“It is my considered opinion that rat No. 4 is sitting inside that cat.” Ha! The jokes on you, Jennings! It’s actually in your pocket. Join this episode’s Grue Crew – Chad Hunt Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr – as they take a trip to Marineland to see the Gill-Man in his second theatrical outing, Revenge of the Creature (1955).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 68 – Revenge of the Creature (1955)
The Creature from the Black Lagoon has been captured by scientists and transported to an aquarium in south Florida. Once there, he becomes attracted to lovely female scientist Helen Dobson and manages to escape and kidnap her, and heads to Jacksonville, with her real-life love in pursuit.IMDb
- Director: Jack Arnold
- Writers: Martin Berkeley (screenplay), William Alland (story)
- John Agar as Prof. Clete Ferguson
- Lori Nelson as Helen Dobson
- John Bromfield as Joe Hayes
- Nestor Paiva as Lucas
- Grandon Rhodes as Jackson Foster
- Dave Willock as Lou Gibson
- Robert B. Williams as George Johnson
- Charles Cane as Police Captain
- Brett Halsey as Pete
- Ricou Browning as Gill-man (Underwater)
- Tom Hennesy as Gill-man (On Land)
- Ginger Stanley as Helen Dobson (underwater stunts, uncredited)
- Clint Eastwood as Lab Technician Jennings (Uncredited)
Universal International Pictures followed up the success of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) the following year with Revenge of the Creature, another 3-D entry to the Univeral Horror catalog. Chad Hunt continues his love for the Gill-man, first revealed in episode 3 of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era. Your loyal Grue-Crew note the differences between this film and its predecessor, both in the pacing of the story and in the Florida setting. They are also impressed by the performance turned in by Lori Nelson as scientist Helen Dobson. Of course, Clint Eastwood also comes up in conversation. They all recommend Revenge of the Creature despite its marked departure from the feel and tone of the first film in the series.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with the 1970s and 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953).
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