“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Monday, August 11, 2014
Teenage Cave Man (1958)
aka Prehistoric World
How bad is it? Star Robert Vaughan called it one of the worst films ever made, but we've had 50 years of progress in that department. Should you see it? It's a passable time-waster, so I give it a mild yes.
Robert Vaughan plays the title character, though he's terribly miscast; he looked middle-aged even when he was young. His caveman outfit looks like modern materials - the shoes, especially. The plot has him going where his tribe has forbidden, because of a monster that can kill with its touch, leading to a surprise ending that you'll see a mile away. One actor plays four roles, including an animal, and dies three times. Footage from the 1940 "One Million B.C." supplies the dinosaurs. This is one of the more respectable films Roger Corman directed.