ON THE SURFACE – The ‘Gill-Man’ creature of the Black Lagoon struggles to cope with a group of scientists surveying his habitat.
SCRAPING THE BARREL – A young boy in his bedroom struggles to cope with puberty. Don’t hate me for tarnishing a horror classic when it’s all there in front of you already. Creature from the Black Lagoon is all about a young boy (the ‘Gill-Man’) trying to get used to all the changes going on around him thanks to our good friend puberty. A young boy, ugly and ‘half-formed’, discovering (finally noticing the female form) and falling in love with a beautiful woman (Julie Adams)? Check. Jealousy and angst (trying to kill) from the boy towards the more ‘manly’, handsome and properly developed men that the woman is attracted to? Check. A young man desperate to actually touch some boobs? Just look at the way the Creature holds his arms out towards them, hyperventilating and dribbling like a loon! Black Lagoon is the ultimate masturbation fantasy movie, a film in which the young male audience can sympathise with ‘Gill-Man’s desire to be the ugly duckling that the beautiful woman finally falls for. Those beautiful underwater sequences focusing on Adams are so dreamlike and desirable, fetishising her legs and curves (the only woman in the whole film, just like when you fancy that one person so much that you end up not noticing anyone else…), that anyone would be a fool not to try reaching out and grabbing her, just like the Creature does on numerous occasions. At the end of the day, he’s only following example. The rest of the men in the film can’t leave their guns and spears alone (do I really need to spell that one out to you…) and they pop up every time Adams is in danger or needs protecting. The more experienced penis wins over the one that’s only just began to grow. The poor Creature. Just like many young boys, he didn’t know how to handle a beautiful woman, just himself.