Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Film Review: THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956)


THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US *** U.S.A. 1956 Dir: John Sherwood 78 mins

The third and final entry in the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON series of movies from Universal Pictures sees the creature once again rise from the depths. It would appear that this sequel follows on from the events of the 1955 film REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, as this time scientists are tracking the creature in the waters that he went into at the end of the previous film. As the scientists go on their voyage to capture the creature, they too are also being stalked but by the creature itself.
Once they corner the creature they capture it and bring it on board where they attempt to make it more human like. Such things as the creatures ability to breathe underwater are gone as well as some of its skin turning human like. Bringing the creature back to the home of the unstable Dr. William Barton for further studies, the creature soon breaks out of captivity to seek revenge on his captors and hopefully return to his watery depths. In this day and age of sequels/reboots/remakes etc it is hard to forget that some of the classic Universal Horror movies had some decent sequels themselves. Proof is in the film THE CREATURE THAT WALKS AMONG US, the best of the 'Creature' sequels and possibly the best of all later sequels in any Universal Horror series. There is no moments of dullness throughout because if it isn't whats going on with the creature its the drama going on between those on the boat, more so Dr. William Barton and his delectable wife Marcia Barton, who he clearly has trust issues over. If emotional drama isn't your thing not to worry the creature gives you enough action sequences to keep you appeased right up to the very end. The creature itself was played by 2 uncredited actors: Ricou Browning played the in water creature, while Don Megowan played the creature on land. It is also worth noting that this is the only film out of the 3 'Creature' films that wasn't filmed in 3-D. The last of the 'Creature' movies but a film that is a perfect ending to one of cinemas greatest horror icons.

Review by Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins





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