|"Isn't he just co cute and helpless? Let's say you and me get some dinner, or maybe just make out while the Gill-Man looks on?"|
Throughout viewing this I couldn’t help but root for Harold as he enacted his “revenge” on the humans who took him out of his natural habitat and subjected him to a series of incongruous and really stupid tests. I wonder if he had had more time with Helen he would try to communicate to her his pain and bewilderment at what her colleagues were doing to him? Would she listen to him or continue to be horrified? How might he conduct himself around Helen to show her he meant no harm to her? Unfortunately we shall never know the thought Harold’s fishy motives because he was never given a chance to express himself.
The Creature Walks Among Us
A group of scientists (who all look and speak alike) travel off the coast of Florida in pursuit of a humanoid creature attacking fisherman. Marsha is the young wife of the captain of the boat and is a thrill-seeker, not letting her controlling husband limit who she talks to or what she does -- although her spirit is admirable, her actions often get her into trouble. She accompanies two other scientists as they search for the creature, and eventually passes out from going too deep.
Their second attempt to capture Harold is successful because they douse him with lighter fluid when he invades their ship and light him on fire. His scales are burned off and in his retreat to the aquatic abode he has made for himself, nearly drowns. His metamorphosis, initiated from the fire, has left him with human skin and capable lungs that he never used before. Two of the scientists are fascinated with this and want to acclimate him to a life on land. There is, for the first time in this trilogy, a voice of reason sympathizing with Harold’s situation being ejected from his world of water and forced to live in another, but of course they just laugh it off and feed him air. Hooray for forced evolution!
The denouement of this flick was a little predictable but never really felt like there was closure on Harold’s fate. I enjoyed this movie not so much for its content but for its potential beyond the end credits. For example, Harold could take on the surname Gilman (a nod to his moniker in Revenge of the Creature), decide he must live among the monsters who made him this way -- humans -- and get a day job. I am so working on a comic strip of this right now.