Over 50 Photos from the Creature from the Black Lagoon Art Show!

The Jack Arnold-directed Creature from the Black Lagoon celebrates its 60th (!) anniversary this year and a slew of artists came out to contribute to Creature Features’ art show. The gallery opened last Friday in Burbank, California (2904 W. Magnolia) and features work from:

Mark Alfrey, Zac Amendolia, ARF!, Zach Bellissimo, BigToe, Tara Billinger, Julie Bossinger, Andy Carey, Anthony Carpenter, Brian Crabaugh, Jesse D’Angelo, Ricardo Delgado, Haig Demarjian…

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Here’s What a New Creature from the Black Lagoon Would Have Looked Like

The Creature from the Black Lagoon remake has waded through an epic journey in development hell that has spanned decades. Directors have come and gone and, with them, myriad unused designs updating the monster’s look (created by Milicent Patrick for the 1954 film). In the early years of Shock, I encountered one Creature director, Breck Eisner, who was on board the remake back in 2008 and told me Spectral Motion (Hellboy) had designed the monster for him.

I had seen what Spectral Motion had in mind for Creature from the Black Lagoon, but never publicly. Over the weekend, however, during a stroll through Creature Features in Burbank, the FX shop’s maquette for the monster was on display.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon Has a New Writer

Universal’s long-mooted Creature from the Black Lagoon remake has a writer and I’m not entirely sure we should be getting all that excited.  According to THR, David Kajganich is going to pen the update which has been in development hell for decades.

Kajganich recently penned the remakes of IT and Pet Sematary for Warner Bros.  On one hand, he also scripted The Invasion, the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers which I found to be a complete drag.  On the other hand, he wrote Blood Creek, which I found interesting.

The team at Strike Entertainment are going to produce.  They gave us the Dawn of the Dead remake and The Thing prequel.  So, you now understand my hesitation to get excited, yes?

Mondo Strikes Back With Another Killer Creature from the Black Lagoon Poster

The next mega gallery show from Mondo – based in Austin, Texas – will profile the classic Universal Monsters from dozens of world-renowned artists including Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, JC Richard, Kevin Tong, Ken Taylor and many more.  

The gallery will also include original, never-before-seen works from legendary poster artist Drew Struzan.  The gallery show runs October 19th – November 10th, with an opening reception on October 19 from 7 – 10pm. 

And to celebrate, Mondo is kicking things off at Fantastic Fest (where Shock is at the time of this writing) with the debut of Creature from the Black Lagoon by Laurent Durieux, which will be available for sale at the Mondo pop-up store at the Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar on Friday, 9/21.

Head inside for a larger look!