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Trog

UK 1970
produced by
Herman Cohen
directed by Freddie Francis
starring Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay, Kim Braden, David Griffin, John Hamill, Thorley Walters, Jack May, Geoffrey Case, Robert Hutton, Simon Lack, David Warbeck, Chloe Franks, Maurice Good, Joe Cornelius
story by Peter Bryan, John Gilling, screenplay by Aben Kandel, music by John Scott

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The missing link, dubbed Trog (Joe Cornelius) has just been found in a cave, and even though he has just killed an explorer (Geoffrey Case), Doctor Brockton (Joan Crawford) insists on capturing the creature alive, and once Trog's in captivity, Doc Brockton starts to reach out to him, ultimately tame him. She even tries to teach him to speak. Now that all sounds like an amazing scientific accomplishment, but greedy land developer Murdock (Michael Gough) wants to hear nothing of it because he thinks it will send the prices for land into a freefall. First he tries to battle Brockton and Trog legally, but with no success, then he frees Trog from captivity and teases him to get him into a rage - which works but is not a good idea at the same time because Mujrdock becomes Trog's first victim. Then Trog goes on a bit of a rampage and kidnaps a little girl whom he takes to the caves with him. The army surrounds the caves to kill Trog, but Doc Brockton manages to at least get the kid away from him first, but fails to save Trog as well, who dies in the army attack.

 

Silly little monster movie, with a silly lead monster (a man in an ape mask) and an even sillier pseudo-scientific story to build the backbone of the film. And more than anything else, these two elements are the main problems of Trog: the pseudo-scientific story makes little sense on one hand, on the other, any kind of seriousness is thrown out of the window once you see the guy in his rubber mask. Plus, these scenes are rather boring, even, so much so that when the expected schlocky monster havoc does set in, it's already too little too late.

Not a total failure, at least trash enthusiasts will find something to laugh about, but not good or even as funny as its title either.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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