SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Historical Society will sponsor a celluloid trip down memory lane Nov. 27 at the St. Augustine Farmer’s Night Market. Partnering with the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the St. Johns County Public LIbrary System this installment is “The Creature of the Black Lagoon” saga which is pure satire, turning the origin story on its head and coming in at just 25 minutes. This time the Creature gets the girl who willingly joins him in domestic life. He also has a bathtub of his very own, rather than sticking to a giant tank at Marineland.
Originally filmed in 8 mm format, Return of the Creature was made as entertainment for the wrap party of the production of Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon. It was written and filmed by a 27 year-old Michael Gannon. Gannon would go onto achieve great things as a historian, educator, and author, including the book Operation Drumbeat, about German U-boat activity along the eastern coast of the United States in the early days of World War II.
The Night Market will run 6 to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Return of the Creature will be shown after 8 pm, following a musical performance by The Ken Jensen Blues Band. The Library System will have a table of fun Creature related crafts, plus the ever popular Creature Face Fans will be available while supplies last.