screenshots / Curucu, Beast of the Amazon / 1956 Universal International

Curucu is a bird-like monster that legend says lives up the Amazon River where no white man has gone before. Director's Curt Siodmak previous credits include 1949's Tarzan's Magic Fountain and actress Beverly Garland co-starred alongside Johnny Sheffield's Bomba the Jungle Boy in 1954's Killer Leopard.

The film was photographed at the Amazon River on location in Brazil. After completing filming the director had 10,000 feet of color film that he could not export so a second movie, Love Slaves of the Amazon, was made using some of the same cast and crew.

The title creature is pronounced "Koo-Ruh-SOO".