So when I saw today’s one-word prompt, “creature,” I thought about the 1954 horror movie, “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
It was about a group of scientists who discover the remains of a mysterious animal in a remote South American jungle and are determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. It is during their journey that they come across a scaled swamp creature.
The movie was a horror movie and I was still a bit too young to see it when it first came out. But it was shown with some regularity on television in the late Fifties and Sixties.
There’s a new, highly acclaimed movie out now, “The Shape of Water,” that’s been nominated for thirteen Acadamy Awards, I think. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s a tale about a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank at a hidden, high-security government laboratory in Baltimore in 1962.
Hmm. A mysterious, scaled creature from South America? At first I thought it might have been a remake of that 1954 horror flick. But after reading some of the reviews, it turns out to be something of a love story. A mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in that Baltimore laboratory discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank.
I haven’t seen “The Shape of Water” yet, but I probably will before the Oscars are televised next month. But I find it interesting that the basic premise of a Fifties horror flick has been contemporized into a love story between a human woman and a scaled creature.
Of course, religious conservatives are now demanding that “The Shape of Water” be boycotted because it promotes the mixing of species. And the Trump administration is already planning an executive order banning the immigration of mysterious, scaled creatures from shithole South American countries.