Saturday, October 18, 2014

Up from the depths of unknown waters...

...comes a creature to confound science and terrorize the world! The Creature from the Black Lagoon will shock you with its stark realism of perfected 3-Dimension! Or so promises its provocative trailer:

Pass Creech popcorn! And Sno-Caps!
Many people don't realize the film was shot in 3-D because by the time of its release in 1954, the fad was already close to running its course, so many theaters projected it in 2-D. Even so, Creature's sequel, 1955's Revenge of the Creature, was also filmed in 3-D in an unsuccessful stab at reviving the format. Renowned horror/sci-fi director Jack Arnold helmed both projects, as well as Universal's first-ever 3-D film, 1953's It Came from Outer Space. Although Arnold's films certainly contain fun, campy elements that align them with other so-bad-they're-good sci-fi/horror films of the era, his are genuinely good and often artful. Along with Creature, his Tarantula, The Incredible Shrinking Man, and It Came from Outer Space are classics.

To continue our celebration of Creech's birth year, today's creature feature is performed by Switzerland's garage punk kings The Monsters! This one is from The Creature's perspective, 'cuz everyone deserves their say, right? Even if they are an aquatic man-beast from the dawn of time.

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