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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Green-Clawed Beast and The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Monster movies were the big thing. In 1954, another monster appeared that has made it up to the ranks of Frankenstein and the wolfman - he is the gill-man from Creature from the Black Lagoon. 

The movie came out in 1954, starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, and Whit Bissell. The move focused around a team of scientists who travel to the Amazon after finding a fossilized hand, which appears human-like, except for the webbed fingers. When they arrive, they don't find a fossilized fish-man, but a live one! And, as all horror movies go, the gill-man kidnaps Julie Adams and she eventually needs to be saved from him.

Many cryptozoologists love Creature from the Black Lagoon. Why? Well, because it's about a giant fish-man, of course.

Now, the Gill-man is not real. Or is he?

In 1955, just a year after the movie came out, Mrs. Darwin Johnson and Mrs. Chris Lamble were swimming in the Ohio River when something grabbed onto Mrs. Johnson's leg. Mrs. Johnson fought to get away from the monster. She manage to break the surface but was pulled under again. The second time she got to the surface, she jumped on Mrs. Lambles inner tube. The impact seemed to scare the creature away.

When the two women reached the shore, they saw that Mrs. Johnson had large scratch marks on her leg, and a green handprint!

Other creatures like the Green -Clawed Beast have been seen all over the United States. Is it possible that the green-clawed beast could be a real life Gill-man?