Hello CInsomniacs and Sleepless Knights! How has your winter been? How many of you can’t wait for Summer raise your hands or leaves? Have you enjoyed this months theme so far? There are numberless things we must catch up on!
MISS MITTENS and I had a great holiday. I was excited to see her on Christmas along with the rest of the Mittens family huddled around in our baskets. We enjoyed Christmas Night with hot cocoa plant food flavored water and gathered to talk about how the family has been….or not been. When MISS MITTENS told me this week’s theme, she unveiled her Christmas present to me for the occasion: REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955)!
Today I decided to watch it for the very first time. Calm down! Calm down! No need to screech at me, Tiny Seedlings. No need to yell, CInsomniacs! It was an honor to watch it for the very first time today. I have been a big fan of THE GILLMAN. It is not everyday horror fans speak about this creature. He is the only one of his kind and only wants to be adored and accepted by society.
Now, I always thought THE GILLMAN had perished in the first film CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. To my surprise, he had not died in the depths of the deep sea beyond. A couple of scientists go into the “Black Lagoon” to retrieve the creature to be studied under the close eye of animal psychologist Professor Clete Ferguson. Upon the capture of THE GILLMAN, it ignites a cluster of reporters and media attention spanning all across the world.
In one particular scene, we meet a future familiar face to westerns and epic cinema characters. Ladies and gentleman, CLINT EASTWOOD as Jennings, the forgetful lab assistant. To be honest, his acting is greatly lacking compared to his future films DIRTY HARRY (1971) and ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979). What do you think about his performance?
The Creature is then placed in an oceanarium or in modern day terms a 50’s version of Sea World where he is studied and oogled by thousands of onlookers who have come to see him as a tourist attraction piece. We are joined by the beautiful ichthyology student Helen Dobson who wants to study the creature herself. Through the many experiments, THE GILLMAN slowly begins to become intrigued by her.
Of course it is not long till Professor Ferguson and Helen begin to fall in love with one another, igniting The GILLMAN’S fury leading to his breaking out of the tank and attacking innocent bystanders attending the show.
He then sneaks into Helen’s dressing room later that night and carries her off to the Lagoon, sending Professor on a huge hunt along with other men to track down the creature. They find them and shoot the creature and the credits roll after the creature swims away to search for love another day.
This sequel was not as impactful as the first film. Much like the cliche that sequels are not as good as the original–this one is true. It is misunderstood in ways of THE GILLMAN’S search but the it is bridging on the bad category. I give his film 5 1/2 out of 10 HYPNOTIC EYES!
Have any more Cinsomniacs or Sleepless Knights tuned into this film? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree with the rating? Would you like Mitch Mittens to do another review? Leave your comments or private message and let us know! If you have a suggestion of another film for MITCH MITTENS to review, leave it in the comments. Thank you for “tuning in” and come back for more MITCH MITTENS REVIEWS!