Directed by: Jack Arnold
Starring: John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield
I didn’t think I had any movies that MST3K had done left to review, but I guess there’s still a couple. By the way, if you haven’t seen their version of this film, you really have no reason at all to be watching it. It’s a bland sequel with the blandest man in history, John Agar, as the main character. It’s pretty amazing that the first sequel of Creature From the Black Lagoon can be so bad, but also the first movie was pretty bad to begin with, so maybe it’s not a huge surprise.
Some scientists go down to the black lagoon and capture the gill-man, then bring him back to civilization to be studied and also to be on display at some sort of Sea World place. Unpredictably, the gill-man escapes and terrorizes the town, specifically capturing a lady scientist who had been doing experiments on him. Once again the creature is shot down, and once again that doesn’t stop him from coming back in yet another sequel after this one.
What makes this movie specifically terrible is the acting, and most of that burden is placed right on the square shoulders of John Agar. The guy is so unlikable and robotic that every minute you spend with him on the screen brings you closer to suspecting that he’s actually some sort of complex puppet, like a cardboard cutout brought to life or one of those animatronic Chuck E Cheese band members. The gill-man goes on to solidly prove that he’s the lamest of the original Universal classic monsters, as his reign of terror is basically swimming around, avoiding other people. It’s a pretty bland movie.