Gill-Men Gone Wild

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 28, 2018 06:18pm | Post a Comment

Island of the Fishmen

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish."
-- Lucas, Captain of the tramp-steamer Rita, in The Creature From the Black Lagoon

So, did the Shape of Water get you all Gilly for more frustrated Fish Dude movies? In 1987, when I was The Amazonjust a young lad of 14, there was only one thing I saved all my allowance for -- a Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was for one game only -- Pro Wrestling. I would become a master of playing Starman, however there was only one enemy I always feared to square off with -- The Amazon (with his famous Piranha Bite and Outlaw Choke). I've been a fan of angry Fish Guys ever since. Well, maybe being a Pisces helps too.

Gill-man characters have been around for quite some time, but The Creature From The Black Lagoon was probably everyone's first favorite fish-man monster from the Devonian period. "What happened to the Universal Gill-Man after the Creature trilogy?" you have often pondered while scooping clams at a 99 Ranch Market. Well, some of you may remember Uncle Gilbert visiting The Munsters family. Herman says Gilbert's wealth was mostly attributed to salvaging lost treasures in the seas.The Munsters, Uncle Gilbert

Interesting enough, that seems to be the plot of a few Gill-Man/Amphibian-Dude movies, such as the 1965 aqua-adventure War Gods of the Deep (or, as I like to call it, War Gods to Help you Sleep) starring Vincent Price as a tyrannical Captain who smuggles treasure with the help of some Gill-buddies .

Island of the Fishmen (aka Screamers) is a 1979 Italian horror film starring the bodacious Barbara Bach, which has a similar plot but with a mad scientist creating Gill-men to bring up the treasure of Atlantis. (You can actually see Island of the Fishmen on the big screen at the haunted and historic Balboa Theater in San Francisco on February 28th at 7:30pm!

And talking about converting (and I don't' mean like The Knights of the New Crusade), one great Gill-man-creating movie is Terror Beneath the Sea, 1966, starring Sonny Chiba. The soundtrack alone is fantastic to listen to while staring into your fish tank after a "jazz" cigarette.

Jeanne Carmen

Humanoids from the Deep (1980) is not recommended for your Valentine's date night, unless you both like to listen to the Mentors together and dig Doug McClure. Maybe watch The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959), starring Jeanne Carmen instead. The monster rips heads off like me eating dark chocolate Snickers bars. And Jeanne Carmen...ohhhh, Jeanne, you naughty vixen you.

Perhaps one of the more challenging Gill-man flicks to watch is Larry Buchanan's 1966 cult classic, Curse of the Swamp Creature. Larry brought us other fine classics such as Mars Needs Women, It's Alive, and Zontar, the Thing from Venus. I say, accept that challenge and watch it! The world needs more Gill-Man Power! And I crave Chinese fried chicken with sweet and sour!!

Monster of Pierdas Blancas

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