Creature from the Black Lagoon
Long before Freddy and Jason stalked across celluloid, there was a creature. A creature from the Black Lagoon! (Cue scary music)
Truth be told, by modern standards the 1954 Creature From the Black Lagoon isn't all that scary, but it's still a lot of fun. It was originally released in 3-D (one of Universal Pictures first in that format) and is a must-see for both horror and classic film lovers.
In the film, a group of scientists venture to the Amazon in search of a fossilized prehistoric creature. But, it turns out, that creature — an amphibious fish-man — still swims among them. The creature is out for blood and has a special interest in the ladies, particularly the lovely Kay Lawrence, played by Julia Adams. The cast also includes Richard Carlson, Richard Denning and Antonio Moreno.
At one point the Gill-man is captured after a murderous rampage, but he manages to escape with Lawrence, taking her to his lair. In a final confrontation, Kay is rescued, and the creature is shot and presumed dead. But is he?
You know it can't be that easy to get rid of a prehistoric maniac fish-man. There are two sequels in which he returns— Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).