Humankind’s assault on nature follows a natural—or rather, unnatural—progression in the Creature trilogy. In the first film, a scientific expedition invades nature’s domain, the Black Lagoon, disrupting it with discarded cigarettes, the fish-killing drug rotenone, the resultant dead fish, and, inevitably, human bodies. (The people regret only the final infraction.) In the immediate sequel, a second expedition rips the Creature from its natural habitat and imprisons it in a false, concrete environment of Florida’s Marineland, where it’s chained, shocked with cattle prods, and put on display as a scary alternative to Flippy the educated porpoise.
In the conclusion of the trilogy, yet another expedition finds the Gill-Man, this time hiding out in the Everglades. This last team of scientists sets the ‘monster’ aflame, subjects it to painful surgery, clothes it, and pens it –tellingly, delusively—with a flock of sheep. They wipe the Creature from the face of the earth not by killing it but by re-creating it in humankind’s image.
|—||Essay of Richard Valley with Ben Chapman in MONSTERS: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios,p. 154-155|