This classic horror film first swam into theaters in 1954. Today, the superbly crafted film is widely considered one of the greatest monster pictures ever made, and was the inspiration for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The story involves a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the mist-shrouded Amazon, encountering a prehistoric, amphibious "Gill Man" -- possibly the last of a species of fanged, clawed humanoids who may have evolved entirely underwater. Director Jack Arnold makes excellent use of the tropical location, employing heavy mists and eerie jungle noises to create an atmosphere of nearly constant menace. The creature itself, with pulsating gills and fearsome webbed talons, was played on land by stuntman Ben Chapman and underwater by champion swimmer Ricou Browning. Sponsored by Slade Mechanical Services.