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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Before there was CGI: Behind The Scenes Of 1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon (wiki) is a 1954 black-and-white monster film in 3-D; the audience wore viewers with gray polarizing filters, similar to the viewers most commonly used today (although by that time the brief 1950's 3-D movie fad had peaked so many audiences actually saw the film "flat", in 2-D). There were two sequels: Revenge of the Creature (1955), which was also filmed and released in 3-D in hopes of reviving the format, and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), filmed in 2-D. 

IMDB synopsis: A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Background music from this "making of" video is Sloop John B by the Beach Boys, and is totally stuck in my head. The trailer is below.


  1. This was one of my favorite films when I was a kid. Somewhere around 1967 my parents took me on a tour of the movie studios, and the highlight for me was seeing the original creature suit.

  2. So disappointing--no photos of the lovely Julie Adams, who's still with us at 87.

    1. Ms. Adams is well represented in the slide show.

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