Thursday, June 6, 2013
Randomly tonight, one of my favorite movies from my childhood popped onto AMC and it wasn't what you might expect it would be. Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) has a special place in my heart probably because its the only scary movie that I've watched more than once. Its plot revolves around a simple premise that there's a half-man, half-reptilian creature lurking in the depths waiting to grab your ankle as you swim - a thought that still evokes terror in both me and my sister. Because, after all, scientists are finding new species all the time, right? Just because most of them are thimble-sized frogs doesn't mean that one of them couldn't be the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Add all the CGI effects you want - for me, there's nothing scarier than being pulled beneath the surface of the water by an as-yet-unknown species. Even if, deep down, he just wants a friend. (From what I recall of our screenings of this flick in years past, I think we decided that the Creature might not be a bad guy - just misunderstood and perhaps a little lonely. I don't remember if there was a Mrs. Creature but I don't think there was... even for the CFTBL, a lifetime of celibacy is probably a dismal thought.)
I don't have a really clear recollection of why this movie was one of 5 we had when VCRs were still new - maybe it was a give-a-way and maybe my parents wanted us to have a healthy fear of the water (my dad was always trying to put a little fear into my sister and me to keep us out of serious physical harm- don't stand behind horses, no running by the pool, perhaps his more subtle message was 'don't wade into murky waters'... could he have meant the Inner Harbor?? Hell, if there is a Creature - that's where he lives. Count on it.)
But one thing is for certain - we can't be the only family out there that has a weird affinity for some random early fifties horror flick. Okay, maybe yours isn't a horror movie and maybe its a tad more current (or not!) - but what's that movie that only you and your family (insert 'friends' here as appropriate) understand? Figure it out - and then try and track it down. It's going to rain this Saturday (buckets people - get your sump pumps ready!!) so plan ahead and re-watch something you used to love. I certainly enjoyed it!!