Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day 3 of October Horror Month: Creature from the Black Lagoon

It was 1954. It was a time when America was growing more aware of its power, and it began to shake off the influences of other countries and become more and more its own place. The idyllic world of America’s dreams was a facade, not entirely wrong, not entirely misguided. But one area it feared but also embraced was science. Science had defeated certain diseases, science had ended the Second World War, and science was providing America with modernity. There was a fear in some that science might unleash unknown catastrophes as well, but, for the most part it was seen as a panacea. But then the Creature from the Black Lagoon came along. It was a remnant from a distant age, evolved to a maturation point that made it nearly human. The scientific expedition that found it couldn’t help but be amazed by it, but as always, conflict occurred when the two forces nature and science collide.

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