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Review - Creature Walks Among Us

The Creature Walks Among Us

starring: Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden with Gregg Palmer and Maurice Manson.

Blurb: Once again, scientists underestimate the Creature, this time in a failed surgical attempt to transform him from a mutant into a human. Being able to live on land is not enough to make the Creature comfortable with humans. Enraged, he turns his wrath on anyone who comes near as he desperately tries to return to the deep-water world where he truly belongs. Highlighted by the original's eerie underwater photography and distinctive makeup, the film is an enduring tribute to the series' inventive creators.

Where We Are: First the Gill-man was nearly captured by a group of scientists in the Amazon, but was able to drive them away after getting shot full of lead and left to die in its home Lagoon. Then another group of scientists invaded the Lagoon again, this time managing to trap and transport him for study to Florida. He manages to escape to the Everglades, after being shot... again. Now.... (we have spoilers)

Scene 01: A cute little sportscar speeds over what looks like the US1/Overseas Highway connecting the Florida Keys with the mainland. In it (switching to back projection in the background) are a man in the passenger seat looking uncomfortable and a young woman driving and clearly enjoying the speed and freedom of being behind the wheel.

Scene 02: They turn to a squealing stop in front of some sort of large yacht. The woman (Marcia Barton) leaves the car and her husband (Dr. William Barton) to rush aboard the yacht, where she greets a group of three men. They'll be introduced as having been gathered by her husband (Dr. Thomas Morgan, Dr. Borg, & Dr. Johnson). Also aboard is ship's captain, Captain Stanley and all-around deckhand/scumbag, Jed Grant.

We're immediately made aware that Dr. Barton did not want his wife to join the expedition, but that she insisted and he gave in. The marital stress is obvious in the Barton marriage just from the way the wife and husband exchange glances with one another. We'll discover the reason for their marital issues later....

Dr. Barton, obviously wealthy, immediately takes charge of things and they go to the "lab" to check on equipment aboard before getting underway.

Scene 03: It's also obvious that in addition to being wealthy, Dr. Barton is a bit of an arrogant asshole, so it should be fun to spend the next 1 hr, 19 minutes in his company. (that would be sarcasm)

Commentary: Why did and do filmmakers believe we want to spend time with people who we loathe? I really don't get it.

Dr. Barton condenscendingly compliments Dr. Morgan (geneticist) on his arrangement of surgical instruments in a glass cabinet (add 'smug' to Dr. Barton's descriptives). Dr. Barton states he didn't mean to offend, it's just unusual to find anyone anymore who does things exactly right (he's also a perfectionist - how long do we have to spend with this man?).

Grant was apparently brought on board because he knows the general area of the Everglades to search for the Creature and because we need a secondary villain (hint: it involves the wife) to want to see get killed by the Creature.

Here, under the pretense of informing Grant, the audience learns how they plan on capturing the Creature this time via Dr. Morgan clue-ing in Grant... and it's a repeat of what the first expedition's Dr. Reed tried to keep the Gill-man off of him when he was trying to unblock the entrance to the Black Lagoon (Rotonol under pressure).

Grant expresses doubt that it'll be enough to knock out the Creature, but the discussion is interrupted by the ship's Captain who has been waiting for orders to get under way. Reminding (for the second time) Dr. Barton that the ship is ready, they get moving....

Scene 04: The ship, which oddly after the Rita, Rita II and Porpoise III doesn't seem to get named, travels down the river and I gotta say, that's one fine yacht. Below decks, we get an explanation of the sonar that they'll use to track the Creature's movements to make it easier to find (probably because it's a 50's audience, this explanation comes across as an info-dump for the audience's benefit).

The explanation of how the sonar works (actually, I think that all that needs to be said has conveniently been said) is interrupted by the sounds of rifle fire from above deck.

Scene 05: At the rail, Mrs. Barton is firing off her gun at the water. She's excited when the men rush up to find out what is happening, "Sharks... got two of them!" Dr. Barton looks constipated. (And, Liz Kingsley is ready to bitch-slap the silly woman)
Mrs. Barton tells Grant that she's been hunting all over the world, when he acts a bit condenscending toward her. Dr. Barton, though, takes the gun from her and points out that this is one trip when she'll have to be a spectator.

The Captain interrupts, but Marcia is clearly annoyed that she's being treated like 'the girl' by her husband, giving us our first hint into why their marriage may be less than solid.

Grant takes the opportunity after the deck has cleared of the other men to prickishly imply that her husband must be awfully rich to afford to "own" her. Obviously Marcia is quite a few years younger than William, adding to the stress of the marriage (I'll just tell you here that he turns out to be insecure and possessive, sure that she's on the verge of cheating on him at any minute despite evidence to the contrary).

Scene 06: By the way - Grant, you ain't that hot. In fact, if I were Marcia my eye would wander over Dr. Morgan...

Anyway, the yacht has to drop anchor, so the men take a launch to travel further up the tributary into the Everglades. They dock at a small village.

Scene 07: Visiting a handicapped man, an eyewitness to attacks on the Everglades' community by the Gill-man, the unfortunate tells his first person account of being mauled by the Creature. It turns out that Grant isn't all-prick, all the time as we find that he's given money to Morteno to help him and his wife get by since he obviously cannot fish anymore. Also, this village is Spanish, so I'm assuming that they're Cuban transplants.

Naturally, being ethnic, his tale is full of "diablo" and "devil" talk and also, he speaks in semi-broken English. The gist is that he stabbed the Creature with his knife which is why he's alive, and he offers the blade to the scientists to inspect.

Scene 08: Back at the shipboard lab, Dr. Johnson is looking under a microscope at a blood sample obtained from the knife blade. Dr. Johnson is able to confirm that it is the Creature's blood using data from Ocean Harbor (from the last movie). And, this is really where Dr. Barton and the movie's plot goes off the rails. For reasons that I don't quite grasp, Dr. Barton is excited by a plan to change the Creature into "a new form of life"... forcing to toward being more human, believing that the information gained if successful will help mankind develop to be more compatible with space travel... Yeah - good luck making that leap.

Commentary: I just wanted to insert a break here, so you could go back and re-read Dr. Barton's plan. Please tell me why they couldn't come up with a better rationale for this movie.

I will give Dr. Barton props for recognizing mankind's over-consumptive habits and his affect on the ecosphere, but this whole plot is still goofy as shit. Dr. Morgan agrees with me, but Barton is paying the tab and he's adamant on this whole "create a whole new form of life to improve man for space travel" idea. By the way, 'Rex Reason'... really?

Alas, Dr. Morgan's arguments for not messing with the Creature's blood chemistry is just as ludicrous as Dr. Barton's reasons for wanting to - basically, he's arguing with leave Nature alone to take her own sweet time with natural selection, which makes me wonder why he went into the biological sciences in the first place, if that's his attitude.

Anyway, Dr. Barton offers to relieve the others of their commitments to the mission, but they none of them are ready to give up the chance to study the Gill-man, even if Dr. Barton sounds like a mad-doctor.

Scene 09: Fade into an establishing shot of the yacht on the water. On deck, Morgan and Grant are decked out in scuba equipment for an equipment test underwater. Mrs. Barton wants to be of use and has changed into her swimsuit. The men object to the danger of the deep dive they may be performing, but she tells them that she's dived before and she wants to help (do I even have to say that her husband vehemently objects to her being out of his sight). Just as naturally, we have more man-flesh, in tight shorts.... I also have to say, it looks like Rex Reason's dinger is a bit too clearly noticable in those white, tight shorts too.
Not that I object.

Her husband's "I told you no" doesn't work and she goes on the excursion. Good for her, I say. Oh, and if the ship's name has been eating you up, it is "Vagabondia III". Glad we got that cleared up!

Scene 10: After far too long watching everyone climb down the ladder and into the water, we finally cut to below surface. Our three begin their dive. Rex is armed with a speargun, while Grant gets the drug-under-pressure shooter. Marcia gets no equipment, of course. In the meanwhile, Dr. Borg (who is in charge of the scope) tests his view of them on sonar.

They are also equipped with underwater radios. Swim, swim, swim, blip, blip, blip....

Swim, blip, swim, blip....

There's a lot of cutting between our divers and the sonar-scope. The Creature makes a quick appearance behind them and we get our (in)famous blaring monster-sting of music to let us know that we should now jump.

Somehow, it doesn't appear on scope yet, even though a manta ray farther down does. I don't know, I'm not an expert on 50's era sonar, so I suppose the scope has to be carefully calibrated... or this is just a lame attempt to generate tension by not having the scope immediately pick up that the divers are being followed.

The divers look around themselves, as the Creature is now on the scope (apparently) but don't see the Creature since its in a mess of sea plants on the bottom of the bay. The divers head deeper.

Scene 11: Mrs. Barton can be seen falling behind the men as it appears she's trying to relieve some pressure on her eardrums. Which isn't easy to convey underwater, but watch her hand pinching her nose... I take it she's blowing against her blocked nostils. Anyway, we get a shot of the creature in frame, spying on them from the seaweed bed, but the scope isn't exact enough for Dr. Borg (what a great name!) to inform the divers that it's RIGHT THERE (oooo, the excitement is building!).

Scene 12: Dr. Borg informs the divers that the image is moving downward.

Commentary: Honestly, the whole dots-on-the-scope thing is boring and useless. As the audience we can't tell what it's supposed to be saying anyway, so repeatedly showing us the scope reading is pointless time filler. And, it's annoying.

At 210 feet, Dr. Borg is amazed. And they lose track of the Creature again, when it swims under an intervening rock shelf.

Scene 13: In the meanwhile we get a close up of Marcia who is beginning to look a bit woozy. She starts swimming around in a dreamlike state (nicely realized by the camera man swimming through bubbles intercut with her 'ballet swimming'). Suffering from nitrogen psychosis now, the men don't realize that she's swimming around in her own little joy-world.

Lovely for her, but for us, it's just more of the 'beautiful girl swimming ballet' that we've already seen in both 'Black Lagoon' and 'Revenge of....' which is unfortunate. But the underwater photography remains outstanding.

Scene 14: Down deeper, the guys spot the Creature (I still hate the eyes but love the cinematography - the lake bed is just beautiful with the sun dappling (which 210' and the sun dapples? I think not).

They fire off their pressurized anesthetic into a crevesse where the Gill-man was seen disappearing....

Scene 15: Meanwhile, Crazy-Lady is still sensuously water dancing to her own music. It also appears that she's drifted quite a bit deeper in the meantime. Anyway, the guys finally notice she isn't on their heels and see her taking off her flippers. They make a mad dash toward her before she does something really suicidal (or as fast as you can dash while scuba diving, anyway).

Just before Dr. Morgan reaches her, she starts to slip off her air tanks, but blacks out first, thankfully. Her mouth piece slips from her lips and Dr. Morgan struggles to force it back in her mouth before she breathes deep of the water. In the meanwhile, Jed Grant has peeled off from his dash toward her....

I'm not sure why... I think the idea is that he was leaving her to Morgan to take care of since he was reaching her first, while he tried to spot if the Creature was affected by the anesthetic, but whatever he was doing, it was irresponsible, adding to his bad guy credentials.

Scene 16: Needless to say, they get her back to the ship and haul her aboard. Dr. Barton seems more upset that Dr. Morgan is standing over her a bit too close for him than over the actual incident, adding to his credentials as a bad guy.

Commentary: Jeez, I miss the likable characters of the first movie; even there the nominal 'bad guy' Dr. Mark Williams wasn't a giant A-hole.

Anyway, Mrs. Barton manages to come around, and immediately brushes off her hovering husband. He immediately blames Grant for not keeping an eye on her. Which, I suppose is fair, since it was Jed who was all up in her grill getting her scuba stuff on despite the fact that the boss made it clear he didn't want her going.
When Dr. Barton discovers that the men have seen the Creature though, all is forgiven, at least on Barton's side. Jed still seems a bit put out.

Commentary: And Jed Grant has man-boobs, but Rex Reason has a nice bod.

Scene 17: Marcia apologizes to Tom for causing so many problems underwater, but he admires her bravery in going as deep as she did, although he's disturbed by her taking risks just to prove something. And, considering how he's seen the dynamic between the spouses (one of which is paying for the whole expedition), he is sitting too effing close to her! '


Marcia and Tom discuss risks with Marcia telling him that just because she's a woman doesn't mean she can't be an explorer or some such crap... he wants to know what she's trying to prove and she has the LAMEST line in the whole movie:

"I should have known. You're a scientist, you need proof! You never take anyone's word for anything!"

Commentary: Um, what?! What the hell are you babbling about woman... and Tom Morgan, geneticist, stop looking so frickin' smug before she puts that cigarette she inevitably lights up out into your eye - jerk. Oh, yeah, being the 50s, smoking was perfectly healthy still, so there's a lot of it.

The scene continues with Dr. Morgan trying to pretend to just be concerned even though he's too close to her again and looks more like he's lightly flirting with her. It doesn't help that they're both still in their swimsuits and because his are tighty-whitey, his dinger is really, really obvious. Uh, inappropriate near contact... you wanna step back there hairy-chest?

Also, the soap opera music over the scene is just adding to the awkward misery of the whole thing - let's move on to some monster action, yes?

My plea is denied. Marcia goes on to start telling Tom all about her unhappy marriage and everytime she takes a step away, he takes a step closer - BACK OFF. Oh, and the soap-opera music continues, which is irritating.

Scene 18: Mrs. Barton returns to her room, where she finds her husband sitting and pretending to be reading a book. Naturally, he's immediately a possessive, jealous, controlling a-hole so that we'll enjoy watching him get killed. Marcia pleads with him not to 'start again', so we know this is an ongoing problem for her. She tries to convince him that the only one who thinks she'd ever cheat on him, is him. She's not done nor would she do anything to dishonor him (even though like all abusive husbands, he's doing his best to push her away and you could see how she'd want to find some kindness from somebody).

He issues some not-all-that-subtle threats and leaves her alone to contemplate how her life went wrong.

Scene 19: With the Creature now on the move, the yacht is able to track it with more hot-n-heavy white dot on screen action! And, somehow despite the fact that before it was picking up rays and schools of fish, when ever the monster is in the water, it amazingly only shows what the scientists are interested in seeing. Ah, 1950s technology - how did we lose you?

We get another shot of the creature swimming along the bottom, but it's re-use footage from 'Black Lagoon' because the eyes are back to normal rather than the weird 'bubble-eyes' he's actually sporting these days. More boat footage, more following.

The Creature then drops back behind the boat (rather suddenly, too - or Drs. Borg and Johnson in the sonar room didn't bother to let anyone know that the Gill-man was turning around. Incompetents!). Jed Grant manages to piss off his boss some more by threatening to kill the Creature himself (he carries a pistol) if it gets too close as the scientists realize that the Gill-man is now the one doing the stalking... leading the yacht into shallower water (huh, I wonder if this scene also influenced Jaws, except with the shark leading the men to deeper water?) and toward a narrowing of the tributary they're in.
Jed is a mouthy jerk-wad, but Dr. Barton is such an overbearing ass that it's hard to take sides here.

Scene 20: Later, after dark, the Captain informs Dr. Barton that they can't go any further upstream/downstream... whichever. Dr. Barton manages to look annoyed, but keeps himself from barking at the Ship's Master.

Commentary: We get a lot of shots of this yacht and I have to say that it is GORGEOUS. This baby looks way better than the stupid half boats that sail around nowadays, where it looks like somebody cut the stern off of it. And, it looks like wood rather than fiberglass which adds class all by itself. If Publisher's Clearing House ever drops off my $10 mil check and I could afford a boat, I'm looking for a 1950s classic like this one. It would be sort of nice if we got less ship and more Creature, though.

The scientists wait around for the Creature to attack them (though I must point out that they've made ZERO attempts to set up a net, or a dart gun, or anything else that would allow it to be taken alive if it did suddenly come aboard).

We join the science crew later in the sonar room, waiting and speculating that they may need to go in after it again, as the waiting game isn't really doing any good.

Scene 21: They take the launch with the sonar boom and viewscreen. The Borg doesn't use this time to assimilate them all, alas. We're now 32 minutes in and we still haven't caught the Gill-man and gotten onto the main plot of the story... *sigh*
Okay, guys in launch. Dr. Morgan tells Dr. Johnson to lower the range finder into the water - because Dr. Johnson is a dumb-ass and didn't already have that done. Apparently, he was depending on his telepathic powers to detect the Creature when it came close.

In the meantime, Grant readies the spear gun with tranqs and Dr. Morgan starts shooting more Rotonol underwater. Dr. Morgan reviews the plan with the others, but its really not necessary - they'll try to knock it out, if it gets aboard the boat, shoot it before it kills 'em.

Thanks for the review Doctor Obvious... on the other hand, he did have to tell Johnson to lower the view finder, so he probably thought it was a good idea not to assume anything.

They detect the Creature and follow it deeper into the Everglades where Dr. Johnson panics at the sound of a wild bird - moron. At least he looks suitably embarrassed. I would have spent the rest of the trip making bird calls in his direction at random. We are forced to spend more endless minutes following the launch around the river bends (and I think they meant to foley in the sound of an alligator, but I swear it sounds like there's a lion or tiger in the Everglades!).

Scene 22: After 35 and a half minutes, FINALLY the Creature attacks somebody. Making a turn it rushes the launch and swats the spotlight on the bow, easily bending it in half.

(Oh, boy)

So, with the Creature returning underwater, our geniuses decide they need torches to replace the spotlight. And, they're not talking about flashlights... no, no, they fill up floaty things with wicks with GASOLINE... while BOBBING IN THE WATER! Don't you think if you had the forsight to bring those along, you'd have filled 'em with kerosene aboard the yacht and then loaded them?

And we get to watch it in real time! What a privilige. Along with Dr. Borg hovering over the white dot on sonar screen.

Once again, Dr. Johnson shows his complete worthlessness by pulling his pistol and shooting at the water, until Dr. Barton forcefully reminds him that the entire mission was to capture it alive. Panic-McYellowStripe will surely never be invited on another Barton expedition in future.

Dr. Borg warns everyone that the Creature is making another run at the stern of the small craft and this time it leaps out of the water to stand in the boat! Grant gets two shots off with the spear gun as Borg and Morgan duck for cover. In the meantime, we have another JAWS reference!

The Creature picks up a gas can to throw at Grant, and splashes fuel all over itself... a la the boat woman hauling Terri through the water in Jaws II! And, just like her, the monster is about to go up in flames!

Grant picks up a torch and lights the Gill-man up like a roman candle... and watch the guys in the boat - that stuntman on fire is way too close for comfort....

The Gill-dude dives back into the water from the launch. But it isn't out for the count, yet and returns to tip the bow out of the water, sending all of our scientists into the water (like the kids boating in Jaws II!!).

After several tense seconds, the Creature surfaces again, this time at the bank and lifts a log to throw at them, but the tranq darts finally take effect and send him to dreamy-time.

Commentary: And so ends the best scene in the movie. Now we'll be rejoining our marital strife drama that just happens to include a Creature.

Scene 23: With the Creature back aboard the yacht, attention turns to his blood oxygen levels which are too low because it isn't getting enough air. It is also suffering from 3rd degree burns over most of its body, so it is swaddled in bandages, leaving it far less interesting looking.

As Drs. Morgan and Barton express concern that the gills have been too badly damaged to resubmerge the Creature for air, Dr. Borg arrives with x-rays of his chest, showing that it does have under developed lungs. They just have to open them up (its structure is similar to the lung-fish).

Dr. Extraneous, er, Johnson tells us that the Creature is getting very little oxygen....

Commentary: This actually made me laugh, because he literally tells Barton and Morgan this a minute or so after they already said that - and right next to him, well within his hearing shot! What a marooon!

Somehow, Barton resists the temptation of asking aloud what Dr. Johnson is even doing there, so I do it for him. I don't get an answer.

He's too busy, anyway, performing a tracheotomy. Dr. Barton makes an observation that they are turning a sea creature (actually, no, he's a Lagoon creature) into a land creature (see the mad-science plan of Scene 08) and this for some reason raises Dr. Morgan's hackles so they can have a lame and contrived confrontation over what they'll do next. And, it's boring.

Scene 24: Later, Dr. Morgan drops in on Dr. Borg, who is monitoring some brain wave readers attached to the Creature's head. Barton is with him, but stays out in the hallway, so he can check out Mrs. Barton playing the piano and Jed Grant's slimy and obvious flirtations. Despite Marcia almost immediately leaving in revulsion, Dr. Barton still gets concerned/jealous face. But, the Creature's latest brain wave reading takes priority over treating Marcia like an untrustworthy ho and further damaging his basically over marriage.

Scene 25: We cross fade to more graph paper charts, but this time Dr. Barton is excited that the Creature is responding to the new source of oxygen. As he and Dr. Morgan consult, the Creatures begins to break his bonds. He's kind of like a cross between Frankenstein's Monster and a giant Q-Tip, now.

He collapses from the exertion, making the slight blip of excitement ultimately pointless.

Commentary: And, by the way - good thinking ahead, again sirs! I salute you. Instead of having some tranq on stand by for just such an emergency, everyone draws their pistols so they can kill it off before any further study can be made. Nice.

They unwrap the Creature's eyes and the bubble-eye effect is replaced by the actor's eyes (Don Megowan according to Imdb). Dr. Barton tries to explain this away by calling it a 'basic mutation' but I think we all know that's ridiculous - eyes don't change from one type to another over a few hours in the best of circumstances.

Scene 26: Later still, Dr. Barton is in contact with the mainland to send a wire informing his compound of his imminent arrival. A cut shows us the yacht headed for the Panama Canal to bring the Creature and scientists to Barton's ranch in California.

Scene 27: Fading into the lab, Mrs. Barton visits Dr. Johnson (so you know she's bored!). She asks to peek at the Creature, but Dr. Barton has left specific orders for her to be kept out (for no reason, except he's a prick). She asks after things and we find out that her husband hasn't been telling her anything either. Dr. Johnson disappears into the Creature's room to inject another sedative, but he informs her they're to take the bandages off later that day.

Scene 28: Jed Grant is sitting in the hallway, foot up on the wall when Mrs. Barton wants to pass. You can see her immediate discomfort, which is nice work by Leigh, especially when you can see her struggling to remain civil, despite his whole slime-ball aura.

He has the gall to put his hands on her, but she brushes him off and continues on her way. And honestly, why are they forcing us to hang out with these unlikable men? Dr. Barton wasn't enough? For goodness sakes, you'll be back in a few days hotshot, keep your hormones in check.

Scene 29: Back in the Creature room, the bandages are removed and we find the former scales are now soft skin. More 'basic mutation' no doubt.

We find the same changes body wide when we see his new (still webbed, at least) hands and his new face.

Commentary: I don't know who's bright idea this was, but it immediately robs interest from the Creature. It could have been worse; they at least left some gill and the webbed fingers, but now he just looks like any other lumbering b-movie beast - such a shame.

Ooops... not a sudden mutation. Dr. Barton speculates that the Creature always had two coverings - one scale, one skin like it had both gills and lungs. He's all self-pleased.

With skin now, the Creature will also need to have clothes because we can't have monster butt hanging out. Dr. Barton also insists on gathering everyone for drinks in the lounge to celebrate this 'success'.

Scene 30: Later that evening, everyone is well-lubricated and we come in on Dr. Johnson saying he completely missed the whole point of the story that Dr. Morgan had apparently just told... shocking. Dr. Johnson is way too dense to have a doctorate... he just is. I'm thinking he received one of those buy-through-the-mail ones.

Anyway, Marcia looks fabulous in her evening dress and plays the good hostess while the men sit on their asses, smoking and talking and laughing. Naturally, to remind us that Dr. Barton is a butthole, he's the only one sloppy drunk and still wanting more. There's another discussion about changing mankind before everyone heads off to retire for the evening, except for Dr. Barton, of course.

Because, he hasn't finished being an ass yet. (And, Grant isn't part of the celebrations either - like the other crewmen he doesn't get to party)

Dr. Morgan peeks in on the Creature, but it is still sedated (or appears so anyway).

Commentary: I do like that when we see the Gill-man while he's unconscious, his eyes are always open, giving the illusion that he doesn't have eyelids (in keeping with the previous Creature costuming). That was a nice touch.

Dr. Barton is feeling a bit dejected that everyone else hasn't jumped on his "let's change mankind's metabolism so he can survive in space" ideas. He's also feeling randy.

Scene 31: After complimenting Marcia for being a fine, dutiful wife, he tries to get her in the mood by pawing her with rough kisses. All within earshot of Grant, who's sitting outside the Creature's room - guarding (and being bored to tears).

When she doesn't exactly respond to his scotch-breath, he throws her to the sofa with a "worthless! useless!" leaving her to weep for herself.

Scene 32: We, again, fade to a shot of the yacht cruising along the gulf.

Commentary: Good God, once they came up with the 'yacht shot as passage of time' idea, they really embraced it!

Marcia comes awake on the sofa, where she's spent the night and immediately grabs a cigarette. Jed checks on the Creature and then goes down the hall to find Marcia, who again on seeing him, immediately gets up to leave. But 'too sexy for myself' just doesn't take the hint that she doesn't find him even remotely attractive.
Look Potential-Rapist, BACK THE FUCK OFF. Honestly, poor Marcia stuck in the 50s can't just knee him in the crotch and scratch out his eyes - that wouldn't be ladylike.

Fortunately, we see the door handle of the Creature's room start to crank hard, so we know that he's going to come to her aid in a minute.

The sounds of Marcia trying to get Jed-Hands-Everywhere off her quietly so the others don't hear draws our Creature toward the lounge. Seeing the Creature, Marcia gives out a holler and Jed goes for his gun - he gets a shot off, but it goes into the floor as he has already been flattened (but alas, not killed). As the others rush out of their rooms, the Creature heads outside. Dr. Morgan exclaims that the Creature will drown without its gills as he takes a swan dive into the ocean.

Scene 33: Underwater, the Creature is fine for a few moments, but then discovers Tom's prediction is correct. Tom Morgan follows shirtless, in his silk jammies with an air hose attached to a pump on the yacht. (Okay, the more I see of Rex, the more attractive he becomes to me)

The Creature sure does get a long way down, too, before he takes a breath and starts to drown. Needless to say, he's rescued.

Commentary: There is more really excellent underwater stuntwork done here as the Creature resists being rescued and Ricou has to work for long stretches without a visible source of oxygen. I'll give the movie that much, the underwater work remains fantastic.

Scene 34: Back aboard again, the Creature is laid out and we look at more brain reading graphs with science-blather.

Scene 35: In Sausolito, CA, the Creature is transferred into a cruelly empty pen, except for some animals who'd you would think would be kept segregated from the new arrival, but what do I know. It also has nowhere to lay down out of the direct sunlight! The fence is electrified and they house it where it gets a good clear view of the bay it can't return to..., nice.

Scene 36: Late that night, Dr. Morgan is out looking in on the Creature when he hears the Barton's at it again. Unfortunately this leads to another stupid, unsubtle scene in which Dr. Barton and Dr. Morgan talk about treating the Creature with kindness to get kindness from it to how the doctor is treating his wife and her subsequent treatment of him... soap opera crap.

Commentary: Dr. Barton is extra creepy and borderline psycho here despite Tom's trying to steer the conversation away from things which he knows are none of his business.

Dr. Morgan recognizes Dr. Barton's alluding to murder for the perceived infidelity of his wife and calls him out on it, but doesn't oh, warn her that her husband is sounding a bit nutso-cuckoo.

Scene 37: The next morning, the Creature is standing under the direct sunlight looking off at the water (which you'd think would be fatal no matter what type of skin he now has) when his attention is taken by Marcia playing guitar. Wait, I think this is day-for-night shooting. The porch light in on, Tom is in the same suit he was just wearing and Marcia is in a nightgown, so I believe the Creature is standing under a particularly bright evening moon... never mind my objection.

Tom also hears her play, and despite knowing that her husband's jealousy in swerving into wackadoo territory, he immediately heads up to the balcony to see her. Tom, I'm glad to say, does bring up that her husband is disturbed, but doesn't warn her expressly that she may be in danger by oh, getting caught talking to himself on the balcony outside of her bedroom while in her nightgown, just as a for instance.
We get more soap opera imagery here with Marcia waxing philosophically on the Creature being forced to leave the water and her not being able to leave the past... blah, blah, blah... and Tom Morgan isn't making it any better by starting on the forced tangent.

Thankfully, their obvious attraction doesn't lead to where you think it might what with the music in the scene and all. Tom turns and goes away, while Marcia decides to take a night swim.

Scene 38: Marcia has changed into her swimsuit, but oops... her husband did see her talking to Tom outside and he confronts her here. Dr. Barton tells her she's become a 'cheap, little tramp'. But, she responds with a sad, "only to you, Bill, only to you" and it's another nice acting job by Ms. Snowden.

Scene 39: She retreats to the bay, where the Creature is able to watch her swim. That's cruel. Unfortunately, Jed Grant AGAIN makes a pest of himself, this time despite Marcia very directly telling him to go away.

In the meanwhile, a cougar finds its way via overhanging tree branch into the enclosure where it kills one of the doctor's sheep. Watching this violence seems to upset it, and when the cougar gets aggressive with him, he grabs the cat by the throat and pummels it to death.

Commentary: With a foleyed in cat-death-scream that's pretty hideous.

Marcia and the irritating and probable sex offender Jed hear the ruckus, as does those in the house. Dr. Barton sees his wife and Jed in their wet swimwear and immediately gets the completely wrong idea.

Scene 40: After cleaning out the pen of the dead animals (not shown, presumably the Creature remains sedate when not being attacked) Dr. Barton is stewing on the balcony. After working himself up, he lets himself into Jed Grant's room and orders him off the property. Finally, the creep gets fired. Jed has the gall to be shocked.
Barton escorts Grant out, and of course, the moron can't keep his mouth shut. He makes a few cracks implying that Marcia has been getting friendly with him out of hatred for her husband. And, he gets his brains beat in for it.

Panicked, Bill drags Jed to the Creature's enclosure and turns off the electric gate. Throwing the body in, he intends to frame the monster for the death. Before he can summon everyone to force the Creature to take the rap, though, it busts through the gated fence and goes after him.

The commotion does wake everyone in the house as the monster stalks the balcony. The monster ends up in the girl's room, of course, but hesitates when he doesn't recognize who he's looking for among her and Tom (who rushed to her room when he heard the creature tearing through the house).

Barton takes this opportunity to make a run for it, but knocks a vase off of a credenza ('natch) drawing the Creature toward him (unintentionally).

Bill ends up being picked up and body slammed from the balcony to the sidewalk below. The Creature busts out of the ranch (injuring a guard on the way out in another nice stunt) and off into the surrounding woods (though why, when the bay is RIGHT THERE, I don't get).

We're forced to spend time with Tom summarizing our moral of the tale with talk of space and jungles again and finally we see the Creature head toward the surf, where presumably he'll drown himself trying to return to the ocean depths (with the Creature musical sting - which is a brain dead place to insert it).

The Good: Most of the acting by Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason and Gregg Palmer is good with some excellent acting by Leigh Snowden.

The attack on the launch was exciting and the tear through the house was fun.
The underwater photography was, again, a high point of the film with some wonderful cinematography.

The Bad: Well, taking up SO much time with the domestic trials and tribulations of Mrs. Barton was too soap opera and not what a monster movie should be focusing on.

The monster doesn't get to walk among us very much, since he spends most of the movie either off screen or unconscious.

The plot and Dr. Barton's goals were rubbish.

The faux-philosophy on man's nature was clumsy and ill-scripted.

The monster's rampage was extremely abbreviated. Also, that attack on the launch? The ONLY exciting scene in the whole story.

The Score: The weak reasoning behind a third Creature film is obvious throughout with more time being spent on the Barton's marriage than on the Creature of the title. There's little to get the blood pumping while watching and there's long scenes that seem to just be there to insure that its feature length. It's certainly watchable, and the Creature set has a commentary for this one, so that's a plus, but there just isn't enough monster action to satisfy. And when we do get the Creature, he's stuck as the shambling Frankenstein Monster wannabe.

2.75 out of 5, alas.
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