Tallahassee Democrat (FL)
November 8, 2002
Creature returns to Wakulla Springs tonight
DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
Pack a radio if
The Creature roar.
radio, no matter how many times you remind them," said Tallahassee Film Society
co-founder Dan Wester.
He was talking
about this weekend's outdoor screenings for Creaturefest 2002 at
Lodge. The sound for the "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" and other movies
is being broadcast on the FM band while viewers stretch out on the lawn of the
This year's tribute
to The Gill Man also boasts visits from actors Julie Adams, Ben Chapman
Stanley, who appeared in the original 1954 film.
All the underwater
jungle backgrounds were shot at Wakulla Springs.
The festival also
is paying tribute to the movies of the late Jack Arnold, the director
Creature From the Black Lagoon." Other Arnold movies include:
*"It Came From
Space" (1953): One of the classic sci-fi flicks from the paranoid Cold War era.
An astronomer believes that a meteor that crashed in the desert was actually
a space ship. He knows he's right when his neighbors begin acting very oddly.
Richard Carlson, who also starred in "The Creature
From the Black Lagoon," played the star-gazer. Look for Russell Johnson, who
played The Professor on "Gilligan's Island."
Creature" (1955): Arnold directed this sequel to the original, which was shot
at Florida's Marineland. The Gill Man is captured and placed in a giant fish
tank. Can he be tamed? Clint Eastwood got his first screen role playing a lab
Leo G. Carroll is over a barrel in this definitive giant-insect flick.
After a scientist's lab is trashed, a 100-foot-tall spider roams
the desert eating cattle and people. Meanwhile, Carroll morphs into
Look for Eastwood in a tiny role as a fighter pilot.
*"Monster on the
Campus" (1958): When a radiated prehistoric fish arrives in a college
lab, it transforms a bug into a giant rubber dragonfly, a peaceful
dog into a snarling beast, and an egghead professor into a murderous
The lineup also
non-Arnold short called "Abbott and Costello Meet The Creature" that's a comedy
skit culled from TV's "The Colgate Comedy Hour." Here are the
showtimes and billings:
*7 p.m. today: "Tarantula," "Monster
on the Campus" and "Abbott and Costello Meet The Creature."
*7 p.m. Saturday: "The
From the Black Lagoon," "The Revenge of The Creature" and "Abbott and Costello
Meet the Creature."
*7 p.m. Sunday: "It
Outer Space," "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" and "Abbott and Costello Meet