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- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 29, 2000
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Tom Weaver - Film Historian
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Stills/Photos: Production Stills
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Carlson & Julie Adams|
|Performer:||Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Syd Mason & Ricou Browning|
|Directed by||Jack Arnold|
|Edited by||Ted J. Kent|
|Screenwriting by||Harry Essex & Arthur Ross|
|Composition by||Herman Stein, Hans J. Salter & Henry Mancini|
|Produced by||William Alland|
|Director of Photography:||William E. Snyder|
Jack Arnold has a flair for this sort of thing, and if there really is anything frightening about a man dressed up in a rubber suit with zippers where the gills ought to be, Arnold comes close to finding it. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Imbued with great atmosphere by director Jack Arnold, the film is genuinely frightening, but also elicits a certain amount of pathos for the creature. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- This adventure has no depth. Full Review
New York Times
The underwater sequences were excellently shot by Havens, and the make-up for the half man, half fish was a masterful creation by Bud Westmore and Jack Keven. Full Review
An obvious influence on JAWS' opening scene, this sexually suggestive chiller deals with an Amazonian scientific expedition that discovers a scaly Gill Man.
Rating: 2/5 -- The beats of the film are like overused sandpaper, too worn down and tattered to have more than a passing effect. Full Review
It makes for solid horror-thrill entertainment. Full Review
A research team digging in the Amazon comes across the fossilized hand of a human fish creature. That night, the creature emerges from the swamp to kill. So begins one of the more recognizable classics of the science fiction and horror genres. Shot originally in 3-D, this has been a late-night TV hit for decades. The hand makes its way back to the oceanographic institute and soon conscientious scientist David Reed (Richard Carlson), greedy scientist Mark (Richard Cunha) and the beautiful girl they fight over, Kay (Julia Adams) are heading up the Amazon to find more fossils. Instead, of course, they run into the real thing, and terror begins. While Mark and David fight over what to do next, the creature falls in love with Kay, and makes plans of his own. Island diver Ricou Browning plays the creature in the spectacular underwater scenes, the highlight being a beautifully creepy scene of Kay going for a swim, while the smitten creature swims along below her, transfixed. The pounding, horrific score is credited to conductor Joseph Gerhsenson but was actually written by a team of composers, including Henry Mancini.
- Originally released in 3-D.
- One of the first films to use sophisticated underwater footage. The underwater photography by Charles S. Welbourne was considered state-of-the-art at the time of the film's release.
- Joseph Gershenson's score became a standard on the TV series "Creature Features."
- Fred Frank was the assistant director; Joan St. Oegger was the hairstylist.
- Additional cast: Bernie Gozier (Zee) and Henry Escalante (Henry).
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