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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day didn’t come here to fight monsters. It’s not equipped for it.

Update: An eagle-eyed reader named Mark Hodgson caught a mistake here. This shot is not from Creature, but from Revenge of the Creature. Now that he points it out, it's fairly obvious, but cut me a little slack. It's been ages since I've seen Revenge. The picture is still awesome, but let the record state this is from Revenge of the Creature.

Original post below:


Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

There are some great shots of Creature From the Black Lagoon, some of which have been featured here, but today’s behind the scenes look is a special one. This comes from a family member of one of the crew and is a bit more obscure than a lot of other Creature shots.

Composition, framing and subject are all top notch. I love the onlookers, which makes this photo feel like something out of a Sea World trip… instead of feeding dolphins some dead fish, these guys are gathered around to look at one of the most unique critters ever photographed.

It really is a fantastic pic for a fantastic movie. Enjoy!

Thanks to Nick Clark (whose great-grandfather is the still photographer in the below show) for sending this one along! Click to embiggen!




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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is more for mom than for dad. Sorry, pops, but you get the rest of the day.

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  • June 18, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    First in the pool!

    by Franck

  • June 18, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Great pic

    by Franck

    worth remaking, maybe by Peter Jackson, with an emphasis on the creature's history.

  • June 18, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Not CFTBL

    by Cnemi

    I think this pic is from Revenge of the Creature.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    John carpenter wanted to helm the remake years ago

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    80's carpenter would have rocked a remake, modern carpenter would have syfy'd a remake Universal seems hell bent of reviving all of it's horror franchises so We'll likely see this sooner rather then later, probabaly directed by len wisemen and staring hayden christianson as the creature

  • June 18, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I prefer Blue Lagoon

    by Mr Soze

    With Brooke Shields naked tushy

  • June 18, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by Jobacca

    But dont tell the cats at Universal or they will rape the Gillman to death with a remake. Did anyone here catch the Creature live-show they did at the Universal parks a few years ago? They actually flew in Julie Adams and her kids and grandkids for the premiere,which featured sex and fart jokes and a climax where the lusty Creature was shot full of viagra and grew to super-size. Abomination doesnt begin to cover it. The Universal Monsters BUILT Universal Studios,yet they still get treated with nothing but contempt....even during the Universal Nights of Horror Halloween shows. I wish Guillermo Del Toro would just work out a deal to buy 'em all and then remakes them with the care they deserve.

  • June 18, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    IF they were to remake this, and I'm not saying Universal should

    by Ted Knight

    Please use the ‘man in suit’ concept and don’t update the Creature very much! No dreads either! (see the Universal Stage Show version). I nominate Emily Blunt for the Julie Adams role and while there at it just slap an R rating on this sucker & give Blunt a nude swimming rendezvous with the Gill-man.

  • June 18, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Universal City gave the Creature long "hair" and made him sing?!!

    by MooseMalloy

    Man, I'm glad I had already been kicked out of L.A. before that happened.

  • Something about 'Creature' really sticks with me for some reason. Don't get me wrong. I think Frankenstein is arguably a better crafted film, but there's something about this guy. I think it's because he scares me most. He's perhaps the least human of the lot, and I guess that makes him all the more terrifying. He acts out of primal instinct with little understanding of or regard for humanity, which when compared to the foolishness of the actual humans in the film, is somehow more -- honest? I guess that word will suffice. Anyways, I could go on and on. It's one of my all time favorites. Thanks for posting!

  • June 18, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Creature 2012

    by zinc_chameleon

    could be done very realistically, using what we know of genetic engineering. The big questions is: "do you want to start with a monster, or create one piece by piece, as in Outer Limits episode 'The Architects of Fear'"?

  • June 18, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood appears briefly in the second Lagoon movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    He's a lab technician in one scene (he also appears in Tarantula). I actually would love to see a modernized Creature From The Black Lagoon if they stuck to the man-in-suit approach throughout (even the swimming scenes don't require CGI if you have an underwater stuntman as good as Ricou Browning) and respected the material. The 80's Gillman costume from The Monster Squad (designed by Stan Winston) was pretty awesome. Someone like Guillermo Del Toro would make a terrific Gillman movie (but just keep it FAR away from that CGI-abusing hack Stephen Sommers).

  • June 18, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Where'd my hat go?

    by Rogue Trooper

    I was definitely wearing a hat when I got in the pool...

  • June 18, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    The missing hat

    by tbrosz

    I get the idea that the actor is covering his head to keep the hot sun off the top of that dark rubber mask. He could probably use a nice, wide-brimmed hat. Would have made a better photo, too.

  • June 19, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    My favorite classic monster.

    by disfigurehead

  • June 19, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I see it as him adjusting his headpiece.

    by planetran_fan

  • June 19, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Swamp Thing > Black Lagoon

    by Mel

    If for no other reason that its got a pair of magnificent juggs in it.

  • June 19, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    No ass grab in this one?

    by Dennis_Moore

  • June 19, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    It's not enough to have a monster in a movie these days.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    You gotta have fucking thousands of them.

  • June 19, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    The greatest creature design ever. FACT!

    by v3d

  • But that Swamp Thing suit is sub par.

  • June 19, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I hope they consult Barstowe for the remake...

    by zinc_chameleon

    His 'Homo Aquaticus' design is truly beautiful. The Creature needs to be thought through like Giger' Alien: horrific and beautiful at the same time. And of kingly bearing, not some skulking animal. And of course, he has to have sex! With the lead actress! And a couple of babes who were hired as extras! That will make it equal to European Swamp Thing.

  • June 20, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Lets not forget Abe Sapien as portrayed by Doug Jones

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    ..not a shabby "gillman" either.

  • June 20, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Lets also not forget Stan Winstons Gill Man

    by fbarich

    From the Monster Squad - an awesome homage...