The horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon is probably one of the most underrated Universal movie in the genre. Oh, the Gill-Man is always included in the lineup with Dracula and Frankenstein's monsters, but few people ever really sit down and appreciate what a true cinematic masterpiece the 1954 adventure is. The underwater cinematography is still amazing, even by today's standards, let alone almost 60 years ago. Ben Chapman in the creature suit actually moves and acts like a real monster; it's easy to forget that it's just another guy in another costume. (That's what happens when you get someone who makes prosthetics for the military to build you an aquatic menace.) Meanwhile, you have the unforgettable beauty of Julie Adams as the object of the Gill-Man's affection and the dashing Richard Carlson just manning it up all over the place as they investigate the mysterious rumors of a humanoid fish person in the jungles of Brazil. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is presenting the classic in 3D as it was intended, so this is the perfect time to witness a piece of cinema history before Universal hits us with a reboot next year.
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11 a.m. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. Free.
Wed., July 24, 11 a.m., 2013