Cinema Dissection: Creature from the Black Lagoon

Cinema Dissection: Creature from the Black Lagoon

March 23, 2024

Film Talks

By the 1950s, Universal Studios’ slate of classic Gothic monsters had faded from cinemas across the world. New sci-fi threats born of Atomic Age anxieties invade the silver screen, including giant radioactive mutations, legions of extraterrestrial invaders, and in particular one evolutionary missing link living deep in the jungles of South America. Upon its release, Creature from the Black Lagoon was an instant sensation, introducing the studio’s last iconic monster, in 3-D no less. 

Join facilitator and SIFF Programmer Dan Doody as he takes you on a scene-by-scene excursion into uncharted reaches of the upper Amazon, diving beneath its surface in search of the elusive gill man.

This Cinema Dissection is in conjunction with our screenings of Creature from the Black Lagoon and our March Monster Madness series.

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this event.


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Saturday, March 23, 2024


Saturday, March 23, 2024
10:00am–4:00pm PT
SIFF Film Center
$25 Sustainer | $20 Regular | $15 Member


Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a facilitator in a six-hour scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out "Stop" and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.

About the Instructor: Dan Doody

About the Instructor:

A Seattle-area native, Dan Doody received a degree in English from Western Washington University, and began working for the Seattle International Film Festival in 1999. He programs both features and short films for the festival, serving on the WTF! committee and as the festival's lead coordinator for its Oscar® qualifying ShortsFest section. He is an enthusiast of the gothic in both film and literature, the pagan-haunted pastorals found in English ghost stories, and the seedy streets of film noir. He could quite happily live in a crumbling castle so long as it was within walking distance of a neon-lit diner on a rain-slicked city boulevard.