Ep 29 “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)

This week we watched a Universal classic movie. Note I didn’t say ‘universal.’ The Rogueriffers were divided on this film.


In spite of beautiful, crisp black and white photography and underwater shots that still look gorgeous, the film is narrower in focus than its two sequels and lighter on action.

The result of few locations and the fact that most of the film takes place on a boat moored at the Black Lagoon is that the viewer feels isolated above a dark, mysterious, place. It plays well on most people’s fear of water and of what swims in it that we can’t see.

Still, the movie can drag a little, and some of the effects are lacking. The basic plot is that some scientists, pictured here,


find something that makes them want to scuba dive. There’s more to it than that, but what it boils down to is lots and lots of this (get used to it):


Even the damsel in distress and her swim coach are into it:


Some of us could watch this movie all day, however, thanks to this:


But seriously, don’t watch it all day. You’ll get the bends. No matter what else you do, watch it at least once with us. Go to our audio commentary tracks page and download our commentary so we can walk you through the underwater scenes. After that, go play outside, but stay out of the grotto.


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