Last night we headed over to see the original 1954 "Creature from the Black Lagoon" in 3D over at the Enzian. They had one showing, which of course, ended up selling out.
Ginger Stanley, the woman who did the ballet sequence and stunt doubled for Julia Adams, was there to intro the movie and did a Q&A afterwards.
This was the first movie filmed underwater in 3D. They filmed in Wakulla Springs, FL (near Tallahassee) and the sequel was filmed in Silver Springs.
No air tanks were used for the creature and the suit was made of thin layers of foam rubber. I think there were about 5 or 6 suits made in case there were rips or deterioration during filming.
The dude who played the creature in the water and Ginger were a part of the beginning shows over at Weeki Watchee and could hold their breath for minutes at a time.
I think the most I've ever been able to hold mine was a full minute. And I wasn't covered in rubber cabbage trying to swim away from two dudes in high-waisted shortshorts wielding harpoons.
The 3d really holds up with those goofy red/blue cardboard glasses - the movie was super fun and Enzian has decided to do another showing on March 21st. If you get a chance to check it out, its definitely worth it (and you can eat a jive chicken sammich and/or sweet potato tostones along side a cold beer while you watch).