Die Rache des Ungeheuers (1955)

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Die Rache des Ungeheuers: Directed by Jack Arnold. With John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield, Nestor Paiva. Men capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes.

“No doubt designed to make a fast buck in the 50s, you still get the Gill Man, one of the coolest of all monster designs ever, and a woman to throw cars for and swim thousands of miles for in beautiful Lori Nelson.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEven in a production without much life, the Gill Man still seemsu003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003epowerful and mysterious, and his biological drive to mate with Ms. Nelson is interesting considering the long lineage of sympathetic monsters in love with knock-out blondes and brunettes. Sadly, the idea of the monster, the tragic beast longing for what is impossible to him (Wolf Man, King Kong, the Mummy) is a distant memory in filmdom. There was the recent DARK MAN, and Nicholsonu0026#39;s WOLF, but these are obvious throw-backs to a time when monsters were more than scurrying guerrillas attacking from the shadows or machine-like mass murderers who cannot be killed. I wonu0026#39;t count fluffy-haired vampires, whose allure as suave parasites is not u0026quot;monstrousu0026quot;. A monster, in classic terms, in love with a beautiful woman, is denied her by the facts of their existence. Either because of grotesqueness or species-differences,u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003ethe monster endures pain, capture, and often death in his attempt to carry a Lori Nelson in his arms through a moonlit swamp.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003enIn REVENGE the Gill Man is probed, prodded, and stared at by tourists, definitely the worst fate, though this allows the Creature to establish a magnetic attraction to Lori Nelson. You get a great escape, more Lori Nelson in bathing suits, a big bohunk who has an unhealthy fetish with wrestling the Gill Man hand-to-hand, and lots more Lori Nelson in a bathing suit. What you donu0026#39;t do is watch this movie for any reason but to see the Gill Man thrash in the water and smacku003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003ebohunks…and if youu0026#39;re a fan of the Creature and classic monsters, youu0026#39;ll understand the tragic consequences when youu0026#39;re a walking fish-man whou0026#39;s half-man enough to love a human woman, and whose tears probably would never show, in the depths of the deepest lagoons.”


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