|TROG (director: Freddie Francis; screenwriters: Abel Kandel/from the story by Peter Bryan & John Gilling; cinematographer: Desmond Dickinson; editor: ; music: John Scott; cast: Joan Crawford (Dr Brockton), Joe Cornelius (Trog), Michael Gough (Sam Murdock), David Griffin (Malcolm Travers), Kim Braden (Ann Brockton), Bernard Kay (Inspector Greenham), Thorley Walters (Magistrate), Jack May (Dr Selbourne), Geoffrey Case (Bill), John Hamill (Cliff); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Herman Cohen; Warner Brothers; 1970-UK)|
|"The tiresome film,
resorting to campy dramatics, should have been
left in hibernation."
by Dennis Schwartz
sixty-something Joan Crawford in her last film. It's
an awful Brit B horror pic, one that fails to get
anywhere with its insipid missing link tale of a
'noble savage' discovered in a cave that he dwelled in
for ten million years. Abel Kandel writes the
screenplay based on the story by Peter
John Gilling, and gets stuck with an
uninteresting story pitting a scientist calling for
knowledge wanting to save the captured violent
Neanderthal Man, called a trog, against the ignorant
developer who wants it destroyed because its bad for
business. Freddie Francis ("Nightmare"/"The
Skull"/"Craze") makes his most embarrassing movie.
Even the monster's make-up is cheap and unconvincing.
potholers, college science students venturing onto
unmapped turf in the English countryside, on their
freelance expedition, discover a cave no one was ever
in. One of the boys, Bill (Geoffrey Case),
is attacked and killed, another, Cliff (John Hamill),
is in shock, while the leader, Malcolm (David Griffin),
brings the traumatized Cliff to the nearby Brockton
Research Centre for treatment. The sensitive
anthropologist, Dr. Brockton (Joan Crawford), treats
Cliff and captures the trog, a half man and half ape
creature, and brings him back to her centre after
shooting it with a tranquiler rifle. In her lab the
caged trog is subject to her corny experiments. After
taming the trog, assisted by her daughter Ann (Kim Braden)
and Malcolm, the obnoxious real estate developer Sam
Gough) sabotages her
efforts and takes her to court to have the monster
destroyed. After losing in court, the vile Murdock
breaks into the lab and frees trog.
manhunt chases down the monster who is on the run
across the countryside, and commits such atrocities as
hanging a butcher on a meathook.
as a scientist is laughable, as she relentlessly
preaches for science and treats the monster as if her
pet--even encouraging it to play with dolls. The
tiresome film, resorting to campy dramatics, should
have been left in hibernation.
REVIEWED ON 6/14/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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