Year Released: 1954
How It Fared Back Then: This major staple in film horror history and original member of the classic Universal monster group was a big hit when it came out in 3D in the 50s. This was the heyday of monster movies and cheesy horror in the U.S. thanks to the government-fuelled Cold War fear. Everyone was afraid of the unknown and the fear manifested itself in invasion and sic-fi monster movies that everyone loved.
Why It’s Lasted: Creature is considered one of the biggest staples in monster movie history, I would say thanks to its truly scary monster!
- The most terrifying underwater scene where our lady lead goes for a quiet swim not realizing the monster is closely trailing her. It’s the most famous scene by far.
- The second most iconic scene where the monster finally gets hold of his love interest and drags her underwater, then to a cave. My worst fear realized.
- The final scene is also so scary and sad at the same time. I don’t want to give it away if you haven’t seen it, but it’s pretty epic.
Does It Still Hold Up? The monster himself is incredible. The suit, the mask and the way the actor moves in it really got me! The boat, sets and lagoon were so effective in making me feel trapped and the underwater scenes are amazing! But don’t underestimate the underlining message of sexism to ruin a good time. Thanks a lot 1950’s.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM1o1xe5FGE]