Tigri (Laurette Luez, working her way up to Bomba and Bowery Boys films) and her stone-age girl friends hate all men, but realizing they are a necessary evil, capture some for potential (strictly business, no recreation allowed) husbands. Engor (Allan Nixon, working his way down to the Mesa of Lost Women) escapes and, in his travels, discovers fire. This comes in handy later, after he has been recaptured by the women, when he drives off a dragon, or something, with his new discovery. This little feat has the effect of making the women realize their rightful subservient position, and he and Tigri have a primitive (non-catered) wedding, and go off to start a new tribe of fur-wearers.
Running Time: 74 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: UR
Prehistoric Women wasn't actually my first choice for this particular roundtable, but I'm glad I ended up doing it. I came into this movie expecting it to be really boring and crappy like the last couple of films I reviewed, so it was a pleasant surprise for me when that turned out not to be the case at all.
The plot in this movie was simple. A tribe of cavegirls are told by their wise old woman that they must find husbands and reproduce so the tribe can survive. To that end, the girls go out looking for men and happen upon a hunting party consisting of four guys from a tribe of cave dwellers that live in the mountains. They capture the men, and then a battle of wills to see who the dominant sex will be ensues.
That sounds simple enough now doesn't it? And it is simple, but that's not to say there wasn't anything at all about this film that surprised me, because that's not the case at all. There were in fact many things that surprised me about this film.
The first thing that surprised me about this film was that it was in color. This film was made in 1950, and back then color film was quite expensive and there weren't a lot of movies done in color because of the cost involved. Most of the films shot on color film at the time were bigger budget productions from the major studios. I don't know if this film being shot in color was a good thing or not though, because over the years the quality of the film they used for the transfer to this DVD became quite bad. A lot of the scenes in this movie were overly dark, and some of the semi-dark scenes ended up with a purplish hue to them. The ones that weren't dark tended to lean towards the dark side and raising the brightness didn't help much. Now that's not to say that the movie is unwatchable, because that's not the case at all. The film is fine in pretty much every part but the night scenes. Those are the only ones that get really dark to the point where it's hard to see much of anything. Looking back on it, I think I'd have to say that the film would have looked better visually in black and white, and the black and white film would have held up better over time, but if it had been done in black and white, it would have lost something. This is a film that should have been shot in color, and that was a good decision on the part of the film makers.
I just saw this film at the request of a friend. How pleasantly surprised I was - this movie is fantastic! Girls in animal skins fighting giants and dancing like animals in the moonlight ... it can't get any better. My favourite line: "The dominant male is happy and contented. Women wait on him as though he were a king." The 60s Hammer film is great, as well, but this is pure enjoyment
Greg C. Tallas
Sam X. Abarbanel
Gregg C. Tallas
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