The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) DVD Review

creaturewalks1The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

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…

creaturewalks2The 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?

creaturewalks3We find our answers at the climax as the true beast is revealed and Gill Dude practices Feng Shui.

An entertaining piece which perhaps lacks a little more action, but still holds the attention.

5/10

The Creature Walks Among Us released on DVD August 24th from Fabulous Films

creature1The Creature Walks Among Us is to be released on DVD August 24th from Fabulous Films .Following on from the cult monster movie classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, this is the final film in the ultimate B-movie monster trilogy.

Half Monster…Half Man – a clutching claw at the heart of civilisation…

Steven Spielberg has confessed to seeing the Creature films several times during his youth and stated that they were a prime influence on his career.

In all 3 films the Gill Man in the underwater scenes was played by Ricou Browning who directed underwater scenes in Thunderball and Never Say Never Again.

The physical appearance of the Creature is apparently based on seventeenth-century woodcuts of two creatures called the Sea Monk and the Sea Bishop as well as the Academy Awards Oscar statuette.

Forrest J. Ackerman, a horror and science fiction writer for Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, bought the mask and claws of the Creature’s costume from a young man who had once used them as a Halloween costume. The costume pieces were discarded by Universal after production had finished on the three films and were later recovered from the studio’s dumpster by a janitor, who thought the ensemble would make a good Halloween costume for his son.

The Creature, using the name “Uncle Gilbert”, appeared in an episode of the TV series The Munsters (1964) The episode is titled “Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights.”

Synopsis: A group of scientists, led by Dr Barton (Jeff Morrow), take a trip into the Florida Everglades to find the sinister Gill Man, capturing him for further medical experiments-and to utilise his ability to breathe underwater to further space travel. But the rampaging Gill Man pays the team an unexpected visit and is accidentally set on fire. In saving his life, the deranged Dr Barton discovers that the creature has lung tissue and can be transformed to become more human than fish. Put on display as a freak, the modified creature finds little acceptance in an intolerant world and embarks on a trail of revenge and destruction!

Extras: Original Trailer; Stills Gallery; Lobby Card Gallery; Poster Gallery

Release Date: 24th August 2015
Release Type: DVD
Certificate: 12
Running Time: 78 mins
Price: £14.99
Label: Fabulous Films Ltd /Fremantle Media Enterprises