.)"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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