The arrival of television in the 1950s led to movie studios coming up with ways to keep audiences coming to theaters. One manner which became popular was presenting movies in 3-D, and one of the biggest 3-D hits was also this film, which introduced the last of the classic Universal monsters.
The title creature resides in the depths of the Amazon and encounters a survey team who arrives after earlier discovering an unusual fossil in the area. This, naturally, leads to confrontation, especially when the Creature lays eyes on the beautiful sole female team member (Julia Adams).
The 3-D blew audiences away, but the film proves just as wonderful without it (unlike many other 3-D films of the era).
Unlike his monster brethren, the Creature was played by two people: Ben Chapman for the scenes of the Creature on land and Ricou Browning for the underwater scenes.
The film also has a wonderful music score from Henry Mancini, Hans J. Salter and Herman Stein, which would be reused in the film’s sequels.
But the real magic in the film lies with the title monster, who is horrifying and yet pitiable as he deals with people who are basically intruding in his home.