Classic “Creature from the Black Lagoon” surfacing at the Loft on Friday the 12th of Julyby Carolyn Classen on Jul. 08, 2013, under Arts, Life
Showing for one cool week only at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, starting Friday the 12th of July.
An expedition up the Amazon turns into a slimy monster mash in this classic ‘50s chiller, presented in a new DCP restoration in the original 3D format – the terror will be splashing right off the screen and into your lap, so watch out! A team of intrepid scientists (played by 1950’s genre vets Richard Carlson, Julie Adams and Richard Denning ) set off on an excursion up the Amazon to find traces of the Missing Link and his prehistoric past. But the unprepared explorers end up getting more than they bargained for when they run afoul of the fabled “Gill Man” — a half man/half fish with a bad temper and an unhealthy fascination with the beautiful Ms. Adams.
Filled with unforgettably iconic images, the most famous being the oddly romantic synchronized swimming scene between the Gill Man and his lovely prey, Creature from the Black Lagoon was the last of the classic Universal Studios creature features, spawning two Creature sequels (not to mention serving as inspiration for Spielberg’s Jaws), and it’s still a ton of fright-filled fun. Featuring luminous underwater 3D photography and great, jump-out-of-your-seat scares, Creature is still a ton of fright-filled fun. If you’ve never seen this in 3D (or even if you have), you need to make plans to swim on over to The Loft and catch the Gill Man … before he catches you! (Dir. by Jack Arnold, 1954, USA, 79 mins., Not Rated / Suitable for all ages) Digital 3D
I’ve seen this movie recently on DVD, and it is very scary, especially the shots of that blackish lagoon. It used to give me nightmares thinking about creatures surfacing from that dark pool of water. This is not a movie for the faint of heart.