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Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

GP  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  1 September 1971 (USA)
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In prehistoric times two brothers (a more or less good one and a more or less bad one) fight each other for the leadership of their tribe.

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Julie Ege ...
Nala - The Girl
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Toomak - The 'Fair' Boy
Robin John ...
Rool - The 'Dark' Boy (as Robert John)
Brian O'Shaughnessy ...
Mak - The Father
Sue Wilson ...
Noo - The Mother
Rosalie Crutchley ...
The Old Crone
Marcia Fox ...
The Dumb Girl
Gerard Bonthuys ...
Young Toomak
Hans Kiesouw ...
Young Rool
Josje Kiesouw ...
The Young Dumb Girl
Beverly Blake ...
The Young Female Lover
Doon Baide ...
The Young Male Lover
Don Leonard ...
The Old Leader
Frank Hayden ...
Zen - The Murderer
Rosita Moulan ...
The Tribal Dancer
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In prehistoric times two brothers (a more or less good one and a more or less bad one) fight each other for the leadership of their tribe.

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Criaturas olvidadas del mundo  »

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Julie Ege had just given birth and was not feeling too well so retired to bed early during the shoot. As a result, the crew thought she was stuck up and contrived to keep her out of shot as much as possible, much to the annoyance of Hammer in London. See more »

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Highly Underrated!
11 January 2003 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

CREATURES is a blast! It eschews the stop-motion dinosaurs of ONE MILLION YEARS BC and WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH and concentrates on the struggles of primitive men in a bleak, prehistoric world. Despite the smirking ad campaign and much-ballyhooed adult rating, CREATURES spends far less time than its predecessors showcasing the anatomical blessings of its female cast members and places more emphasis on the brutality of early man's daily life. The girls are certainly an eyeful, but they are nowhere near as groomed or glamorous as Raquel Welch or Victoria Vetri.

The film stands out in many ways. There is no opening narration and no dialogue to speak of. Instead of using the gibberish language of the earlier films, the "Creatures" say very little, grunting and gesturing to communicate with one another. The solid performances make this surprisingly effective. The movie also inverts the formula established by its predecessors, moving the requisite cataclysmic volcanic eruption to the beginning and letting the human drama dominate the climax. This unusual structure lends extra weight to the finale.

I went in wondering how grunting cavemen(even the curvy kind like Julie Ege!) could hold my attention for 90 minutes without dinosaurs to fight. To my joy, the film is actually quite entertaining. The birth, life and struggle of two brothers vying for leadership of the tribe has an almost Biblical quality, and director Chaffey gives us plenty of fighting and conflict with nature to keep the film moving. Though much of the story consists of the tribe traveling from one fight to another, I found myself caught up in their journey and never once got bored. I don't know any of Don Chaffey's other work, but ONE MILLION YEARS BC and CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT have convinced me that the man knows how to tell a story.

Bottom line? It's a caveman movie. If that ain't your bag, you probably won't like it. But if you can watch the other two Hammer prehistoric movies without fast-forwarding to the dinosaur scenes, you'll probably find CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT a very pleasant surprise!


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