Hammer Films: “Cave Girls” series

During the late 1960s Hammer Films produced a series of films that became known as the “Cave Girl” series, trading heavily on the audience appeal of scantily clad tribeswomen.

One Million Years BC (1966) Slave Girls/Prehistoric Women (1967) When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

One Million Years BC (1966)

Released December 30, 1966 (UK); February 21, 1967 (US)

This is the way it was.
Travel back through time and space to the edge of man’s beginnings… discover a savage world whose only law was lust!

One_Million_Years_BCOne Million Years B.C. is a British adventure/fantasy film starring Raquel Welch and John Richardson, set in a fictional age of caveman and dinosaurs. The film was made by Hammer Film Productions and Seven Arts, and is a remake of the Hollywood film One Million B.C. (1940). It recreates many of the scenes of the earlier film, such as an Allosaurus attacking a child in a tree. Location scenes were filmed on the Canary Islands in the middle of winter, in late 1965. The British release prints of this film were printed in dye transfer Technicolor. The US version was cut by 9 minutes, printed in DeLuxe Color, and released in 1967.

Like the original film, this remake is largely ahistorical. It portrays dinosaurs and humans living at the same point in time; according to the geologic time scale, the last non-avian dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago, and modern humans, Homo sapiens, did not exist until about 300,000 years BC.

Plot Summary

Caveman Tumak (Richardson) is banished from his savage tribe. He finds a brief home among a group of gentle seacoast dwelling cave people until he is banished from them as well. Missing him, one of their women, Loana (Welch) leaves with him, deciding to face the harsh prehistoric world with its monsters and volcanoes as a couple. [IMDb.com]

Other Notable Cast Members

  • Percy Herbert (The Bridge on the River Kwai, Carry On films) as Sakana
  • Robert Brown (“M” in the James Bond films, 1983-1989) as Akhoba
  • Martine Beswick as Nupondi

Slave Girls aka Prehistoric Women (1967)

Released July 7, 1967 (UK); January 25, 1967 (US)

Behold a savage world where men are slaves to desire…and women are their demanding masters!

Prehistoric_WomenSlave Girls is a British Fantasy Adventure film starring Martine Beswick as the main antagonist and stage actor Michael Latimer. Steven Berkoff features in a small role at the end.

Hammer used nearly all the sets and costumes left over from the film One Million Years B.C. (1966), which had starred Raquel Welch and featured Martine Beswick.

Plot Summary

Jungle guide David Marchand (Latimer) is kidnapped by a tribe of natives who want to sacrifice him to their white rhino god. Just as he’s about to be killed, however, he is thrown backwards in time to a kingdom of brunette women and their blonde slaves. David rejects the advances of Queen Kari (Beswick) and sides with the blondes, which leads to him being imprisoned in the dungeon. Can David find some way of returning to his own time? And if he does, what will be awaiting him when he returns? [IMDb.com]

Other Notable Cast Members

  • Carol White (Cathy Come Home) as Gido
  • Sydney Bromley as Ullo
  • Frank Hayden (pioneer of the Special Olympics) as Arja
  • Robert Raglan (Fabian of the Yard) as Colonel Hammond
  • Mary Hignett (All Creatures Great and Small) as Mrs. Hammond

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Released October 25, 1970 (UK); March 17, 1971 (US)

Enter an age of unknown terrors, pagan worship and virgin sacrifice…

When_dinosaurs_ruled_the_earthWhen Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth is a British prehistoric monster film from Hammer Film Productions. The film was written and directed by Val Guest and starred Playboy Playmate Victoria Vetri.

The screenplay was based on a treatment by J. G. Ballard (author of Empire of the Sun) but, like Hammer’s other prehistoric films, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth anachronistically portrays the dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era from about 252 to 66 million years ago living alongside Homo sapiens of the late Quaternary period (±200,000 years ago). The film’s characters use a language that was specially written for the film, albeit of only a dozen words or so, a frequent one being “neekro”, which means “kill”.

Plot Summary

Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for protection from the giant lizards and other creatures that preys on them. Sanna (Vetri), one of the sacrificial offerings, finds herself on her own when a freak storm interrupts the ceremony. As she searches for a safe haven she encounters hostility from rival tribes and lots of huge and deadly dinosaurs. [IMDb.com]

Other Notable Cast Members

  • Patrick Allen (Protect and Survive information films) as Kingsor / Narrator
  • Carol Hawkins (The Fenn Street Gang) as Yani

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

Released April 18, 1971 (UK); September 1, 1971 (US)

They don’t make them like this anymore … not in a million years!

Creatures_the_World_ForgotCreatures the World Forgot is an adventure film produced for Hammer Films. 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.

The film is not related to two later, similarly titled films, The Land That Time Forgot (1975), and The People That Time Forgot (1977) that both starred Doug McClure.

Plot Summary

In prehistoric times, two brothers fight each other for the leadership of their tribe.

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