Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Neanderthal Man: Terrible Movies #24
A complex study of the delineation between academia and...who am I kidding? It's a pseudo-scientific Wolfman minus the mystique that includes a transformation scene they just run backwards and forwards as they see fit. The folksy yokels all say words like varmint, critter, feller, and chaw; and the uppity and stuffy scientists say words like forbade. A tiger skin rug with the head still on has a close-up while standing-in for a living tiger. A crackpot gives a scientific discussion with a diagram that includes Piltdown Man to a roomful of extravagantly bearded cigar smoking academics. Sadly, this film contains a lot more footage of the Neanderthal than is really needed, who is often beating picnickers senseless and dragging their women kicking and screaming into the brush. The makeup is awful, and the Neanderthal's rigid face looks like a Pleistocene Beethoven with a pompadour. Boring. On Netflix Instant Streaming.