Creature from the Black Lagoon

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  • Horror films
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The routine story - members of a scientific expedition exploring the Amazon discover and are menaced by an amphibious gill man - is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster. Interestingly, the threat is perceived as partly sexual (notably in the scene where the creature swims mesmerised beneath the tightly swimsuited Adams), and thus the film can be seen as a precursor of Jaws.

Release details

Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jack Arnold
Screenwriter: Harry Essex, Arthur A Ross
Cast: Richard Carlson
Julia Adams
Richard Denning
Antonio Moreno
Whit Bissell
Nestor Paiva
Ricou Browning
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