Director: John Sherwood
Starring: Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer.
UK DVD Release – Out NOW from Fabulous Films!
The third and final Creature From The Black Lagoon feature. This time The Gill Man is captured and turned into a breather of air, because his gills are a bit broke and..well, just because. Obviously, the Creature is quite miffed at all of this, but can’t really express himself. If only they could have arranged for therapy.
The disc has extras including picture/poster galleries and a trailer which mostly consists of the final ten minutes.
There is something really endearing about these old black and white horrors. The characters are cut outs and the acting decent, but nothing different to all the other characters and performances that inhabit other movies of this ilk. In fact, I found myself wondering if there was a Creature Feature Performance School that trained budding hopefuls to perform in certain ways when stumbling blindly, or not so blindly, into certain situations. How to look, which way to look, how to ensure your hair is quiffed or tossed in exactly the right way to suit the situation. Which stance to take, how to position hands and feet. Then I started wondering, if there wasn’t such a school and if there still isn’t, maybe there needs to be and maybe I am the man to get it started. Then I got back to the film…
The writer of the original Creature From The Black Lagoon, Arthur A. Ross, returns for this venture and all in all it is a pretty satisfying ride. A boat crew go looking for the creature, because if they didn’t there wouldn’t be a film and upon finding and attacking him have to perform surgery to open his lungs to breathe air like a man, because his gills are damaged (not to lay blame, but if they’d let him be, it wouldn’t have happened). This triggers events which see things go not so well for the crew. And why would they?
Honestly, did these people never hear of Frankenstein??
It all takes a little long to get going, especially considering the audience has been here twice before. We see the creature swim around a bit, but it’s not until around the forty minute mark the story actually starts. It’s all set up before that, which is a little unnecessary as we just wanna see the Gill Dude. This doesn’t spoil the film and I suppose it’s nice that time was taken, even though I imagine the time taken was more to do with budget. Maybe I’m being cynical.
With time running the out the Gill Dude, having been shot by a spear gun, burned and then operated on decides to grab some screen time and get involved in the film. The make up is good, though the poor thing does seem to have a permanently baffled look on his face. Perhaps, he’s puzzled by how little time he’s on screen, especially as he is The Creature of the title. Or perhaps he’s baffled by the claims that he is gentle and less violent because they have treated him kindly, as he stands in a cage that is surrounded by an electrified fence. There is some nice dialogue concerning the nature of man and beast and nature versus nurture. Who is the real monster, the baffle faced Gill Dude or the brilliant minded Doctor Barton?
An entertaining piece which perhaps lacks a little more action, but still holds the attention.