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Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Country:  USA

Director:  Jack Arnold

Main Stars:  John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield

Storyline:  The Creature from the Black Lagoon gets caught and becomes an aquarium attraction.

MV5BMTQxMDU3MjM0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTMzNTQ1MjE@__V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): A group travel to the Amazon to capture the great Creature from the Black Lagoon that killed 5 people in the past. They try with a net but fail so they setup explosions in the lake to get the creature knocked out. It works! So they travel back with the creature for science sake and to become a tourist attraction of freaks.

This is second of the Creature of the Black Lagoon series, this time we have the creature chained by its leg into a holding tank. As scientist try to understand the beast he attacks them. during this we have the female scientist who feels for the beast due to his blood tests are pointing that he is more human than animal. When he does finally escape instead of heading back home from the ocean he stalks the young woman.

Much like the first film we have scenes of the creature swimming, women screaming, gun shots, some choking and arm swinging.

Rating:  No blood and gore but the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon continue his story against humanity. Not as great as the first one but not a horrible sequel.

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5/10 Beers!

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Monster on the Campus (1958)

Monster on the Campus (1958)

Country: USA

Director: Jack Arnold

Main Stars: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt

Storyline: A cut from a primitive fish causes a professor to become a caveman

MV5BMTQ5MzEyOTg5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzU2OTAzMQ@@__V1_SX214_Review (Spoils): The ancient fish called the coelacanth from Madagascar is delivered to research professor Donald Blake (Arthur Franz). Somehow a dog drinks the blood from the body of the dead fish it goes mad like it has rabies. During the research Donald cuts himself on the jagged teeth of the fish and he feels dizzy. During this he passes out and transforms into a man beast of prehistoric time. He kills in his rage killing a number of people that in his way after transformation. He does not remember any of it but through investigation he finds out the fish was preserved with gamma rays. But unfortunately he carries off with the dame young Madeleine (Joanna Moore ) into the woods, shows his transformation but the cops shoot him.

The film is not bad but it comes close to the storyline of the Wolfman. The man beast is just an ugly furry man that resembles a big foot.

Rating: The movie is pro evolution and for that it can be interesting for its time of release. The acting is lame but the giant dragonfly and the man beast itself is worth a glance or a laugh.

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4/10 Beers!

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Country: USA

Director:  Jack Arnold

Main Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell

Storyline:  Scientists search the Amazon River for fossils and awaken the creature from the Black Lagoon. The creature kidnaps one of the scientist’s fiancée Kay and they must track him down to save her.

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Review (Spoils):  Another Universal film and movie monster. This time it is the Gill Man also known as The Creature. I found this film not as great as the others but the film itself is unique and the underwater shots are amazing for its time.  The most classic shot of this is the swimming scene with the beautiful Kay (Julie Adams) where the creature is just beneath her feet. The storyline itself can be a little boring but it opened the door for monster movies in the horror genre. The Gill Man is one of the most recognized monsters from the Universal era.

Rating: This was an ok film not the greatest from the Universal collection but none the less a classic. The monster itself was done by two different people so no credit was made to them but hats off to both Ricou Browning and Ben Chapman for their work.  This is the best of the Gill Man series.

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6/10 Beers!

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