These two sequels were planned even before The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
began shooting. Neither are as good as the original. Both are on the same DVD.Revenge of the Creature (1955)
, directed by Jack Arnold.
Minding his own business in his lagoon in a remote part of the Amazon, the Gill Man is captured and taken to Florida where he is chained to the bottom of a public aquarium for the amusement of tourists and gawkers. Science babe Lori Nelson flaunts herself and sadistic John Agar works him over with an electric prod, trying to teach him things like "No!" and "Stop!", an endeavor of great scientific value.
, when he breaks loose he will rampage, causing mass hysteria while he claws people and turns over classic cars. He also stalks the science babe with intent to carry her off. Breeding issues? Worry about that later.
One of the last 3D films made in that era. Some recycled footage from the first film. Jack Arnold directs again and Nestor Paiva returns as the boat captain. Ricou Browning is again the Creature in the water; a taller actor plays him on land. Browning could hold his breath for four minutes and the swimming stunt scenes are very good.
Otherwise, it's a fairly tedious wait for the Creature to get his revenge. I know whose side I'm on.
Clint Eastwood has his first uncredited bit part as a lab tech.
Chatty DVD commentary track with Lori Nelson and two film historians. They discuss the production but not much about the film as a story, other than to point out that taken together the first two Creature films have a plot parallel to King Kong
.The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
, directed by John Sherwood.
Lurking in the Everglades this time, the Gill Man is harassed by a rich doctor, his psychotic wife and their lunkheaded "scientist" associates. After suffering severe burns, he is stripped of his outer hide and backup lungs are connected. He mopes as a land dweller for a while. When they try to frame him for a murder, he breaks out, gets revenge, and decides to end the series.
On the one hand, it's lower budget and less of a story, leisurely paced, or some might say "padded". On the other, we have beautiful underwater shots, some nice pictures of the Everglades, and a pretty good hunt-and-be-hunted sequence in a boat in the dark. The transformation of the flesh borders on Cronenberg country, but the land creature is mostly just pathetic.
More of a jealously plot this time, and some sexual banter. The creature's land costume makes him look like a plantation zombie. That is so racially suggestive it is barely metaphorical.
Jeff Morrow and Rex Reason return from This Island Earth
DVD commentary track with just the film historians. Again, there is a lot about the series, actors, and production, but little about the story. They point out that this one has the most listenable soundtrack of the three, with young Henry Mancini providing quite a bit of the music.