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(1970)

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In its first week of release, it was the #1 top grossing film in the United States, making $2,900,583.
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Final film of Joan Crawford.
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The ratty ape suit is a leftover monkey outfit from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
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Joan Crawford's adopted daughter Christina, still on speaking terms with her mother, was asked to attend the movie's premiere in Joan's place. Afterwards, Christina says she got a call from Joan Crawford asking her what she thought of the picture. "What could I tell her about this...it was the absolute worst piece of junk...so I told her it must have been a grueling picture to be on, working with all the stuffed animals...and she hung up on me."
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Joan Crawford, then on Pepsi-Cola's board of directors, demanded product placement for Pepsi-Cola in all her later films. In this one, terrified villagers run past a Pepsi stand while fleeing Trog.
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After seeing this film, Joan Crawford supposedly joked that if it hadn't been for her end-of-life conversion to Christian Science, she might have committed suicide due to her embarrassment at having been in it.
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A Joan Crawford bio claims that this film's budget was so low that on location Crawford had to change clothes in a car. Producer Herman Cohen' says story is not true and that she had a "huge caravan."
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Joan Crawford reportedly supplied her own wardrobe for this film due to its very low budget.
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The second of two films that Joan Crawford made as a favor for her personal friend Herman Cohen. The first was Berserk (1967) which also starred Michael Gough.
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The dinosaur scenes were done by Willis H. O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen for the Irwin Allen film The Animal World (1956).
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According to 'Feud: Bette and Joan,' the original name of the picture was "The Missing Link."
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Rona Newton-John, who played a reporter (uncredited), is Olivia Newton-John's older sister.
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This film is listed among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John WIlson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
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John Hamill, who plays the second spelunker to strip to his undershorts during the opening cave sequence, was used to this kind of exposure. In the late 1960s he ranked as one of England's top "physique" models.
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The film was released in the US as the bottom half of a double bill with Torture Garden (1967), which was also directed by Freddie Francis..
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This was originally set to be made by Tigon Pictures, from a script by Tigon owner Tony Tenser and low-budget specialists Derek Ford and Donald Ford.
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Tim Barrett replaced Brian Grellis who dropped out before filming began.
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At this low point in her career, Joan Crawford was rumored to have been lacing her multiple glasses of "Pepsi" each day with liberal amounts of vodka, which helps explain how she kept a straight face while making as trashy a film as this.
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