It's taken me 10 years to collect all six of the Monster Legacy Collection sets but with my recent additions of The Invisible Man and Creature From the Black Lagoon I finally did it! I love and recommend these sets because of the painstaking effort they put into restoring and presenting each series comprehensively. Fascinating commentary from film historians is provided for every film.
Though released a good 2 decades after the first Dracula and Frankenstein movies, Creature From the Black Lagoon is now considered one of the classic iconic monsters from the black and white era. This is primarily due to the exquisite design of the "Gill-Man" creature, created by Disney animator Millicent Patrick, though she wouldn't get any credit for it for 50 years.
There's nothing profound to the story following a group of scientists and crew members tracking down a legendary missing link species in Brazil. Aside from a rudimentary crash course on evolution most of the film is padded with lush underwater scenes. Originally released in 3-D, the story takes a back seat to showing off 3 dimensional underwater frollicking.
The monster sure is a cool sight to behold but he isn't particularly frightening. His kills are either shown offscreen or else he administers a quick but efficient face palm of death.
|Take that expendable native guy!|
JPX pointed out the irritating trumpet blare whenever the creature makes an appearance in his review. Not only is this true, but the creature makes many, many appearances. CFTBL is a prime example of a movie where the monster's potential to scare is greatly reduced by too much screen time.
See also Crystal Math's review.