Directed by Jack Arnold
Starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno
I’m digging way back to the past today, but yesterday I thought of this film and decided to revisit the movie. I am a fan of classic monster movies. I knew them as Universal’s Monster movies and they included Dracula, The Mummy, and others. But I admit I’m intrigued with the ocean or underwater creatures and in this film the monster lives underwater.
The story is simple. A group of geologists find a fossil and decide to go to a marine biology institute. There a creature that lives under the lagoon begins to stalk the group and especially the girl that travels with them.
There is a special charm to classic movies, for example, take Planet of the Apes, yes technology makes the apes do more, but still the original movies have a better feel to them and it’s because of the makeup. The same goes for horror, now they can do so much but there is a quality and scare factor to classic films and the make-up. I am not against technology because it does provide for a lot of cool things in films, but in some things, I prefer classic films with little special effects. There are some great underwater scenes in this movie. There is a scene where the woman swims and the monster swims below her and the way it is shot looks amazing. The story itself is classic in a way, nothing out of the ordinary but it works for an entertaining film.
This film remains among my favorite monster movie. I love the creature’s costume and the underwater scenes for the time it was done look just great.