For the longest time, I had mistakenly thought that Creatures The World Forgot was part of the cinematic saga known as The Land That Time Forgot and its sequel, The People That Time Forgot. Both of these films were released in 1975 and 1977, and starred Doug McClure. They were based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (the creator of Tarzan and John Carter: Warlord of Mars) and dealt with a World War One era German submarine coming across a lost world of dinosaurs. I had never seen Creatures, and it wasn’t until very recently that I had discovered that not only didn’t it have anything to do with the Time Forgot films, but that Creatures was released earlier than them, in 1971.
When I finally received my made on demand copy of Creatures The World Forgot (apparently the studio didn’t think this film had enough fans to sell it in their regular DVD catalog) I saw that there were no closed captions for the hearing impaired. This has been a problem with many of the MOD discs; they don’t have CC. But once I started watching Creatures, I saw that I didn’t need the CC, because it’s a movie that takes place back in prehistoric times where everybody speaks ’caveman’. Director Don Chaffey wisely relies on telling his story visually, and it works very nicely. There’s not as much grunting as you would expect from the actors, seeing how they express themselves through hand gestures, with the most prominently used one being the pointing gesture, which equates to: ’look at that!’.
Creatures is the third film in the caveman saga produced by Hammer Films that started with One Million Years B.C. Also directed by Chaffey, B.C. starred Raquel Welch, still fresh from being squeezed by antibodies in Fantastic Voyage. Next up is When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth (1970), the second in the unofficial caveman trilogy produced by Hammer, with Creatures being the third and final film. Creatures ditched the dinosaurs, which were produced by Ray Harryhausen and Jim Danforth in BC and Dinosaurs, respectively. Instead of dinos we are treated to the story of a power struggle over a tribe between two brothers (Tony Bonner and Robert John), with a beautiful and scantily clad (is there any other kind of cave girl?) Julie Ege caught in the middle.
All in all, Creatures The World Forgot is a lesser entry in this caveman genre, but it was still enjoyable to watch. The widescreen print used for the DVD was clear and clean, with bright colors reflecting the stunning natural landscapes used here (as well as the natural landscapes of Miss Ege). Written and produced by Michael Carreras, the film does keep falling flat on its face in some scenes, like the customary fight to the death between two characters (which always conveniently takes place on sandy soil to lessen injury to the half naked actors); the goofy use of dummies in some shots, and they obviously look like dummies; and the hysterically funny looking “bear” that’s just a guy in a really bad costume. This just makes the movie enjoyable on a cheesy level, and I’m glad I sought it out. –SF