November 7, 2002
The Creature Returns To Black Lagoon
The "Creature" is coming
home to the black lagoon for a reunion with his lady love of nearly 50
Ben Chapman, Gill-Man
from the classic film, is the featured guest of Creaturefest Nov. 8 through
Nov. 10 at Wakulla Springs State Park. The mysterious black lagoon featured
in several film productions, including the Creature and Tarzan series,
is the world's largest natural spring.
Creature From the Black
Lagoon, a 1954 production, will be featured along with other films of Director
Jack Arnold including Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula, Monster on Campus
and It Came from Outer Space. Abbott and Costello Meet the Creature, a
20-minute comedy short film, also will be shown.
The creature's "love," actress
Julie Adams, has shared the screen with other leading men including Charlton
Heston, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. However, her enduring
friendship with creatuyre Chapman has lured Adams out of retirement for
this public reunion with the Gill-Man at the black lagoon.
Ginger Stanley, who
currently resides in Orlando, creatued the now-legendary underwater ballet
sequence in the original filem. As Stanley swims across the surface, her
silhouette casts shadows on the creature who mimics her actions.
Festival sponsors, the
Tallahassee Film Societyt and Friends of Wakulla Springs, recommend bringing
a radio for FM sound and a lawn chair. Three ticket packages are available:
the $50 VIP package, the $12.50 weekend pass and the $6 day pass.