Trivia / Creature from the Black Lagoon

Trivia for the film:

  • Accidentally Correct Writing: Oddly, the drunken Riverboat captain's statement that the Creature is "stronger than that which you call evolution" was probably a more accurate explanation for how evolution actually works than the "scientists" who seem to believe that a "living fossil" like the creature is "less evolved" than more recent creatures. The truth is, such creatures happen because they've achieved a form that's more-or-less ideal to their environment, and any deviations would be out-competed.
  • California Doubling: The Brazilian Jungle was actually the Florida Everglades; you can even see a light post at one point!
  • Development Hell: A rumored remake seems to be stalled indefinitely. Either that, or The Shape of Water is it.
  • Fountain of Expies: Lots of Fish People in other media took notes from Gill Man.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original plan for Zee's death was to have Gill Man throw him towards the screen, which would have made for perfect 3D fodder. Malfunctioning equipment forced the makers to abandon it.
    • Guillermo del Toro wanted to do a remake where Kay ends up falling in love with Gill Man and going off with him. Universal refused, likely because it would interfere with their plans at the time for the Dark Universe, so he reworked his idea into The Shape of Water.

Trivia for the pinball machine:

  • Cut Song: "At the Hop" was to have been included as one of the songs, but it was removed from the final version, as it was too cost prohibitive. The voice clips for the song can be found via PinMAME.
  • Referenced by...: The "MOVE YOUR CAR!" mode is commonly referenced in other pinball machines.
    • The "Drive-In Demolition" mode from Revenge from Mars has the exact same premise.
    • During the "Hat Magic" illusion in Theatre of Magic, the third item produced out of the hat is a telephone. The person on the other end yells "MOVE YOUR CAR!".
    • The "Stay cool, daddy-o" guy cameos in World Cup Soccer.
    • Judge Dredd (by the same designer) has no less than four references to the game:
      • During the Traffic Jam Supergame mode, you get to hear the quote upon collecting a jackpot.
      • The "Safe Cracker" mode is inspired by the "Move Your Car" mode as well, in both scoring and humor.
      • The criminal arrested for 35 years for arms dealing is your girlfriend.
      • The criminal arrested for 15 years for auto theft is the snackbar operator.
    • Junk Yard incorporates the mode itself through the Time Machine.
    • Tales of the Arabian Nights has a twist on the phrase: "MOVE YOUR CAR... pet."
    • Scared Stiff references the quote in its Match Sequence (which consists of Elvira flipping through several TV channels, each of which play a quote from a previous Williams table).
    • In Indianapolis 500, the ending for "Wrong Turn" shows an Indy car stuck in a traffic jam, whereupon someone shouts, "Move your car!"
    • The Millencolin song "Move Your Car" was inspired by the game, as was its cover art.
    • The "Joe's Diner" mode from The Flintstones has a similar premise; instead of an irate moviegoer at a drive-in, it's an impatient drive-thru customer at a drive-thru. The exact same animation of the guy shouting "MOVE YOUR CAR!" (minus the drive-in setting, obviously) was recycled for this new mode.