GOWNS! There's gonna be gowns in this movie!
  — Crow


The Movie

Revenge of the Creature

Synopsis

Having previously survived being riddled with bullets, the Gill-man is captured and sent to the Ocean Harbor Oceanarium in Florida, where he is studied by animal psychologist Professor Clete Ferguson (John Agar) and ichthyology student Helen Dobson (Lori Nelson).

Helen and Clete quickly begin to fall in love, much to the chagrin of Joe Hayes (John Bromfield), the Gill-man's keeper. The Gill-man takes an instant liking to Helen, which severely hampers Professor Ferguson's efforts to communicate with him. Ultimately, the Gill-man escapes from his tank, killing Joe in the process, and flees to the open ocean.

Clint Eastwood briefly appears as a scientist

Unable to stop thinking about Helen, the Gill-man soon begins to stalk her and Ferguson, ultimately abducting her from a seaside restaurant where the two are at a party. Clete tries to give chase, but the Gill-man escapes to the water with his captive. Clete and police arrive and when the creature surfaces, police riddle his body with bullets and Clete saves Helen.[1]

Information

  • A young, uncredited Clint Eastwood makes his first screen appearance as the white-coated lab assistant who does the mouse gag in the lab scene. His appearance is denoted by the crew making several riffs based on his later Dirty Harry films. [2]
  • One of the two young men who get killed by the Gill-man near the end of the movie is played by Brett Halsey, who had appeared as Bix Dugan in The Girl in Lovers Lane.
  • Makeup was by veteran artist Bud Westmore, who worked on several films that appeared on MST.
  • The film was originally released in 3D. Consequently, several objects (a cardboard cutout of the creature, a trombone slide, a car rolling down a dune) can be seen coming straight at the camera for no apparent reason.
  • Lori Nelson was cast in part thanks to her experience using SCUBA equipment in the Howard Hughes feature Underwater!
  • Actor/Stuntman Tom Hennesy almost drowned during filming. Playing The Creature, he grabs Helen Dobson (actually stuntwoman Ginger Stanley) on a pier and jumps with her into the water. The scene was shot at night, and when Hennesy and Stanley hit the water, they discovered it was full of jellyfish; in addition, a freak current started to pull them both down. Hennesy let go of Stanley, who swam to the surface, but Hennesy's inflexible Gill-man costume had become waterlogged and too heavy to fight the current. He was rescued by two local boys who happened to be watching the filming from a nearby boat, and quickly raced over and pulled him in.
  • Much of Revenge Of The Creature was filmed on location at the Marineland of Florida oceanarium. The actors filmed in the water during the tank scenes, were required to swim with its real-life underwater inhabitants, including sharks, eels, barracudas, and more. Despite the close proximity to ocean predators, the only incident was that of a sea turtle biting off the prosthetic foot of Ricou Browning's Creature costume.
  • In the preceding film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), the creature suit was built to hold the air in so their were no bubbles when the creature was under water. In order to save money and to provide air for the stuntman in underwater sequences, the suit design was changed to allow a hose to pump air to the actor. As a result, bubbles could be seen coming out of different parts of the suit.
  • Ricou Browning requested to be credited for playing the Creature. He was denied this by studio executives but did make an out-of-costume appearance as one of the lab technicians.
  • Another sequel entitled The Creature Walks Among Us was released the following year. It was later used in The Mads Are Back live show.
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon movies were produced by William Alland, a former actor best known for playing Thompson, the investigative reporter in Citizen Kane (1941).

The Episode

Host Segments

First appearance of Professor Bobo

Prologue: After 500 (and 25) years of being pure energy at the edge of the universe, Mike, Tom, Gypsy, Cambot, and Magic Voice are forcibly teleported to the SOL. Crow is already there, stating that he was bored of being pure energy after the first 5 minutes. But he seems different and doesn't remember Mike. Suddenly, the SOL is about to crash into the Earth. Mike is able to avoid a collision, but horror awaits when Mike and the bots contact Earth and a talking ape answers.

Half man, Half Octopus

Segment One: After lots of screaming, Professor Bobo and Dr. Peanut explain that Earth is "a planet where apes evolved from men". Bobo then sends a bad movie to the SOL crew because, oddly enough, it's "Ape Law".

Segment Two: Tom and Mike try to repair the SOL’s engines with a little help from the Nanites via a magnetic resonance scanning and tunneling microscope left by Helmut (who Crow remembers quite fondly). Crow still seems different somehow, and Mike can't let it go.

Segment Three: An angry alien demands to speak to Servo, who has been trading in contraband vanilla pudding.

Pearl returns as The Lawgiver

Segment Four: Crow may be different, but he knows how to make a nice cup of espresso.

Segment Five: The Bots have tracked down information about Mike’s descendants, and they learn that virtually all of them intermarried with apes. Then they learn who The Lawgiver is - Pearl Forrester! She reveals that she never got around to raising Clayton Forrester (who transformed into a baby in the previous episode) better than last time, so she smothered him with a pillow and had herself cryogenically frozen.

Stinger: John Agar swims softly and carries a big bull prod.

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

Trivia

  • Bill Corbett's first appearance as Crow T. Robot.
  • Kevin Murphy's first appearance as Professor Bobo.
  • Bobo and company's headquarters went unnamed on-screen, but was called "Deep Ape" by the crew.
  • First episode of The Sci-Fi Channel era.
  • Beez McKeever takes the place of Jef Maynard, taking the title of "prop diva" in the end credits.
  • For the first time in the series, a Mad (in this case Pearl) joins in singing part of the theme song. This would be the case for the rest of the Sci-Fi Channel era, and would continue during the revival on Netflix when Kinga sings part of the theme.
  • This episode aired as first during Sci-Fi Channel's Thanksgiving Marathon.
  • The first appearance and introduction of The Nanites.
  • The magazine Crow is reading at the start of the Prologue is the September 1996 issue of George.
  • Forrester's offscreen death via smothering is perhaps a callback to Master Ninja I, in which Forrester and Frank both try to do this to each other.

Callbacks

  • "Jerking around must have caused a flameout." (This Island Earth)
  • "Pfft...yeah, great supervision: Gimme a needle-drop on some This Island Earth music."

Goofs

  • Bobo says he is descended from Godo, which is a character from Time of the Apes. However, Godo was one of the characters in Time of the Apes who was NOT an ape. Presumably Bobo is descended from human/ape inbreeding, which will become a topic in the last host segment of The Deadly Mantis.
  • Early on Mike says: "Crow, this is what we've been doing for seven years!" despite the fact Mike had only been on the show for 2 and half seasons at that point.
  • Despite Mike wearing his navy blue jumpsuit when he became a being of pure energy in Laserblast, Mike returns to corporeal form wearing his green jumpsuit. Perhaps, being pure energy he could presumably resume his physical form in any color jumpsuit, but his navy jumpsuit would return next episode.

Running Jokes

  • The Creature feels the need to snap an alligator in half to impress people.
  • Clete's repeated declarations of his own handsomeness.
  • Crow doesn’t remember Mike
  • The Long List of celebrities supposedly appearing in "A Tributary to the Upper Amazon".
    • Crow: "...with Edna St. Vincent Millay and Topo Gi-"
    • Mike: "It's over."

Quotes & References

  • "2525? Is man still alive?" "Did woman survive?" "Can you pick your son, pick your daughter too from the bottom of a long glass tube?"

These are lines from the 1968 hit song "In the Year 2525" by Zager & Evans.

  • "Heir to the legacy of Godo, Bogo, and Chim-Chim."

Godo is the name of a character from the season 3 episode Time of the Apes, but he is one of the human protagonists. Chim-Chim is the name of Speed Racer's pet chimpanzee.

  • "¿Qué? Is difficult."

The catchphrase of the Spanish character Manuel on the TV comedy Fawlty Towers. He is a well-meaning but dim, disorganised, and constantly confused waiter with a limited grasp of the English language and customs.

  • "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Creature."

A reference to the British sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

  • "Say it ain't so, Joe!"

Headline of a column written by Charley Owens of the Chicago Daily News when he was covering the Black Sox Scandal. It recounted an anecdote where Shoeless Joe Jackson was leaving the courthouse after testifying for a grand jury when he was approached by a boy who asked, "It ain't true, is it, Joe?" (the more familiar wording was used instead in the movie Eight Men Out). To which he replied, "Yes, kid, I'm afraid it is." An interview with Jackson decades later stated that the tale was apocryphal. "Say It Ain't So, Joe" is also a 1975 song by Murray Head.

  • "Boo Radley, Herald-Tribune!"

Arthur "Boo" Radley is the infamous recluse in the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • (a barracuda swims by in the aquarium tank) "dundadadundadadundadadaDAAA....me!"

A reference to the song "Barracuda" by Heart.

  • "Yes, the gloves are off and the benches are clear! He's got Magnuson's jersey over his head!!"

Keith Magnuson was an ice hockey defenceman for the Chicago Black Hawks from 1969 to 1979. The riff here plays off the tussle between Clete and the Creature and how it looks like one of the many fights Magnuson would get into during his career.

  • "One of the Kingston Trio!"

The Kingston Trio is an American folk/pop music group that gained popularity in the '50s and '60s with tunes such as "Tom Dooley" and "M.T.A.".

  • "And the John Birch Society meeting comes to an abrupt end!"

The John Birch Society is an extreme right-wing American political organization.

  • "Now at Sears, Jeanne Kirkpatrick lingerie."

Jeane Kirkpatrick was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the first term of Ronald Reagan's presidency.

  • "So THAT'S what happened to Soyuz 7!"
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Soyuz 7 was a 1969 Soviet space mission that ended (like most USSR missions) with a dry landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The reference might have actually been meant for Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom's 1961 Mercury program flight that experienced a spacecraft hatch malfunction upon splashdown off the coast of Florida. Although Grissom survived, the prematurely blown hatch allowed water to flood the spacecraft. The recovery team was unable to lift the water-filled craft, so it sank and was not recovered until 1999; thus, it was still missing at the time this episode first aired.

  • "Show me the way to go home..."

In Jaws, this is the song the three men sing while sitting around the table on the boat.

  • "Esther Williams didn't age too well."

Esther Williams was a competitive swimmer until her plans to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled due to the outbreak of WWII. She went on to star in Aquacade shows and MGM films, including a series of swimming-themed movies known as "aquamusicals".

  • "Luca Brasi sleeps with us!"

Luca Brasi is a fictional character in both the novel The Godfather and the film of the same name. In the story, Brasi is murdered by a rival crime family who then dump his body in the ocean. Don Corleone learns of Brasi's death when he receives two dead fish wrapped in a bulletproof vest—a message to Corleone that "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."

  • "This is NOT Greg Norman."

Greg Norman is an Australian entrepreneur and retired professional golfer who spent 331 weeks at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings during the 1980s and 1990s. In a reference to his blond hair, size, aggressive golf style, and his birthplace's native coastal animal, Norman's nickname is "The Great White Shark" (often shortened to just "The Shark"), which he earned after his play at the 1981 Masters.

  • "Dammit, Jim. I'm a milkman, not a doctor!"

"I'm a doctor, not a..." is a famous catchphrase and snowclone used in Star Trek. The specific reference to a "milkman" is also used in the parody song Star Trekkin'.


Catchphrases

Memorable Quotes

[After Professor Bobo explains to Mike and the Bots that they are in the future, human civilization has perished and apes rule the world]
Mike [as George Taylor]: A planet where apes evolved from men?
Professor Bobo: Well, it's maybe a little more complicated than that but, that is the rough outline, yes.
Mike [as George Taylor]: You did it! You finally did it!
Professor Bobo[apathetic] "...Damn us all to Hell". Yes, yes.
Mike [as George Taylor]: It's a madhouse! A...
Professor Bobo: ...madhouse. I know!
[The intrepid explorers explode dynamite all over the lagoon to stun the Creature into surfacing.]
Servo: Ah, ha-ha! The Charlton Heston Fish Locator.
Servo: Think anybody at the Rockefeller Foundation questioned the dynamite line-item?
[The Gill Man makes his somewhat grand appearance, swimming through the lagoon.]
Mike [as The Gill Man][In time with the dramatic music] Here I am! I'm the Creature!
Servo: Boy, Esther Williams didn't age well.
[A young Clint Eastwood has a cameo.]
Crow: This guy's bad. This is his first and last movie.
[Trainer Miss Abbott is working with a chimp named Neil.]
Miss Abbott: Now, turn around, Neil. Turn around. Turn around. Sit down. All — right.
Servo [as Miss Abbott]: And... evolve.
[Spectators watch as the Gill-Man is brought into the Ocean Harbor aquarium.]
Crow [as a New Yorker]: Does he got a thing?
[As the attempts to revive the creature at the aquarium drag on.]
Crow: Everybody's drifting over to the "World of Barnacles" exhibit.
[Flippy the porpoise performing for the audience.]
Announcer: And now presenting Flippy, the "Educated Porpoise."
Mike [as Flippy]: I do NOT accept my "Slave Name!"
[Scientists Clete and Helen are testing the Gill-Man's intelligence, which for some reason involves the liberal use of a cattle prod.]
Servo: Jeez, the Mengele Institute for Marine Research!
[As the deputized posse closes in on the Creature, the police captain radios his men.]
Police Captain: Remember your instructions. The professor is in command from now on. You take orders from him!
Mike [as Police Captain]: The Ichthyology Department of the State U has declared martial law!

Video releases

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