Book Review: The Creature Chronicles

creaturechroniclesThe Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy
Published by McFarland, 2014. 408 pages.
By Tom Weaver, David Schecter, & Steve Kronenberg

This should be a very simple review. If you want to know anything about Creature from the Black Lagoon, or its two sequels, Revenge of the Creature and/or The Creature Walks Among Us, then just buy this book. Just about anything and everything you need to know about those films is in this book. Tom Weaver, along with Schecter and Kronenberg, have researched and compiled so much information, from the cast and crew, premieres, design teams, press, music, down to all the screenwriters involved in them, all here in this book. It even has an introduction by Creature star Julia Adams.

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Horror History: Jack Arnold

JackArnoldJack Arnold
Born Oct. 14th, 1916 – Died March 17th, 1992

Arnold is another unsung hero in the horror and sci-fi film genre. He started his movie career as a documentary filmmaker, even being nominated for an Oscar for his work. After a couple of feature films, he directed the one that would start his rise as a great sci-fi / horror film director, It Came From Outer Space  (1953). While very creepy, this alien invasion was much different than the other films at the time since this wasn’t really an “invasion” film at all. His next film would make him an even bigger name, creating another classic Universal Classic Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). He would later go one to direct its sequel Revnge of the Creature (1955), Tarantula (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and a couple other minor titles.

With his films, Arnold tried to show audiences that maybe these aliens, creatures, and strange people were not as threatening as we’d like to think. And that message can still be seen and felt even today, all those years later. That shows just how good of a filmmaker Arnold was.