The Creature Walks Among Us

1956

Horror / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 31%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 3337

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Jeff Morrow as Dr. William Barton
Rex Reason as Dr. Thomas Morgan
Gregg Palmer as Jed Grant
Don Megowan as The Gill Man
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721.52 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 18 min
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Reviewed by twanurit 10 / 10

The Creature Stalks Among Us

This dramatic thriller is intelligent, thoughtful, and terrifying. The Creature is sought by scientists on an expedition to the Florida Everglades, where the second film ("Revenge of the Creature") ended. Unlike the first 2 films (Barge-like boats called "Rita" and "Rita ll"), they are using a better (bigger) boat, a yacht named "Vagabondia lll" (means roaming) from San Francisco. Joining in the expedition is the wife (Leigh Snowden) of a disturbed scientist (Jeff Morrow), who hasn't much to do but be admired by the men around her, including a good scientist (Rex Reason) and an amorous guide (Gregg Palmer). In a suspenseful nighttime waterway sequence using sonar to track him (later well-used in "Alien" - 1979), the Creature is subdued, but only after being burned in a ghastly fire (grilled Gill, fried Fish). The head scientist (Morrow) discovers lung tissue in the Creature, and he is transformed into an air-breathing animal. There is a certain poignancy when he first steps out to his new home in a Sausalito mansion's stockade, walking and seeing a new world for the first time (sheep are also in the electrified enclosure; prior 2 films justifiably limited his land time). The estate overlooks a bay, and eventually he longs to return to the water.

The racial undertones of his new appearance are undeniable. The 6'6" Don Megowan is superb as this "animal" (as Morrow calls him once), expressing torment and despair through a rigid mask with his sullen eyes and settle body gestures. In the last scene, as he stands on the hill overlooking the ocean, injured and breathing heavily, we wonder his thoughts on humans in this film trilogy - after being harpooned, drugged, beaten, imprisoned, set afire, stabbed, shot at, chained, cattle prodded, surgically altered, framed for murder. Yet at last, he is now free to try to return to his natural habitat. Ending is ambiguous and he could survive: 1)"His gills may grow back" - Dr. Morgan 2)Beachcombers could rescue him before he hits the surf 3)He might retreat as soon as he discovers inability to breathe in water.

Main titles are an improvement, finally overlaid on gurgling water, rather than the clouds in prior two films. Another tremendous advance is the simple upgrade of giving the Creature eyes in this movie that move and exhibit some expression, versus the un-moving eyes of the other two movies ("Creature" had blank eyes underwater, fake eyes on land, "Revenge" had frog-like bulbous eyes under and over). The music has been updated and is haunting, and the misty underwater photography in the first half is stunning, best in the series. The whole film is beautifully directed by John Sherwood, with lights, shadows, contrast in exquisite black and white. All the actors are fine, reciting mature dialogue.

The first 2 films together basically re-do the plots of "The Lost World" (1925) and "King Kong" (1933), of venturing into untapped territory, finding and fighting a strange entity, who is enamored with the lone female ("Kong"), bringing him back to civilization, where he escapes and abducts the woman. Sympathy is invoked for the Creature, making this most unusual.

Reviewed by drmality-1 8 / 10

Man is the Monster

In the third and final installment of the "Creature" trilogy, it is clearer than ever that the real monsters are the scientists themselves, with their constant prodding and poking of nature. The Creature is bestial, but no more evil than a wolf or a lion, when you come down to it. He is a natural part of his landscape. But Man is not content to leave him there.

In the first movie, the scientists didn't really know there was a living Creature. That story was one of survival...kill or be killed. In the second film, Man is not content to let the Creature live his isolated existence, so he is captured, brought to civilization and displayed like a sideshow freak. In "Creature Walks Among Us", science now thinks it can "improve" the Creature. As one might expect, the results are tragic.

Millionaire scientist Bill Barton is obsessed with capturing the Creature and "tweaking" him. Barton himself is a seriously unbalanced man...abusive to his beautiful "trophy" wife and insanely jealous when she is in the company of other men. Barton is the ultimate control freak and as his hold over his wife weakens, he increases his control over the Creature, capturing him. When the Creature is severely burnt by a fire, Barton and his team of scientists convert him into a hulking, ungainly land beast that even wears clothes.

The "land" Creature is a pathetic sight and evokes tremendous sympathy. Despite the constant babbling of the egg-heads to the contrary,the Creature is not meant to be a land dweller. Graceful and natural in the water, he is a stumbling, confused brute in the air. Yet his instinct always guides him back to the water where he belongs.

As Barton's marital and mental condition deteriorates, it is also clear that humans are more purely hateful, grasping and neurotic than animals. Finally, both the Creature and Barton erupt into violent conflict.

The movie has its slow spots but is extremely well-directed, almost like a film noir. The scene where the Creature catches fire is breath-taking, but it's the haunting last scene of the movie that will stay with you. At the end, there is nothing "monstrous" about the Creature anymore. He is a victim, pure and simple. This radical concept makes this movie daringly different from almost every other 50's monster flick.

The acting is pretty good, with Rex Reason playing a sympathetic scientist who is the voice of reason. Jeff Morrow (who co starred with Reason in "This Island Earth") is nasty but nuanced as the grasping Barton. Leigh Snowdon is lovely as Barton's sexy young wife and also gives a pretty good performance.

More than just a monster movie, this is thought-provoking entertainment. "The jungle or the stars?" asks Dr. Morgan, concerning mankind's destiny. Watching "The Creature Walks Among Us" doesn't make me too optimistic about the stars...

Reviewed by sol1218 7 / 10

Doctor Barton, Doctor Morgan, Doctor Johnson, Mister Grant!

(There are Spoilers) Third of the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" trilogy but in this movie the Gill Man or Creature is by far the most sympathetic of all the other Creatures in the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" films that he was in. Being badly burned by a can of gasoline as he was captured in the Florida Evergaldes the Creature is nursed back to heath by those scientists who almost killed him. He ends up becoming more human then most humans are both in his physical and biological makeup, his lungs for swimming underwater are now completely useless, as well as his spiritual understanding of life and the difference between Good and Evil.

Brought back to San Francisco to be studied by Dr. Barton, Jeff Morrow, and his staff of scientist the Creatue is like a Buddist Monk. Observing nature and not at all violent towards humans or the animals that are caged along with him.

The Creature looking like he grew a foot taller and gained an extra hundred pounds, all muscles, lost his ability to swim as graceful as an Olympic swimming and diving champion. He just lumbers around his cage like Tor Johnson's Lobo in "Bride of the Monster". As gentle as a kitten when not incited the Creature resorts to violence only when violence is directed towards him or anyone else. As we soon see when the peaceful Creature loses his cool and kills an attacking mountain lion; after the big cat attacked and killed a sheep and then tried to pounce on the Creature.

We also have a sub plot in the movie "The Creature walks Among Us" that's an attempted love affair with Dr. Barton's beautiful young wife Marcia, Leigh Snowden, and one of her husbands staff the handsome Jed Grant, Gregg Plamer. Jed, who can't take no for an answer from Marcia, actions leads Dr. Barton to lose his cool and later smash Grant's head in killing him. The Creature watching all these goings on from the safety of his steel cage minds his own business , while meditating and enjoying the wonders of nature, is driven back to his roots the Law of the Jungle. That happens when Dr. Barton attempts to cover up Grant's murder and dumps his body into the innocent Creature's cage, trying to implicate the totally innocent Creature in Grant's death.

Outraged at not only Dr. Barton's crime of taking a life but even more angry at him for trying to frame him for it the Creature goes completely bananas! Breaking out of his confinement the now mad as hell Creature tears the Barton house, and then Dr. Barton himself, apart as he lumbers towards the ocean where we last see him.

Standing by the shore and looking across the vast Pacific the Creature now knows that man is far too inhuman for his new found humanity. He decides to swim back home, the Black Lagoon?, with a new and better understanding of what life, as well as himself and his fellow living creatures, is all about.

P.S It seemed that the Creature must have re-learned, since when we last saw him, his ability to swim on top as well as underwater with his new found, instead of gills, lungs.

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