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The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:45 pm    Post subject: The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) Reply with quote




The second sequel to "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" manages to achieve a bit more originality than "The Revenge of the Creature".

During the creature's capture it becomes badly burned, and two scientists (Jeff Morrow and Rex Reason, both from "This Island Earth") operate on the monster to save its life.

During surgery the scientists discover that the creature possesses a second layer of non-aquatic skin beneath the burned outer layer and a dormant set of lungs. After the scientists stimulate the creature's lungs, it undergoes a dramatic transformation, developing more muscle tissue and a new skin surface -- all of which make it capable of living on land.

Jeff Morrow's inhumane treatment of the creature eventually causes it to go beserk; the climax is a great scene in the which the monster literally wrecks the furniture in a house!

The land-bound creature is played by Don Megowan ("Creation of the Humanoids"). Terrific music, credited to the great Hans Salter (portions of which are available on album). Directed by John Sherwood ("The Monolith Monsters") from a screenplay by Arthur Ross (who co-wrote the original).

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Brother, if this wonderful trailer doesn't inspire Rick to relate a great story about the day he saw this movie at the LeRose Theater, I swear I'll sneeze while wearing my space helmet in front of 20 witnesses! Shocked


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:25 am    Post subject: Re: The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:

. . . After the scientists stimulate the creature's lungs, it undergoes a dramatic transformation, developing more muscle tissue and a new skin surface -- all of which make it capable of living on land.

. . . The land-bound creature is played by Doug Megowan ("Creation of the Humanoids").

It's Don Megowan. And I guess that bit about "developing more muscle tissue" explains how the poor Gill-Man got six inches taller and a foot wider in the shoulders. Megowan was a big guy!


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Correction made on that name, sir! Very Happy

I thank you, the creature thanks you, Don thanks you, and Doug would thank you too, but apparently he's just a figment of my imagination. Shocked

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I found this rather striking picture of the original gill man suit, accented by the dramatic lighting. It a promotional piece for the old Castle 8mm films.



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The 3rd film in the Creature From the Black Lagoon trilogy, after Revenge of the Creature (55). This goes into a different direction as the Creature sheds some of its fish-like outer appearance after a fire and begins to look a bit more like a human, and with human lungs. The Creature, therefore, can longer live in the waters, lending a depressing tone to the overall film.





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Check out the feet the artist put on the creature in the poster above. Not exactly the "swim fins" the creature actually had. I realize that the creature was greatly changed in this movie, but the change tended to make him a bit more human, so his fingers and toes were less like claws, not more so.
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