Seems like ISMN can’t get enough of cheap campy cave-woman dinosaur films. I mean it feels like we’ve shown at least one during each movie alphabet. This ultra odd and hilarious pick is another personal fave :) and clocks in as this Fall’s “V” film.
You will recognize some of the much borrowed footage from 1940’s “One Million BC” , much of which you may also remember being featured in ISMN film “King Dinosaur.”
Many other film elements were borrowed as well.
Whoah, Nelson …there’s a reason I’m showing this film after “The Time Machine”. Dig those crasy re-worked Morlock costumes :) (Above)
Ahhh! It’s the giant spider from “World Without End!” This scene was also mimicked in “Queen of Outer Space” and makes me want to watch the spider scenes again from “Cat-Women of the Moon” and my favorite spider puppet in “Missile to the Moon”. It never gets old :)
And hey, is that Rodan?!? What the heck is he doing here?
Watch out for those giant armadillos…
We also get treated to a giant badger biting a snake for a minute or two.
(Above: There’s a reason boys love the cave women films and why there’s so many of them.)
I wonder how the infamous swimming scene will fly this week at the restaurant …the camera just seems to love following that bikini that looks like it’s going to fall off. I can’t believe this scene passed in a staple kiddie matinee film! Come and see how the audience @ HK responds. Should be interesting …
Anyway here’s the brief plot from IMDB:
Algeria 1881. Two men, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are having a duel with one another when a comet goes past the earth at low altitude. The strong wind this creates transports the two men to the moon. They find themselves in a jungle inhabited by reptiles and prehistoric humans. They have a difficult time before they manage to adapt to the dangers, but eventually they each find a girl to spend time with, awaiting the next return of the comet to take them back to Earth. Written by Mattias Thuresson
Long time, no see, 30 June 2004
Author: moondragon85501 from United States
This movie was on fairly regularly when I was a kid; my cousin and I would frequently watch it together (she didn’t share my enthusiasm for the animal skin-clad women, but she loved a scene where one of the cavemen gets eaten by a dragon).
It was years later that I saw One Million B.C. for the first time; I knew it was hailed as a classic, but while I found it enjoyable (I fell in love with Carole Landis), VOTD still held more of a mystique for me.
I have since looked for it in various video rental places with no success. It seems that these days even the networks aim for more sophisticated fare and overlook simpler joys like this. Just because the movies have graduated to Jurassic Park shouldn’t mean that we can’t suspend our disbelief for a brief period. VOTD should not be allowed to become extinct!
Stock footage, but why care?, 24 June 2012
Author: mark.waltz from New York City
This film is so entertaining from the moment it starts that finding out through research that some of the footage was from “One Million B.C.”, it didn’t diminish the impact of the film for me. I was going to call my review “The Night of the Big Iguana”, but I wanted to instill the point of view that having seen “One Million B.C.” and this at different points in my life, I didn’t even notice the difference. Only one thing in the film made me roll my eyes, and that was the silly looking underground people. But there was nothing else to laugh at, even after the premise of a comet leaving the two men about to duel all alone (as the others are whiffed away in some sort of Event Horizon) and come out of it as friendly as the Geiko gecko.
(Editor’s note: I dig those crazy diamond eyed underground people. “Nothing else to laugh at???”)
I remember this film from childhood, seeing the coming attractions at the local theater for what seemed like months before it finally came. I realy loved this dino-drama at age 6 and have been searching for it on DVD for years. Unique “comet sweeps up two dualing men” plot, with old stock footage of iguanas playing dinosaurs from “One Million Years B.C”. Sentimental value only, but worth the price to me. An added bonus: Joan Staley from “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” looks much hotter here than in that Don Knotts classic, something I didn’t notice back then.
Editor again: I for one only watched this film for the first time this year online, and was able to track down a copy due to it finally being made available by on-demand Columbia DVD-R. I find it highly odd and enjoyable, if you crave this sort of thing. Which I do :)
Bonus Short Film: “Am I Trustworthy?”
Ok Ok, I forgot to show it last time, so here’s my second chance :) Gee whiz!
Another Coronet classic :)
Time: Thursday Nov. 29th @ 7 PM
Place: Charlie’s “Hot Dog King” on State street in Orem, near the Provo border - up from the D.I. and next to that weird Army Surplus Dome.
Price: Free! Popcorn provided. Buying dinner is optional - but by buying on this night you get free drinks :)
See ya there!
PS. Yes, sometime in the future I’ll show “The Wild Women of Wongo”. I like it too. …I’ll get to it someday. (If you’re the one person who requested it and is reading this.)