Creatures the World Forgot

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Creatures the World Forgot
Creatures the World Forgot.jpg
Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Michael Carreras
Starring Julie Ege
Brian O'Shaughnessy
Cinematography Vincent Cox
Edited by Chris Barnes
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
July, 1971
Running time
95 mins.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £420,000[1]

Creatures the World Forgot is a 1971 adventure film directed by Don Chaffey and produced and written for Hammer Films by Michael Carreras. The film concentrates on the daily struggle to survive of a tribe of Stone Age men. Very little dialogue is spoken throughout the film, apart from a few grunts and gestures.

Plot synopsis[edit]

A volcano erupts and an earthquake opens up a crevasse, swallowing up many members of the 'Dark Tribe'. The tribal leader is killed and a fight for leadership between two survivors, Mak (Brian O'Shaughnessy) and Zen, soon breaks out. Mak is victorious and leads the surviving tribe members across a desert in search of a new home. They meet and befriend tribe of fair-haired people. The leader of the fair-haired people presents Mak with a girl, Noo, as a wife. Mak offers a girl in exchange, but she already has a mate. She tries to escape with her mate, but they are caught and killed. The Dark tribe move on and eventually settle in a fertile valley where they flourish. Noo gives birth to twin boys on the same day another woman gives birth to a mute girl. The tribe demand that the girl be sacrificed, but a lightning strike convinces the tribes’ old witch to adopt her as her apprentice.

Years later, the now adolescent twins, (dark haired Rool and fair haired Toomak) fight for their father’s attention. Rool tries to rape the mute girl. She escapes but falls into the grasp of a marauding tribe. Toomak leads Mak and the other tribesmen to the marauders’ cave. A battle ensues and the marauders’ chief is killed by Toomak. Toomak rescues the mute girl and takes the defeated chief’s daughter, Nala, as his wife. Mak names Toomak as his successor as tribal chief and then dies of wounds sustained in the battle. Rool disputes the decision and he fights with Toomak in a ritualised battle. On the brink of victory, Toomak spares his brother’s life. Toomak decides to leave, taking Nala and half the tribe with him. Consumed with hatred for his brother, Rool decides to track Toomak down. Rool and his men are attacked by a forest tribe, but are rescued by Toomak. Rool, still hating his brother, abducts Nala. Toomak chases after Rool. At the top of a cliff, Rool stakes Nala to a pyre. Toomak and Rool fight whilst Nala frees herself (only to be caught in the grasp of a python). Toomak saves Nala whilst the mute girl stabs an effigy of Rool, sending him falling to his death.

Production[edit]

All of the exterior sequences were shot in Namibia and South Africa. The film is the fourth and last of Hammer's "Cave Girl" sequence of films, preceded by One Million Years B.C. (1966) (also directed by Don Chaffey), Slave Girls (1967) and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970). Like the other films it trades heavily on the audience appeal of scantily clad tribeswomen. This film eschews the stop-motion dinosaurs of the first and third of the series. [2]

Creatures the World Forgot is not related to two later, similarly titled films, The Land That Time Forgot (1975), and The People That Time Forgot (1977). These were made by Amicus Productions and both starred Doug McClure.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce G. Hallenbeck, British Cult Cinema: Hammer Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Hemlock Books 2011 p206
  2. ^ Sinclair McKay (2007): A Thing of Unspeakable Horror: The History of Hammer Films: 105

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