Monday, February 24, 2014
TEENAGE CAVEMAN (1958)
The great Roger Corman himself directed this story of a rebellious young caveman, played by a pretty young but not young enough to be a convincing teenager Robert Vaughn, who asks a lot of questions, which is something your apparently not supposed to do in caveman times. There's a cool twist ending that sorta foreshadows what happens in PLANET OF THE APES and unlike most movies made in the 50's it has a fairly bleak outlook on things by the end. I dug it for what it was even if it does get a little preachy in parts.
AKA OUT OF THE DARKNESS and I WAS A TEENAGE CAVEMAN(this was used when it was originally released on a double-bill with I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF) That classic scene of an alligator with a fin glued to it's back fighting a big lizard that's supposed to be two dinosaurs fighting from JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is used here as well as a quick shot of THE SHE CREATURE.
This was remade(sorta) by Larry Clark in 2002 for Showtime and not personally being a big fan of that director's work I can't imagine it would be worth seeking out.
This also possibly inspired this goofy rock-a-billy tune: