“What was that?” (Assorted animal noises ensue.) You better get out your lever-action rifle and fire a few random shots into the water. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they dive into the third and final adventure of Universal’s Gill-Man, The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 141 – The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
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The Creature is captured and turned into an air-breather by a rich mad scientist. This makes the Creature very unhappy, and he escapes, killing people and setting fires in the process.
- Director: John Sherwood
- Writer: Arthur A. Ross
- Selected Cast:
- Jeff Morrow as Dr. William Barton
- Rex Reason as Dr. Thomas Morgan
- Leigh Snowden as Marcia Barton
- Gregg Palmer as Jed Grant
- Maurice Manson as Dr. Borg
- Ricou Browning as Gill-man – In water
- Don Megowan as Gill-man – On land
- James Rawley as Dr. Johnson
- Paul Fierro as Morteno
- Lillian Molieri as Mrs. Morteno
- David McMahon as Captain Stanley
To this day, all the Universal Monsters remain incredibly popular and beloved with The Gill-Man edging out the others as the fan favorite of many Monster fans. Released in 1954, The Creature from the Black Lagoon would introduce the amphibious “prehistoric beast” just as Abbott and Costello were breathing final life into Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, and the Mummy. All three “Creature” films would be released within 3 years with the first two in 3D while the last did not receive the 3D treatment. The Classic Era Grue-Crew complete their coverage of the Gill-Man with this discussion and review of The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). (Don’t be alarmed when Jeff leaves for a while to get sandwiches.)
The Creature Walks Among Us is a strong finish to Universal’s trilogy of Gill-Man films. At the time of this writing, it is available to stream on The Roku Channel and on physical media as a Blu-ray in Creature From the Black Lagoon: Complete Legacy Collection and other Universal Monster collections.
- Check out these Classic Era episodes for the first two “Creature” films:
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Jeff, will be Stranger on the Third Floor (1940), considered by many to be the first film noir and starring Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr. Is it horror? Well, it’s at least horror-adjacent.
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