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Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror | December 1956 (USA)
Rock Dean and Dr. Andrea Romar travel up the Amazon River to find out why the plantation workers have left their work in panic, allegedly because of attacks from Curucu, a monster who is ... See full summary »

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Curt Siodmak

Writer:

Curt Siodmak
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Bromfield ... Rock Dean
Beverly Garland ... Dr. Andrea Romar
Tom Payne Tom Payne ... Tupanico
Harvey Chalk Harvey Chalk ... Father Flaviano
Larri Thomas ... Vivian - the dancer
Wilson Viana Wilson Viana ... Tico
Frank Bevan Frank Bevan
Sérgio de Oliveira Sérgio de Oliveira ... Captain of Police
Roberto Aurel Roberto Aurel
Andrea Bayard
Luz del Fuego Luz del Fuego ... Snake dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayres Campos Ayres Campos
Rosa María Rosa María
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Storyline

Rock Dean and Dr. Andrea Romar travel up the Amazon River to find out why the plantation workers have left their work in panic, allegedly because of attacks from Curucu, a monster who is said to live up the river where no white man has ever been before... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

THRILLS NEVER BEFORE SEEN ON THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curucu, die Bestie vom Amazonas See more »

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Budget:

$155,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jewel Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Bromfield was married to the lounge dancer (Larri Thomas) at the time. See more »

Goofs

Dean and Romar are supposedly exploring the Amazon. In a later scene they pass the magnificent Iguazu Falls -- which are on the Brazil-Argentine border, far to the south, nowhere near the Amazon. See more »

Quotes

Tupanico: A beast with claws like that of a giant bird.
Captain of Police: A crocodile, perhaps?
Tupanico: A crocodile is no bird.
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

National Anthem of Brazil
(uncredited)
Music by Francisco Manuel da Silva
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Oh My !!!
22 December 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

I liked very much horror films as a kid in the 50's and I don't think I missed many. I also have to admit that many of them really scared me though my children can't believe that now (they find them sort of funny and I can understand that if you consider what computers have done for special effects nowadays).

But the reason why I never forgot "Curucu" is that it was probably the only "horror" film that didn't scare me at all whatsoever and I went back home with a smile om my face. In fact, the monster in this one is easily the most ridiculous and absurd thing ever put on screen (there's no way to describe it, you just have to see it). Besides, even as a little boy I noticed the plot was weak, the acting was poor, the direction was bad, all facts you don't usually notice or pay attention to when you are 8 or 9 years old.

Looking back now and watching Curt Siodmak's filmography you can understand: the man was probably the worst film director ever, perhaps in the same level as Ed Wood Jr.

You simply can't believe they went all the way to the Brazilian Amazon jungle to shoot this picture!


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