A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing.A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing.A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing.
The racial undertones of his new appearance are undeniable. The 6'6" Don Megowan is superb as this "animal" (as Morrow calls him once), expressing torment and despair through a rigid mask with his sullen eyes and settle body gestures. In the last scene, as he stands on the hill overlooking the ocean, injured and breathing heavily, we wonder his thoughts on humans in this film trilogy - after being harpooned, drugged, beaten, imprisoned, set afire, stabbed, shot at, chained, cattle prodded, surgically altered, framed for murder. Yet at last, he is now free to try to return to his natural habitat. Ending is ambiguous and he could survive: 1)"His gills may grow back" - Dr. Morgan 2)Beachcombers could rescue him before he hits the surf 3)He might retreat as soon as he discovers inability to breathe in water.
Commenters mention that he is wearing clothes and we do not see his body. We also didn't see the body of "The Wolf Man" (1941), just head, claws, paws, as well as "The Thing From Another World" (1951), alien head, claws in a jumpsuit, many other films. Being a burn victim, "his sensitivity to pain is increasing" - Dr. Morgan, he needs the protection of the sailcloth. Also mentioned is how sad all this is. Much worse is being riddled with bullets in the first 2 films, and presumed dead.
Main titles are an improvement, finally overlaid on gurgling water, rather than the clouds in prior two films. Another tremendous advance is the simple upgrade of giving the Creature eyes in this movie that move and exhibit some expression, versus the un-moving eyes of the other two movies ("Creature" had blank eyes underwater, fake eyes on land, "Revenge" had frog-like bulbous eyes under and over). The music has been updated and is haunting, and the misty underwater photography in the first half is stunning, best in the series. The whole film is beautifully directed by John Sherwood, with lights, shadows, contrast in exquisite black and white. All the actors are fine, reciting mature dialogue.
The first 2 films together basically re-do the plots of "The Lost World" (1925) and "King Kong" (1933), of venturing into untapped territory, finding and fighting a strange entity, who is enamored with the lone female ("Kong"), bringing him back to civilization, where he escapes and abducts the woman. Sympathy is invoked for the Creature, making this most unusual.
- Aug 25, 2000