The following movie list (shown in order of release) represent full feature films that have a stong Stone Age theme. Cartoons and documentary films are generally not included. Modern natives, where their culture is still completely reliant upon stone technology, but in a more contempory setting are listed, including Apocalypto; however those films where natives demonstrate some primitive behaviour that is not directly prehistoric, such as the numerous Tarzan stories, are not.

Many films were made purely for fun, such as His Prehistoric Past (1914), Caveman (1981) or Year One (2009) and others for dramatic action and effect, such as One Million BC (1940), Ironmaster (1983) or 10,000 BC (2008) - this category is typically wildly inaccurate and often shows cavemen battling with dinosaurs.

Bringing the Stone Age into the present or returning to prehistory is another interesting genre, such as Encino Man (1992), Iceman (1984) or Cavegirl (1985). Horror films, where cannibalistic "creatures" arise from the deep past to cause havoc on the unsuspecting public are perhaps the least innovative of this style. Yet another movie device is using the Stone Age to show the passage of time, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and History of the World: Part 1 (1981). These two concepts are combined in the intriguing and thought provoking The Man From Earth (2007).

A number of so-called "comedies" after 1950 purely exist to show as much female flesh as possible - the power of the cavegirl in a leather bikini was most famously exploited by Rachel Welch in 1966.

A few films do show Stone Age life in more realistic settings. These include Quest for Fire (1981), Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), AO The Last Neanderthal (2010) and the documentary styled Missing Link (1988). Not as popular with the movie audience, film critics, or the even archaeologists, they remain the closet film portrayal of ancient life.

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PREHISTORIC PEEPS

PLOT: A professor is lowered into a cave full of stalactites. A dinosaur chases him round the cave, undeterred by his revolver shots. The chase continues above ground, where the dinosaur finally succumbs to the bullets. The professor is surrounded by prehistoric women dwelling in grass huts, until more dinosaurs appear. The professors wife finds him asleep in his laboratory, surrounded by his fossils. She wakes him with the aid of a soda syphon.


NOTES: Generally believed to be the first film depiction of dinosaurs - accomplished through the use of simple pantomime costumes. Based on the work of cartoonist Edward Tennyson Reed who created the genre of placing prehistoric men and dinosaurs into comic situations.

  • Released: 1905
  • Stars: Sebastian Smith, Hetty Potter and Lottie Martin 
  • Director: Lewin Fitzhamon
  • Duration: 4mins (262ft)

PREHISTORIC MAN

PLOT: An artist's drawing of a prehistoric man come to life and chases the artist until he manages to draw a prehistoric monster that also comes to life and eats the prehistoric man.


NOTES: Urban Trading Company

  • Released: 1908
  • Director: Walter R. Booth
  • Duration: 3000ft

THE PREHISTORIC MAN

PLOT: A modern day man dressed as a caveman for a pageant is mistaken for a real one.


NOTES: Oceano Martinek was a popular circus child entertainer and later in music halls. British & Colonial Kinematograph Company film

  • Released: 1911
  • Director: Oceano H. Martinek

THE CAVE MAN / BEFORE A BOOK WAS WRITTEN

 

PLOT: After her father dies, Chloe is left alone in the world. She is discovered and taken home to their cave by brothers Dagban and Eric, who vie for her affection in an allegory about “brain vs. brawn.” When “Dagban threatens to do her bodily harm unless she accedes to his intentions” Eric beats up his brother to protect Chloe, and then subsequently leaves the cave he calls home to avoid further conflict.

By this point, he has won Chloe’s affection with his kindness and love, and she decides to follow him and “together they continue their journey, seeking happiness in the land beyond the horizon, which joins earth with heaven.”

  • Released: 1912
  • Stars: Ralph Ince, Edith Storey and Harry Northrup
  • Directors: Charles L. Gaskill and Ralph Ince
  • Duration: 1 Reel
  • Written by: Charles L. Gaskell 

AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING

PLOT: A society girl is the centre of attention for many of the young men at the Ball. Finally one gentleman approaches and is introduced, but he is not smitten with her charms and turns away haughtily without a second glance. She is who impressed by the "masterful" man, but so upset by this unusual experience that she dreams of it at night.

In her dreams, she is carried back to the Stone Age, where she becomes a haughty queen, who reigns over a tribe of cave men that worshipped her as a goddess. There she meets a primitive counterpart of the stranger at the ball, who fascinates and dominates her just as the stranger did.


NOTE: Thanhouser Company (later the Thanhouser Film Corporation)

  • Released: 1912
  • Stars: Mignon Anderson and Florence La Badie
  • Director: George O. Nichols
  • Duration: 1 Reel

MAN'S GENESIS

PLOT: A man tells his grandchildren about prehistoric man. Weakhands is unable to court a woman because of his physical weakness. Humiliated by Bruteforce, he bumps into Lillywhite, who has also been cowering since her mother died. But when they venture out in search of breakfast, Bruteforce separates the couple and sends Weakhands scrambling into a cave. There, he hits upon the design for a club: A rock on the end of a stick. With this equalizer, he soon vanquishes Bruteforce and wins Lillywhite back again.


NOTES: Subtitled as A Psychological Comedy Founded Upon the Darwinian Theory of the Evolution of Man. Sequel Brute Force. A brief glimpse of Mae Marsh legs through her grass skirt was considered controversial at the time.

  • Released: 1912
  • Stars: W. Chrystie Miller, Robert Harron and Mae Marsh
  • Director: D. W. Griffith
  • Written by: D. W. Griffith and Frank E. Woods
  • Duration: 17mins

BRUTE FORCE

PLOT: A well dressed gent dozes off reading a book about primitive man; we see the dream enacted. Weakhands loses his girlfriend to Bruteforce, but chances upon a design for a weapon to vanquish his rival and win her back. His tribe sees this and sets him up as their leader. With the club, he fends off various creatures (a winged lizard, a snake, a dinosaur) and a rival tribe led by Monkeywalk. But the rivals discover the secret of the club and capture the women. Weakhands, sitting in despair, chances upon a new weapon: the bow and arrow. With this tool, he slays the rival tribe and restores domestic tranquility.


NOTES: Called Primitive Man in USA, it was filmed in Chatsworth Park (LA)

  • Released: 1914
  • Stars: Robert Harron, Mae Marsh and William J. Butler
  • Director: D. W. Griffith
  • Duration: 32mins

HIS PREHISTORIC PAST

PLOT: Set in the stone age, King Low-Brow rules the land and a harem of wives. When Charlie arrives in this land (where every man has one thousand wives), he falls in love with the King's favorite wife. When the King falls over a cliff, he is presumed dead and Charlie crowns himself King.

The King, however, is not dead and comes back and bashes Charlie over the head with a rock. It turns out it was a dream and a police man bashed Charlie over the head with his club because he was sleeping in the park.


NOTES: The film was Charlie Chaplin's last for Keystone Studios; during the 12 months he worked there, he made 35 short films.

  • Released: 1914
  • Stars: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Gene Marsh and Fritz Schade
  • Director: Charlie Chaplin
  • Duration: 22mins
  • Written by: Charlie Chaplin

A PREHISTORIC LOVE STORY

PLOT: A burlesque romance set in caveman days.


NOTES: Zenith Film Company. Isobel Elsom became known at that time as 'the English Mary Pickford'

  • Released: 1915
  • Stars: Seymour HicksIsobel Elsom and Franklyn Bellamy 
  • Director: Leedham Bantock
  • Duration: 20mins
  • Written by: Seymour Hicks

THE DINOSAUR AND THE MISSING LINK: A PREHISTORIC TRAGEDY

PLOT: Three suitors, named the Duke, Stonejaw Steve and Theophilus Ivoryhead, compete for the hand of Miss Araminta Rockface. Ivoryhead, an unassuming weakling, wins her hand when the others mistakenly believe that he has killed a large ape which was actually felled by a dinosaur.


NOTES: This stop motion animation was one of the first films made by the legendary Willis O'Brien, who would later do the special effects for "The Lost World" and "King Kong".  Not theatrically released until 1917 when the Thomas A. Edison Studios bought the film for $525
  • Released: 1915
  • Director: Willis O'Brien
  • Duration: 6mins
  • Written by: Willis O'Brien

PREHISTORIC POULTRY, THE DINORNIS OR GREAT ROARING WHIFFENPOOF

PLOT: A caveman falls victim to a prehistoric prankster, but he is avenged by his giant pet chicken named Dinornis.


NOTES: Commissioned by Thomas A. Edison for a series on mannikin comedies

  • Released: 1916
  • Director: Willis H. O'Brien
  • Duration: 3mins
  • Written by: Willis H. O'Brien

R.F.D. 10,000 B.C.

PLOT : Caveman Henry Saurus, uses a dinosaur to pull his wagon to deliver the mail battles rival Johnny Bearskin for the affections of Winnie Warclub on Valentine's Day.


NOTES: Commissioned by Thomas A. Edison for a series on mannikin comedies. This film was likely never released, although originally intended for release by Forum Films in May 1917 as part of the Edison Conquest program no 3.

  • Released: 1916
  • Director: Willis H. O'Brien
  • Duration: 13mins
  • Written by: Willis H. O'Brien

RACE SUICIDE

PLOT: A jilted prehistoric suitor murders the child of the woman he loves. During the age of the Roman Empire, a soldier has an affair with a shepherdess, and after he has left, she has their child. The shepherdess looks for the father, but returns brokenhearted after finding him with another woman and then dies while saving her child from a poisonous snake. During the Elizabethan era, a wayward son seeks spiritual redemption through war, and is killed in battle. In modern times, a young, impoverished husband refuses to start a family, despite the pleadings of his wife. Then, when he finally starts earning enough money to consider children, his wife has an accident that makes it impossible for her to become pregnant


NOTES: Intended as a response to D. W. Griffith’s multi-story Intolerance, which had been released in 1915

  • Released: 1916
  • Stars: Ormi HawleyEarl Metcalfe & Kempton Greene
  • Director: George W. Terwilliger
  • Duration: 6 reels
  • Written by: George W. Terwilliger

AZ öSEMBER / THE PREHISTORIC MAN

PLOT: A scientist invents a strange ray that causes a monkey to become as intelligent as a human. Acquiring human personality, the monkey directs the beam to the scientist who regresses to the level of an ape man, before escaping to hide in the Woods. The animal then begins to lusts after a woman and manages to attain political power before eventually being restored to it's original state.


NOTES: Hungarian satire on the use of science that suggests a grotesque situation a possible interchangeability of roles between researcher and guinea pig
  • Released: 1917
  • Stars: Myra Córthy, Lajos Gellért and Árpád Heltai
  • Directors: Cornelius Hintner and Alfred Desy
  • Written by: Zoltán Somlyó and Ernõ Gyõri

AS IN THE DAYS OF YORE

A prehistoric fantasy

 

  • Released: 1917
  • Stars: Bob Reed
  • Director: Maurice Sandground
  • Duration: 2000ft (30mins)

CAVE MAN'S BLUFF

PLOT: Two timid bachelors admire the same pretty woman. The first bachelor wants to propose to the woman of his choice and is advised to try cave man methods and he wins the girl.

His friend (bachelor number two) then falls in love with the newly married girl, when he sees her in the lobby of the office building in which both men work. Without knowling her new status, the pair get into a number of good-natured comic situations.


NOTES: Possibly titled "Caveman's Buff"

  • Released: 1917
  • Stars: Sidney Drew and Mrs Drew
  • Director: Sidney Drew
  • Written by: Thomas J. Geraghty 

 

CALL FOR MR CAVEMAN

PLOT: Two men are fighting for the hand of the beautiful Adorable, but before they can settle their differences a giant caveman carries the young girl away. Her father promises her hand and a new suit of clothes to any man who can rescue Adorable from the giant cave-man.


NOTES: A Hal Roach comedy made during the period Harold Lloyd was out with injury after blowing off half his hand

  • Released: 1919
  • Stars: 'Snub' Pollard , Mildred Davis and Ernest Morrison
  • Director: Alfred J. Goulding
  • Duration: 11mins

ADAM'S RIB

PLOT: Michael Ramsay only has time for gathering his fortune in wheat. His wife seeks comfort elsewhere and, to avoid a scandal, her daughter Matilda assumes her mother's guilt. Ramsay nearly goes broke but gets rich again; his wife returns.

The last part of the film contains a sequence shot on colour film. DeMille was famous for his fantasy sequences and this described as a wonderful scene of social life in prehistoric times in a great forest, introduces the first "flapper".


NOTES: The film was a critical and financial disappointment, barely breaking even against its production and distribution costs.

  • Released: 1923
  • Stars: Milton Sills, Elliott Dexter and Theodore Kosloff
  • Director: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Duration: 903.52 metres, 10 reels
  • Written by: Jeanie Macpherson 

THREE AGES

PLOT: In Three Ages, the hero is challenged to a fight for the girl.

In the Stone Age, they clomp each other on the head with clubs. In the Roman Age he is challenged to a chariot race, but the day of the race there is a blizzard, so he puts sled runners on his chariot and fastens on dogs instead of horses. In the Modern Age, the battle is football.


NOTES: Keaton's first independently produced feature film. English born Margaret Leahy's beauty contest prize was a role in Norma Talmadge's movie, Within the Law, however hopelessly incompetent as an actress, she was "demoted" to star in The Three Ages.

  • Released: 1923
  • Stars: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy and Wallace Beery
  • Directors: Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton
  • Duration: 63mins
  • Written by: Clyde Bruckman and Joseph A. Mitchell

PREHISTORIC HAYSEEDS

PLOT: Mum and Day Hayseed are visited by archaeologist Owen Osborne who looking for signs of prehistoric people in nearby caves. Through a cave they discover a secret valley which is home to an lost tribe, who wear skins for clothing and are surrounded by diamonds.

Dad Hayseed makes friends with Wup who plays an ancient form of golf and Owen falls in love with the Wup daughter, rescuing her from an unwanted suitor - Beetle Brows. This leads to a rising of an opposing clan and the Wups flee to civilisation with the Hayseeds. They go to Sydney and have various adventures, including a trip to the Randwick Races.


NOTES: Beaumont Smith was inspired by the Buster Keaton movie Three Ages

  • Released: 1923
  • Stars: Hector St Clair,
    Gordon Collingridge and Lotus Thompson
  • Director: Beaumont Smith 
  • Duration: 5,000 ft
  • Written by: Beaumont Smith 

THE PREHISTORIC MAN

PLOT: In prehistoric Britain He-of-the-Beetle-Brows rescues his sweetheart, She-of- the-Permanent-Wave, from an auction, where she is being sold by her father, He-of-the-Clutching-Hands. They elope in a prehistoric car.

After Beetle-Brows has helped the Stonehenge Wanderers win back the football cup, he father is reconciled, and gives his consent to their marriage.


NOTES: Early British made comedy film

  • Released: 1924
  • Stars: George Robey, Marie Blanche and H. Agar Lyons
  • Director: A.E. Coleby
  • Written by: Sinclair Hill and George Robey

FIG LEAVES

PLOT: The film opens in the Garden of Eden, when cave-man Adam fights a giant chimp, uses a teetering coconut as his alarm clock, then  tries to read his morning paper (a stone tablet) as he goes to work on the 9:15 dinosaur. A friendly Serpent coaxes Eve into complaining that she simply has not a thing to wear.

In 1926 Eve is still longing for nice clothes, when her best friend Alice (the "snake" counterpart) suggests that Eve take a job as fashion model for the house of André. Seeing his wife in a state of dishabille at a fancy dress shop, Adam angrily declares that he never wants to see her again.

  • Released: 1926
  • Stars: George O'Brien, Olive Borden and Phyllis Haver
  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Duration: 70mins
  • Written by: Howard Hawks and Louis D. Lighton

FLYING ELEPHANTS

PLOT: It's the Stone Age, and the king has declared that all eligible males must marry within 24 hours. The wizard Saxophonus has a terrible toothache and an unmarried daughter, Blushing Rose.

Meanwhile, an enormous stranger comes into the area looking for a wife, but is rebuffed at his first few attempts. Little Twinkle Star is also looking for romance, and he takes an interest in Blushing Rose.


NOTES: This was the last Laurel and Hardy film to be released by Pathe Exchange, before they became the popular team of Laurel and Hardy. The title refers to three animated pachyderms provided by Walter Lantz that fly past in one scene.

  • Released: 1928
  • Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and James Finlayson
  • Directors: Frank Butler and H.M.Walker
  • Duration: 17mins
  • Written by: Hal Roach

ONE MILLION BC / THE CAVE DWELLERS

PLOT: Tumak, member of the prehistoric Rock tribe, is exiled and makes his way to the more peaceful Shell tribe, where he is taken in and taught manners by the lovely Loana. Forced to leave the Shell tribe for fighting, Tumak, along with Loana, return to the Rock tribe, where Loana shows them the error of their brutal ways - until the volcano erupts!


NOTES: The story, characters and dialogue were closely copied for the Hammer remake. It was was the top-grossing film of 1940, and marked the debut of big-chested Victor Mature as a leading man. It received good reviews upon its release (with the New York Times referring to it as a “masterpiece of imaginative fiction”)

  • Released: 1940
  • Stars: Victor Mature, Carole Landis and Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Directors: Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach
  • Duration: 80mins
  • Written by: Mickell Novack and George Baker

RETURN OF THE APE MAN

PLOT: While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. Deciding that it’s necessary to exact complete control over the creature, the professors logically must transplant a more advanced brain into him. Of course, in order to get an advanced brain, you’ve got to kill someone first.


NOTES: There is no connection to The Ape Man (1943) despite Bela Lugosi's star presence in both. Most of the "Arctic expedition" footage is taken from a 1926 Pathe two-reeler, Alaskan Adventures.

  • Released: 1944
  • Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and George Zucco
  • Director: Phil Rosen  
  • Duration: 68mins
  • Written by: Robert Charles 

I'M A MONKEY'S UNCLE

PLOT: Set in the stone age, the stooges are cavemen who must have various misadventures hunting, gathering and otherwise coping with prehistoric life.

When some other cavemen threaten to take their women ("Aggie", "Maggie", and "Baggy"), the boys fight them off with a catapulting tree branch that shoots rocks and eggs.


NOTES: The caveman footage from I'm a Monkey's Uncle was later used in the 1955 film Stone Age Romeos.

 

  • Released: 1948
  • Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard
  • Director: Jules White
  • Duration: 16mins
  • Written by: Zion Myers

PREHISTORIC WOMAN

PLOT: Tigri and her stone-age girl friends hate all men, but realising they are a necessary evil, capture some for potential (strictly business, no recreation allowed) husbands. Engor escapes and, in his travels, discovers fire. This comes in handy later, after he has been recaptured by the women, when he drives off a dragon, or something, with his new discovery. This little feat has the effect of making the women realise their rightful subservient position, and he and Tigri have a primitive wedding and go off to start a new tribe of fur-wearers.


NOTES: This independent film was also titled The Virgin Goddess. Prehistoric Women. Actress Laurette Luez, who plays Tigri in this film, claims to have given Marilyn Monroe her stage name.

  • Released: 1950
  • Stars: Laurette Luez, Allan Nixon and Joan Shawlee
  • Director: Gregg C. Tallas
  • Duration: 74mins
  • Written by: Sam X. Abarbanel  and Gregg C. Tallas

EL BELLO DURMIENTE / THE BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

PLOT: What if caveman had found a potion to sleep for thousand years? A group of archaeologists find a cave with a preserved caveman inside. Triki-tran is a skinny but smart hunter of a tribe of caveman that just had arrived at volcanic central Mexico. His tribe worship the god of fire and hate the god of water. While his comrade Traka-tran is hunting a dinosaur, Triki-tran finds a cave-girl name Jade from the rival tribe, who worship the god of water.

He falls in love with her and want to marry her, but Traka-tran also wants this girl so convinces the tribe leaders that Triki-tran is a protected of the god of water and since it was send to set peace with the other tribe by marrying with their chief's daughter.


NOTES: Mexican comedy

  • Released: 1952
  • Stars: Germán Valdés, Lilia del Valle and Wolf Ruvinskis
  • Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares
  • Duration: 75mins
  • Written by: Juan García and Gilberto Martínez Solares

LES BELLES DE NUIT/ BEAUTIES OF THE NIGHT

PLOT: A young composer forced to teach music to unruly schoolchildren to scrape a living, finally gives up his musical ambitions to retreat in a dream world in which he inhabits various historical epochs.

In his imagination he becomes a a leader of the French Revolution, a decorated hero of the Franco-Algerian War and also goes to the Prehistoric Age (were a caveman sighs about sad times as two fake dinosaurs walk past and the musician escapes in a jeep while being chased by two other caveman), the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages.


NOTES: The film was nominated the Venice Film Festival for Golden Lion

 

  • Released: 1952
  • Stars: Gérard Philipe, Martine Carol and Gina Lollobrigida
  • Director: René Clair
  • Duration: 87mins
  • Written by: René Clair

UNTAMED WOMEN

PLOT: During World War II, an American bomber pilot is rescued after drifting at sea aboard a raft. After being administered truth serum, he tells the doctor a story of how he and the three survivors of his plane crash washed up on an island that was inhabited by a tribe of beautiful primitive cave-women (descended from Druids who left Britain when the Romans invaded), dinosaurs and a group of savage cavemen (referred to as a tribe of "hairy men") who are bent on abducting the women for breeding purposes.

 

  • Released: 1952
  • Stars: Mikel Conrad, Doris Merrick and Richard Monahan
  • Director: W. Merle Connell
  • Duration: 70mins
  • Written by: George Wallace Sayre

THE NEANDERTHAL MAN

PLOT: A scientist who works in his home lab out of town is rejected by his colleges at the Naturalists´ Society when he presents his theory that the size of skull and brain equate with intelligence, and therefore Neanderthal man was equal, if not superior, to Homo sapiens. After his professional rejection the scientist rejecting his fiancée and filled with mad desire secludes himself in his lab where he develops a serum that turns himself into THE NEANDERTHAL MAN.


NOTES: Low-budget, US sci-fi film in the Jeckyl-and-Hyde genre

  • Released: 1953
  • Stars: Robert Shayne, Joyce Terry, Beverly Garland and Robert Long
  • Director: Ewald André Dupont
  • Duration: 78mins
  • Written by: Aubrey Wisberg and, Jack Pollexfen

TEENAGE CAVEMAN

PLOT: A prehistoric tribe live in a remote Valley . A youth stands up to question their laws, which state that to cross the river and the Burning Plains beyond will bring death. He is threatened with exile and so decides to set forth to discover the truth for himself accompanied by three others. They encounter giant lizards, wild dogs and eventually a man who comes from beyond the Burning Plains and holds the truth about the nature of their world.

NOTES: This film was shot under the title Prehistoric World. American International changed the title to Teenage Cave Man. Lead actor Robert Vaughn has stated in an interview that he considered it to be the worst film ever made.

  • Released: 1958
  • Stars: Robert Vaughn, Darah Marshall and Leslie Bradley
  • Director: Roger Corman
  • Duration: 65mins
  • Written by: R. Wright Campbell

MONSTER ON CAMPUS

PLOT: Professor Donald Blake acquires a preserved coelacanth, but as the ancient fish begins to thaw during transit, various creatures come into content with the bloody water turn into savage "prehistoric" beasts. Blake discovers the coelacanth was given high doses of gamma radiation to prevent the fish from decay.

As a result of dealing with one of the transformed "prehistoric" beasts, Blake ingests some of the contaminated blood and turns into Neanderthal monster himself; who then commits murder.


PLOT: Director Jack Arnold hated the plot and said that he only did it as a favour for Joe Gershenson who was head of music at Universal.

 

  • Released: 1958
  • Stars: Arthur FranzJoanna Mooreand Judson Pratt
  • Director: Jack Arnold
  • Duration: 77mins
  • Written by: David Duncan

WILD WOMEN OF WONGA

PLOT: On the tropical island of Wongo, a tribe of beautiful women discover that the other side of the island is inhabited by a tribe of handsome men. They also discover that a tribe of evil ape men live on the island, too, and the ape men are planning a raid on the tribe in order to capture mates.

NOTES: The story also involves alligators, talking parrots, and a dragon god. The entire film was shot at an amusement park in Florida.

  • Released: 1958
  • Stars: Jean Hawkshaw, Mary Ann Webb and Candé Gerrard
  • Director: James L. Wolcott
  • Duration: 71mins
  • Written by: Cedric Rutherford

DINOSAURS!

PLOTS: As some Americans are building a harbor on a a Caribbean island, they discover a brontosaurus and a T-rex that have been frozen. Also, a caveman somehow was equally preserved by mud. Soon after these corpses are unfrozen by lightning that strikes the bodies and brings them back to life.

The a very friendly Neanderthal man proceeds to befriend a local orphan boy. One sequence has him coming face to face with a woman in full make-up -- and both go screaming off in terror. The boy, Neanderthal and irritated dinosaurs make for an interesting dramatic climax.

 

  • Released: 1960
  • Stars: Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather and Kristina Hanson
  • Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
  • Duration: 85mins
  • Written by: Jack H. Harris and Dan E. Weisburd

VALLEY OF THE DRAGONS

PLOT: Two men, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are having a duel with one another when a comet goes past the earth at low altitude. The strong wind this creates transports the two men to the moon. They find themselves in a jungle inhabited by reptiles and prehistoric humans.

They have a difficult time before they manage to adapt to the dangers, but eventually they each find a girl to spend time with, awaiting the next return of the comet to take them back to Earth.


NOTES: Director by Edward Bernds also wrote the screenplay, seeing the comic possibilities in the implausible Verne story

  • Released: 1961
  • Stars: Cesare Danova, Sean McClory and Joan Staley
  • Director: Edward Bernds
  • Duration: 82mins
  • Written by: Jules Verne

MACISTE CONTRO I MOSTRI / COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE

PLOT: A gigantic monster with a taste for flesh lurks beneath the surface of a dark lake. This is only one of the horrors the nomadic Dorak tribe must face in their quest to escape the wintry ice age and build a village in a warm, lush valley. When a young couple from the tribe encounters the hideous creature, they are saved from death by Maxus, a mysterious, muscled stranger.

Later, after a marauding band of Moon-worshipping warriors attacks the tribe and takes all their women captive, the Doraks call upon Maxus to lead the survivors in a daring rescue mission. Maxus and his men invade the hostile tribe's cave to do fierce battle with the vicious captors. Escaping from one menace, they're soon faced with another...the huge, menacing jaws of a dragon that wants to devour them!


NOTES: Italian movie, known as Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules in the US

  • Released: 1962
  • Stars: Reg Lewis, Margaret Lee and Luciano Marin
  • Director: Guido Malatesta
  • Duration: 82mins
  • Written by: Arpad De Riso and Guido Malatesta

EEGAH

PLOT: One night after a party, Roxy Miller was driving home when she came across Eegah. She tells her boyfriend Tom Nelson and her father Robert Miller about the caveman. Her father decides to go off into the desert looking for the caveman. When he fails to show up at the designated time, Tom and Roxy go into the desert looking for him.

Roxy is soon kidnapped by Eegah, and taken back to his cave. Robert is also there at the cave, and tells Roxy that he's reached an understanding with the caveman Eegah. He tells her not to resist Eegah's advances because of fear he may kill them both. Eventually the pair is able to escape, but Eegah follows them back to civilization.


NOTES: Richard Kiel later went on to star as JAWS in the James Bond films

  • Released: 1962
  • Stars: Arch Hall Jr., Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel
  • Director: Arch Hall Snr.
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Written by: Bob Wehling and Arch Hall Snr.

50,000 BC (BEFORE CLOTHING)

PLOT: Comedian Charlie Wishnick, is locked out of his trailer home by his awful wife and then blunders into a time machine disguised as a taxicab. Transported to 50,000 B.C., Charlie is captured by Neandrathals and sentenced to death by their leader. Fortunately, the queen of the cavemen saves him and the comic falls in love with her. Suddenly he finds himself in caveman court.

Their antics remind him so much of his vaudeville act that he begins performing it. He is a hit, for who better to appreciate fine vaudeville than cavemen. Soon he becomes the new king. Unfortunately, he accidentally trips into the time machine and ends up back where he started.


NOTES: Also titled Nudes on the Rocks

  • Released: 1963
  • Stars: Charlie Robinson, Irving Selig and Al Monaco
  • Director: William Rose,
  • Duration: 75mins
  • Written by: Arnold Drake and Herbert Lannard

RHYTHM 'N' GREEN

PLOT: The Shadows present a muscial journey from ancient man through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages (Celts/Druids) and onto the swinging 1960's. During the Stone Age they "use" materials of the day to create a fabulous pop-sound and cave art by the sea.


NOTES: Short humorous film narrated by Robert Morley, which became the basis of a music book and an "EP"

  • Released: 1964
  • Stars: Robert Morley and The Shadows
  • Director: Christopher Miles
  • Duration: 32mins
  • Written by: Christopher Miles

CARRY ON CLEO

PLOT: Two ancient cave-dwelling Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome.

Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave fighter. One of their first encounters in Rome leaves Hengist being mistaken for a fighter, and gets drafted into the Royal Guard to protect Cleopatra.


NOTES: The tenth "Carry On" movie in the British comedy film franchise series was one of the 12 most popular movies at the British box office in 1965. Hengist and Horsa are actual names of Germanic warriors who led local tribe armies that conquered large territories of Britain in the 5th century.

  • Released: 1964
  • Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James and Kenneth Connor
  • Director: Gerald Thomas
  • Duration: 92mins
  • Written by: Talbot Rothwell

ONE MILLION YEARS BC

PLOT: Caveman Tumak 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 leaves with him, deciding to face the harsh prehistoric world with its monsters and volcanos as a couple.


NOTES: Welch was described as "wearing mankind's first bikini" and the fur bikini was described as a "definitive look of the 1960s". The film was the first of Hammer Horrors "Cave Girl" sequence of films.

 

  • Released: 1966
  • Stars: Rachel Welch, John Richardson and Percy Herbert McGill
  • Director: Don Chaffey
  • Duration: 100mins
  • Written by: Michael Carreras and Mickell Novack

LA ISLA DE LOS DINOSAURIOS / THE ISLAND OF THE DINOSAURS

PLOT: The story revolves around a scientific expedition to discover the remains of lost Atlantis. The scientists' plane makes a crash landing on an island during a storm. While they repair it, they study the island. It is inhabited by a tribe of cave dwellers. The female scientist is frightened by a dinosaur while swimming and is kidnapped by the caveman, who has been ousted from his position. Despite their cultural differences, they fall in love.


NOTES: Mexican film that re-used scences from 1940's One Million BC (the only original dinosaur on the island is a papier-mâché creature glimpsed behind a log in the river).

  • Released: 1967
  • Stars:  Armando Silvestre, Alma Delia Fuentes and Manuel Fábregas
  • Director: Rafael Portillo
  • Duration: 87mins
  • Written by: Alfredo Salazar 

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

PLOT: 2001 is a story of evolution. At the dawn of man in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth. Evolution through the use of tools/technology enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL 9000) and human (Dave Bowman) to reach the monolith placers on the Jupiter moons.


NOTES: The Sequel - 2010: The Year We Make Contact (released in 1984) contained no references to prehistory

 

  • Released: 1968
  • Gross: $190,700,000 (Worldwide)
  • Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Duration: 141mins
  • Written by: Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke

ONE MILLION AC/DC

PLOT: The thin plot is of a caveman who develops a bow and arrow to destroy a dinosaur, while a group of partly clothed cave people act through their many trials and tribulations - essentially a series of badly simulated adult scenes performed by actors and actresses wearing fake fur loincloths, plus some stolen scenes from One Million B.C. and stock footage of churning lava.


NOTES: King of bizarro cinema Edward D. Wood Jr. wrote its screenplay under the nom de plume "Akdon Telmig"

  • Released: 1969
  • Stars: Susan Berkely, Billy Wolf and Sharon Wells
  • Director: Ed De Priest
  • Duration: 80mins
  • Written by: Edward D. Wood Jr.

THE NINE AGES OF NAKEDNESS

PLOT: Famous photographer of nudes’ visits an Indian Psychiatrist, worried that his ancestors bad luck is rubbing off on him. He tells the psychiatrist stories about how his ancestors have also suffered misfortune through the ages because of their involvement with nude women and ‘the arts’.

Story #1: "The Stone Age": Sculptor ‘Harry Stone Marks’, fresh from carving Stonehenge, is employed to draw a cavewoman housewife in the nude (in slate) only to end up pelted with rocks when her husband takes a fancy to Marks’ blonde secretary.


NOTES: Originally entitled "The Seven Ages of Nakedness" director George Harrison Marks did not have enough footage to make the movie run for 90 minutes, so he swiftly wrote two extra sequences.

  • Released: 1969
  • Stars: George Harrison Marks, Charles Gray and Bruno Elrington
  • Director: George Harrison Marks
  • Duration: 95mins
  • Written by: George Harrison Marks

TROG

PLOT: Set in contemporary England, Anthropologist Dr. Brockton finds the so-called "missing link" half-caveman, half-ape whom she dubs "Trog" (short for "troglodyte") living in a local cave. She manages to capture and domesticate him, using drugs and surgery to try to communicate with him.

A local businessman / land developer afraid of negative commercial consequences, Sam Murdock frees the creature, leading to a rampage and kidnap of a little girl.


NOTES: This low budget horror movie was Joan Crawford's last feature film

 

  • Released: 1970
  • Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough and Bernard Kay
  • Director: Freddie Francis
  • Duration: 93mins
  • Written by: Peter Bryan and John Gilling

QUANDO LE DONNE AVEVANO LA CODA / WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS

PLOT: Severn orphan cavemen grow up on a island by themselves, but when a fire burns all vegetation, the men are forced to take a raft to the unknown mainland. One day they trap a strange female animal, looking very similar to them.

She convinces one of the men not to eat her, so he hides her and serves the other cavemen a goat. Later they both escape and are pursued by the 6 men until, they meet the rest of her clan: a tribe of about 150 women.


NOTES: Low budget Italian comedy, which was a surprising box-office hit in Italy and produced a 1972 sequel - When women lost their tails.

  • Released: 1970
  • Stars: Senta Berger, Giuliano Gemma and Frank Wolff
  • Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile
  • Duration: 105mins
  • Written by: Marcello Coscia and Pasquale Festa Campanile

WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH

PLOT: Set in a non-existant past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their gods in return for protection from the giant lizards looking to snack on them. Sanna, 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 very hungry dinosaurs.


NOTES: The landscapes (Earth during the Quaternary) were filmed in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura (Canary Islands). Locations included Maspalomas beach, Ansite Mountain, Amurga and Caldera de Tejeda.

 

  • Released: 1970
  • Stars: Victoria Vetri, Robin Hawdon and Patrick Allen
  • Director: Val Guest
  • Duration: 96mins
  • Written by: J.G. Ballard and Val Guest

CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT

PLOT: A stone-age horror film with almost no dialog, as the characters grunt. When the tribes leader dies, there is a rivalry between twin brothers, each of whom want the top spot. A scantily-clad cave girl who becomes the object of a fierce battle between the contenders for the throne. All of the exterior sequences were shot in Namibia and South Africa; a well done earthquake scene highlights this film.


NOTES: The last of the prehistoric adventure films from Hammer Studios. The title is misleading as there are no dinosaurs and the only beast (apart from native African animals) is a cave bear which is obviously a man in a cheap costume

  • Released: 1971
  • Stars: Julie Ege, Brian O'Shaughnessy and Tony Bonner
  • Director: Don Chaffey
  • Duration: 95mins
  • Written by: Michael Carreras

HORROR EXPRESS

PLOT: Set in 1906, An English anthropologist has discovered a primitive humanoid in a cave in the frozen wastes of Manchuria, which he believes may be the Missing Link in human evolution. He returns to Europe aboard a trans-Siberian express, but during the trip the creature thaws out and starts to butcher the passengers. After killing the creature, they deduce that the real threat is a formless extra-terrestrial that inhabited the body of the creature. News of the murders is wired to the Russian authorities and Cossack officer, Captain Kazan, boards the train with a handful of his men.


NOTES: Also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano/Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express

  • Released: 1972
  • Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas
  • Director: Eugenio Martín
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Written by: Arnaud d'Usseau and Julian Zimet

SAVAGES

PLOT: A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" are disturbed in the middle of a human sacrifice by the sudden intrusion of a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate.

Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a weekend party. There follows an allegory of upper-class behavior. At last, they begin to devolve toward their original status, and after a battle at croquet, they disappear into the woods.


NOTES: SAVAGES is about as surreal and strange as movies come, but it was a hit at Cannes

  • Released: 1972
  • Stars: Lewis J. Stadlen, Anne Francine and Thayer David
  • Director: James Ivory
  • Duration: 106mins
  • Written by: George W.S. Trow  and Michael O'Donoghue

SCHLOCK

PLOT: Schlock, a prehistoric apeman who falls in love with a teenage blind beauty (who thinks that he is a giant dog) and terrorises her Southern California suburb.

Schlock is no ordinary simian; he possesses some very unusual skills, including playing a piano duet called "Schlock Boogie"  and giving TV interviews. After kidnapping the girl and fleeing like King Kong onto a gym roof, the army are called in.


NOTES: In this spoof of early monster movies and missing-link science fiction films, John Landis pays homage to the monster movies of the past with wacky humor - it was released after Landis found sucess with Animal House. It is rumoured that Schlock was inspired by Joan Crawford’s last movie Trog (1970)

  • Released: 1973
  • Stars: John Landis, Charles Villiers and Saul Kahan
  • Director: John Landis
  • Duration: 80mins
  • Written by: John Landis

CON LE DONNE FECERO DIN-DON / WHEN WOMEN PLAY DING-DONG

PLOT: Prehistoric caveman Ari wins lovely Listra in a pig-catching contest, but their attempts at "Ding-Dong" keep getting interrupted by idiot battles between his tribe, The Cave Dwellers, and their neighbors, The Lake Dwellers.

Annoyed that Ari would rather make war than Ding-Dong, Listra organises the women of both tribes to go on strike and "abstain Ding-Dong" until the men stop fighting.


NOTES: Italian stone-age adult comedy based on the Greek classic "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. Also titled When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong

 

  • Released: 1974
  • Stars: Antonio Sabato, Aldo Giuffrè and Vittorio Caprioli
  • Director: Bruno Corbucci
  • Duration: 95mins
  • Written by: Fabio Pittorru and Massimo Felisatti

THE SANNIKOV LAND / Земля Санникова

PLOT: The exiled settler Alexander Ilyin persuades  goldminer Trifon Perfilyev to sponsor an expedition to search for "Sannikov Land", a legendary warm land behind the Polar circle. Hoping this land could be filled with gold, Perfilyev agrees.

After a long journey they reach the volcanic land and meet the natives – a tribe of "Onkilon". However they soon find out that the volcano is rapidly cooling down and the legendary land is about to start to freeze, making it inhabitable.


NOTES: Based on a 19th-century Russian myth and novel by Vladimir Obruchev, where the island hosted a tribe of Neanderthals (called "Vampoo") and mammoths

  • Released: 1974
  • Stars: Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Oleg Dal and Yuri Nazarov
  • Director: Albert Mkrtchyan and
    Leonid Popov
  • Duration: 89mins
  • Written by: Vladislav Fedoseyev

THE TRIBE

PLOT: While hunting boar the Cro-Magnons come across a mammoth and in the hunt Matis the leader is accidentally speared by one of his own men. He wants his tribe to leave him, as is the rule of his tribe. They try to carry him back to camp, but agree to leave Matis behind after he makes Goran the new leader.

Matis later recovers and follows after his tribe. Finding a group of cannibalistic Neanderthals enroute, Matis warns the tribe and they prepare for battle.


NOTES: Also known as "Cro-Magnon" this TV pilot movie was an unsold series the network was considering for its 1974-'75 schedule

  • Released: 1974
  • Stars: Victor FrenchWarren Vanders and Henry Wilcoxon
  • Director: Richard A. Colla
  • Duration: 73mins
  • Written by: Lane Slate

AT THE EARTH'S CORE

PLOT: A Victorian scientist and his young American backer set off in their new earth-boring machine with a short test on a Welsh mountain. Unfortunately the thing is rather more powerful than expected and they end up in an enormous cavern at the centre of the earth.

Here they find a race of humans enslaved to evil oversized prehistoric birds with extra-sensory abilities. The travellers decide they can be some help, the more so as at least one of the slaves is very eye-catching.


NOTES: Based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first book of his Pellucidar series

  • Released: 1976
  • Stars: Doug McClure, Peter Cushing and Caroline Munro
  • Director: Kevin Connor
  • Duration: 89mins
  • Based on: Novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs

THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT

PLOT: The intrepid Major Ben McBride, searches the Arctic for his lost friend, with Charly, the lady photographer. They come across a tropical zone that is home to dinosaurs, Neanderthals and nubile cavewomen.

An evil rival tribe has been exterminating the gentle cave people and must be stopped. The People That Time Forgot has a detonation-filled corker of an ending that leaves the cast absolutely showered with dirt clods.


NOTES: The film is a sequel to The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

  • Released: 1977
  • Stars: Doug McClure, Dana Gillespie and Sarah Douglas
  • Director: Kevin Connor
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Based on: Novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs

AADI YUG

PLOT: The story starts with the birth of the Universe when empty sky and stars were gazing at the vastness. One day a star separated and this became the earth. On this beautiful earth the almighty created first man and woman. They met each other and liked each others company. They felt hungry which made them to go in search to kill it. They came across a tree with fruits.

They plucked one and consumed. They understood how to kill hunger. Next they also experienced the hunger of sex. In satisfying that further creation started, thereby producing children. As time passed they learnt to live by hunting wild animals.


NOTES: Stone Age meets Bollywood, with extracts from monsters of Frankenstein Conquers the World and One Million BC, plus dance and electronic music

  • Released: 1978
  • Stars: Vinay Kumar, Saheen Aman, Ramesh Goyal and Mehndi Jamal
  • Director: Prasad
  • Duration: 106mins

OSADA HAVRANU / SETTLEMENT OF CROWS

PLOT: A little boy washes ashore from a river, where a ancient tribe find and adopt him, giving him the name Raven Feather. As he grows up he wants to be as good a hunter as the other tribesman, but living in the Stone Age is full of dangers and adventures.


NOTES: Director Jan Schmidt created three movies based on the 1970's trilogy of books by Eduard Storch. Osada Raven is the first part of a romantic adventure trilogy about the people of the Stone Age, although there is no connection between each story.

The second film is called Na veliké rece (On The Great River) and the last story is Volání rodu (Call Genus)

  • Released: 1978-79
  • Stars: George Bartoška , Louis Hradilek and Marie Sýkorová 
  • Director: Jan Schmidt
  • Duration: 65mins
  • Written by:  Milan PavlíkEduard Storch

LE CHAINON MANQUANT / THE MISSING LINK / B.C. ROCK

PLOT: This animated feature takes a look at a hypothetical "missing link" by the name of "O." Born somewhere around 200,000 B.C., give or take a few generations, he was a reject because his pink and unbearded self was too intelligent and off-beat to the rest of his hairy clan. So a friendly brontosaurus and smart-mouthed pterodactyl bring up "O" as though he were their very own.

While roaming through hill and dale to find his tribe once he is an adult, "O" comes across all the weird creatures that will eventually contribute to his understanding of the world and the beginning of what passes for civilization is launched.


NOTES: In 1984 an American dub was released known as B.C. Rock

  • Released: 1980
  • Stars: Ron Venable, Bob Kaliban, John Graham and Christopher Guest
  • Director: Picha
  • Duration: 95mins
  • Written by: Picha and Tony Hendra

CAVEMAN

PLOT: A simple caveman accidently becomes leader of a clan of cavemisfits and outcasts living in "One Zillion BC – October 9th". But he ultimately wants to outsmart the bigger, stronger leader of his former clan and win the affection of a beautiful cavewoman. He lusts after the beautiful but shallow Lana, who is the mate of Tonda.


NOTES: At some showings audiences were issued a translation pamphlet for 30 "caveman words."The only English dialog present is used for comedic effect, when it is spoken by a caveman played by Evan Kim who speaks modern English but is understood by none of the other characters.

  • Released: 1981
  • Gross: $11,800,000 (USA)
  • Stars: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long and Barbara Bach
  • Director: Carl Gottlieb
  • Duration: 91mins
  • Written by: Rudy De Luca and Carl Gottlieb

HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART 1

PLOT: From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious, we learn the truth behind the Roman Emperor, we learn what really happened at the Last Supper, the circumstances that surrounded the French Revolution, how to test eunuchs, and what kind of shoes the Spanish Inquisitor wore.


NOTES: The four main segments consist of stories set during the Dawn of Man, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, and the French Revolution. Other intermediate skits include reenactments of the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Last Supper

  • Released: 1981
  • Gross: $31,672,907 (USA)
  • Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines and Dom DeLuise
  • Director: Mel Brooks
  • Duration: 92mins
  • Written by: Mel Brooks

DON'T GO NEAR THE PARK

PLOT: Two members of an 12,000 year old superhuman tribe abuse the secret of eternal youth, by using the methods of ritual cannibalism on the children of their own tribe. When discovered by the 'Queen' of the tribe, they are cursed to an eternity of old age with no chance to die.

Moving to present day Los Angeles, the brother and sisters' only hope to recapture their eternal youth is the ritualistic sacrifice of a 16-year-old female virgin, with the brother fathering a daughter for that purpose. Their existence is discovered by an investigative reporter and a young runaway child and this leads to an unexplained and terrifying confrontation.


NOTES: The film gained notoriety when it was successfully prosecuted in the UK and placed on the video nasty list

  • Released: 1981
  • Stars: Aldo RayMeeno PeluceTammy Taylor 
  • Director: Lawrence David Foldes
  • Duration: 80mins
  • Written by:  Linwood Chase, Lawrence David Foldes

LA GUERRE DU FEU / QUEST FOR FIRE

PLOT: Quest for Fire takes place in Paleolithic Europe,some 80,000 years ago. A primitive homo sapiens tribe huddles around a natural fire source for comfort and survival. When that source is extinguished, tribesmen Naoh, Amoukar, and Gaw are sent out on a "quest for fire."

After several days of wandering through the prehistoric landscape, the three come across a cannibal tribe that knows how to produce fire; they save a young girl Ika from the clutches of the cannibals, with the hope that she'll reveal the secret.


NOTES: The film was nominated for six César Awards in 1981, winning those for best film and best director. In 1983 it won the Academy Award for Makeup. In 1983, it won in five categories in the Genie Awards

  • Released: 1981 - 1982
  • Gross: $67,400,000 (USA)
  • Stars: Ron Perlman, Rae Dawn Chong and Everett McGill
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Duration: 100mins
  • Based on: 1911 Belgian novel by J.-H. Rosny

GRUNT !

PLOT: A tribe of primitive men worship an egg, which when struck by lightning acquired strange magic powers. Envious of the egg's powers, a rival tribe succeeds in stealing the egg. They all end up in a big disco style finish !!


NOTES: A parody of Quest for Fire and was shot entirely at the famous waterfalls in the valley of Monte Gelato Treja. Footage from Grunt featured in the 1990 movie Troll 2 - it was playing on a small TV while Elliot and his friends watched.

 

  • Released: 1983
  • Stars: Andy Luotto, Gianni Ciardo and Giorgio Falett
  • Director: Andy Luotto
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Written by: Andy Luotto, Giorgio Falett

LA GUERRA DEL FERRO / IRONMASTER

PLOT: After a battle with a rival tribe of ash-covered men, Vood kills the tribal elders and is expelled. Vood discovers iron (“a stone of divine power”) after a volcanic eruption and joins up with Lith to start the world’s first arms race. Vood takes over the tribe, now unstoppable thanks to having a sword-shaped iron rod and dreams of conquest.

Vood now exiles Ela (tied to a cross) and Ela joins a more civilized village of defenseless people nearby and tries unsuccessfully to convince them to fortify against Vood, but Vood enslaves the village. Ela then invents a strategic weapon of his own. 


NOTES: Low budget Italian movie - seen as a parable of World War II, with Eastman's character Vood as Hitler's caveman equivalent

  • Released: 1983
  • Stars: Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray and George Eastman
  • Director: Umberto Lenzi
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Written by: Luciano Martino and Alberto Cavallone

IL MONDO DI YOR / YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE

PLOT: Yor, an extremely blonde prehistoric warrior, comes to question his origins, particularly with regard to a mysterious medallion he wears. When he learns of a desert goddess who supposedly wears the same medallion, Yor decides that he must find her and learn his true identity. Along the way, he encounters ape-men, dinosaurs, and a strange futuristic society.


NOTES: This curious mixture of prehistoric and futuristic was pieced together from a 4-part science-fiction mini-series shown on Italian television.

  • Released: 1983
  • Stars: Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry and Luciano Pigozzi
  • Director: Antonio Margheriti
  • Duration: 80mins
  • Written by: Ray Collins and Juan Zanotto

ICEMAN

PLOT: An anthropologist who is part of an arctic exploration team discovers the frozen body of a prehistoric man who is still alive. He must then decide what to do with the prehistoric man and he finds himself defending the creature from those that want to dissect it in the name of science.


NOTES: A good example of what to expect should we ever discover an iced iceman: scientific arguements, trivial executive powerplays, moral ethics vs medical ethics, privacy abuses, and political/social mindgames.

  • Released: 1984
  • Gross: $7,343,032 (USA)
  • Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse and John Lone
  • Director: Fred Schepisi
  • Duration: 100mins
  • Written by: Chip Proser and John Drimmer

CAVEGIRL

PLOT: On a class excursion to a cave with stone age paintings the clumsy Rex gets lost. A mysterious crystal opens a gateway in time and sets him back to the stone ages, where he meets a group of prehistoric fellows and the gorgeous Eba.

While teaching her English and doing some pseudo-research on her fellows, his main goal is to get her sleeping with him. However the curiosity of the clan chief disturbs his attempts.

 

  • Released: 1985
  • Stars: Daniel Roebuck, Cynthia Thompson and Darren Young
  • Director: David Oliver
  • Duration: 85mins
  • Written by: David Oliver and Phil Groves

CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR

PLOT: At a time in prehistory when Neanderthals shared the Earth with early Homo sapiens, a band of cave-dwellers adopt a young Cro-Magnon blond and blue-eyed girl called Ayla, a child of the "Others".

As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage (unlike other women of the clan), she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud, who will one day be clan leader.


NOTES: A planned back-to-back sequel never made it into production

  • Released: 1986
  • Gross: $1,953,732 (USA)
  • Stars: Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed and James Remar
  • Director: Michael Chapman
  • Duration: 98mins
  • Based on: Novel by Jean M. Auel

ELIMINATORS

PLOT: As part of their experiments in time travel, Drs. Reeves and Takada construct a cyborg "Mandroid" with the body of a downed pilot. Mandroid rebels against his creator, teaming up with the scientist responsible for android technology, her pet robot Spot, a rough-and-tumble riverboat guide and a martial arts warrior.

They fight their way through a variety of absurd obstacles, including butch, flannel-wearing river lesbian Bayou Betty, an entire tribe of displaced Neanderthals, some bumbling henchman and finally the cyborg version of Reeves, all decked out and ready to go conquer ancient Rome.

 

  • Released: 1986
  • Gross: $4,601,256 (USA)
  • Stars:   Andrew Prine, Denise Crosby and Patrick Reynolds
  • Director: Peter Manoogian
  • Duration: 96mins
  • Written by: Paul De Meo and Danny Bilson

MISSING LINK

PLOT: A million years ago in Africa: the last of the ape-humans (Australopithecus robustus) is on flight from the aggressive humans (possibly Homo habilis) who have invented the axe and have learned to make use of fire and who killed the rest of his clan.

Alone, seeking others of his kind, he traverses through a savanna, an oasis, a desert, mountains and eventually the shores of a beach. But there are already humans, too.


NOTES: There is no dialogue, though there is narration (by Michael Gambon). There is also very little action. Instead, the film is filled with extended, picturesque sequences reminiscent of the style often used in nature documentaries. Perhaps due to its unconventionality, the movie was not a commercial success.

  • Released: 1988
  • Stars: Peter Elliott, Michael Gambon and Brian Abrahams
  • Directors: Carol Hughes and David Hughes
  • Duration: 91mins
  • Written by: Carol Hughes and David Hughes

MIA MOGLIE È UNA BESTIA / MY WIFE IS A BEAST

PLOT: Gianni is an advertising agent from Milan on vacation in the mountains. Inside a cave he stumbles upon a beautiful frozen cavewoman and immediately Gianni is attracted to her. After creating havoc in his normal life, he begins thinking that she needs changing. Gianni believes he can transform her into a modern day woman.


NOTES: Italian TV movie

  • Released: 1988
  • Stars: Massimo Boldi , Eva Grimaldi and Valeria D'Obici
  • Directors: Franco Castellano and Giuseppe Moccia
  • Duration: 104mins
  • Written by: Franco Castellano and Giuseppe Moccia

BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

PLOT: Two American high school boys dream of starting their own rock band called the "Wyld Stallyns". They must pass an upcoming history report, or Ted's father will send him to a military school. A man from the future named Rufus tries to help and Bill and Ted decide to gather up historical figures which they need for their report, using a phone booth time machine.

During a stop in 15th century England, their time machine is damaged, but after a brief "prehistoric pitstop" to repair the booth's aerial using chewing gum, Bill and Ted program the machine to return to the present, as two caveman run from the commotion.

 

  • Released: 1989
  • Gross: $40,485,039 (USA)
  • Stars:  Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin
  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Written by: Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon

DVE STRELY. DETEKTIV KAMENNOGO VEKA / TWO ARROWS. DETECTIVE OF THE STONE AGE

PLOT: A cowardly murder occurs in a tribe of primitive people, when one of the leaders wants to speak at the tribal council, but instead gets two arrows in his back.

Suspicion falls on the strange loner - an artist and dreamer


NOTES: Russian crime comedy

  • Released: 1989
  • Stars: Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Alexander Kuznetsov and Nikolai Karachentsov
  • Director: Alla Surikova
  • Duration: 94mins
  • Written by: Aleksandr Volodin and Aleksandr Volodi

ADVENTURES IN DINOSAUR CITY / DINOSAURS: THE MOVIE

PLOT: Three teenagers (Timmy, Jamie and Mick) enjoy watching their favorite TV show which features anthropomorphic dinosaurs. Timmy suggests that they watch it on his father's screen in his laboratory, but when they turn it on, a vortex sucks them into the TV screen and into Dinosaur City.

They be-friend a Dimorphodon named Forry and he guides the three to Tar Town, where they join up with Rex and Tops, two  freedom fighters willing to ignite a revolution against the villain, Mr. Big and his caveman henchmen.


NOTES: Six scenes were filmed but cut from the North American release of the film.

  • Released: 1992
  • Stars: Marc Martorana, Tony Doyle and R.A. Mihailoff
  • Director: Brett Thompson
  • Duration: 88mins
  • Written by: Wili Baronet

ENCINO MAN / CALIFORNIA MAN

PLOT: Stoney and Dave find a caveman (Link) trapped in ice, thaw him out, and show him around town. Although Link is slow to catch on to basic concepts of 20th century life, he has no trouble impressing all the girls and helping Stoney and Dave find the coolness they've been searching for.


NOTES: Encino Man was released in Europe as California Man.

  • Released: 1992
  • Gross: $40,693,477 (USA)
  • Stars: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser and Pauly Shore
  • Director: Les Mayfield
  • Duration: 88mins
  • Written by: George Zaloom and Shawn Schepps

THE FLINTSTONES

PLOT: The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favour by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers are not very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little realises that he is being manipulated by Cliff Vandercave to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme.


NOTES: Prequel - The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

  • Released: 1994
  • Gross: $358,500,000 (Worldwide)
  • Stars: John Goodman, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell
  • Director: Brian Levant
  • Duration: 91mins
  • Written by: Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein

BEING HUMAN

PLOT: The film portrays the experience of a single human soul through various incarnations.

In the first incarnation, which appears to be a caveman, a man's family is taken from him by raiders due to his cowardice and hesitation. Before his wife is taken away, she says, "Don't lose the children!"

The stories continue through ancient Rome (Hector the slave); Scottish crusader  on his way home to his children; a Portuguese man in The Renaissance shipwrecked on the coast of Africa; a  modern man in New York.

 

  • Released: 1994
  • Stars: Robin WilliamsJohn Turturro and Kelly Hunter
  • Director: Bill Forsyth
  • Duration: 91mins
  • Written by: Bill Forsyth

TIRANNOUI BALTOB / DINOSAUR VS THE CAVENEN (TIRANO'S CLAW)

PLOT: Set during the age of worship of dinosaurs, primitive humans had to fight off the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Terradactyl, giant rat monsters and half man cannibals. The tribal chief sacrifices young girls to the hungry Tyrannosaurus, but Umma is rescued by Alor and they escape together. The chief sends out a hunting party to capture them, but can Umma and Alor save their people and themselves.


NOTES: A humorous/horror version of One Million Years B.C. The entire movie is in caveman language and the special effects are similar to Jurassic Park.

  • Released: 1994
  • Stars: Jin-Hyeong Ahn, Se-beom Park and Seo Chan-Ho
  • Director: Hyung-rae Shim
  • Duration: 94mins
  • Written by: Sang-deok Lee

DINOSAUR ISLAND

PLOT: An army captain is flying three misfit deserters home for a court martial when the plane has engine trouble and they must land on an uncharted island.

There they find a primitive society of cave women who routinely sacrifice virgins to appease "The Great One", the top dog dinosaur on the the island.

Mistaken for gods, the men must destroy "The Great One" or face death, but meanwhile they fall in love.


NOTES: It is often seen as a low budget rip off of Jurassic Park.

  • Released: 1994
  • Stars: Ross HagenRichard GabaiAntonia Dorian |
  • Directors: Fred Olen RayJim Wynorski
  • Duration: 85mins
  • Written by: Bob SheridanChristopher Wooden

DINOSAUR VALLEY GIRLS

PLOT: A movie star seizes an ancient amulet from a museum, makes a wish and is, . transported back to an era where stop-motion dinosaurs attack "cavewomen". There he meets the Dinosaur Valley Guys and gets in a fight with them and gets knocked deeper into the valley. He meets the cavegirls, who are hiding from the Dinosaur Valley Guys, and teaches them kung fu. The girls now deveat the Dinosaur Valley Guys. The movie star is blamed by the chief of the men for this, so he make a wish to return to the present.


NOTES: There are a handful of special effects shots, but mostly the film tries to sustain itself on the running joke that these women are the prehistoric equivalent of Valley Girls (as immortalized in the song by Frank Zappa)

  • Released: 1996
  • Stars: Jeff Rector, William Marshall and Griffin Drew 
  • Director: Donald F. Glut
  • Duration: 94mins
  • Written by: Donald F. Glut

ENCINO WOMAN

PLOT: A powerful earthquake uncovers a woman named Lucy who was frozen during prehistoric times. She hides in the back of a car that belongs to a young intern at a marketing firm named David Horsenfelt. Working on a campaign ad for a cosmetics company, David becomes Mr. Bigshot when his protégé is chosen to be the model/spokeswoman for her animal personality.


NOTES: Unpopular TV movie sequel to the film Encino Man, made by Walt Disney Television

  • Released: 1996
  • Stars: Jay Thomas, Corey Parker and Katherine Kousi
  • Director: Shawn Schepps
  • Duration: 120mins
  • Written by: Anne Joseph and Shawn Schepps

A SPASSO NEL TEMPO / A CRACK IN TIME

PLOT: While visiting Universal Studios in Hollywood with their families, two Italian tourists (a film executive and an aristocrat) climb aboard a real time machine and get lost in time. During a trip to the Stone Age, they help the tribesmen with fire, fight-off giant lizards and escape a tribe of beautiful cannibals who try to eat them.

The duo use their mobile phones to contact Professor Mortimer who controls the time machine, but rather than rescue, they are transported to other time periods.


NOTES: A sequel was released in 1997 -  A Crack in Time - The adventure continues 

  • Released: 1996
  • Stars: Christian De SicaMassimo Boldiand Dean Jones
  • Director: Carlo Vanzina
  • Duration: 94mins
  • Written by: Carlo Vanzina and Enrico Vanzina

AMAZON HIGH

PLOT: In ancient times a young female warrior Samsara consults a medicine man, wanting him bring them a legendary warrior (the Atma) using a bone dagger for the spell. Present day LA cheerleader Cyane travels back in time 6,000 years after handling the same dagger, now owned by her uncle. While running Cyane falls into a river and is saved by Kor, a cave boy. Cyane and Kor are attracted to one another but Samsara shows up and tries to kill the cave boy, as he belongs to an enemy cannible tribe.


NOTES: Pilot episode for a proposed third show set in the Hercules/Xena series. The show was never developed, but footage was used in the Xena episode Lifeblood (5x16) - considered the worse of the series. 

  • Released: 1997
  • Stars: Selma Blair, Danielle Cormack and Karl Urban 
  • Director: Michael Hurst
  • Duration: 120mins
  • Written by: Robert G. Tapert  and R.J. Stewart

PEKIN GENJIN / PEKING MAN / WHO ARE YOU?

PLOT: Based on facts, in 1929 the fossil of a 500,000 year old man is discovered in China. In 1941 the Japanese army confiscates this find, but during the war the remains disappear.

The story then continues with a spaceship placing a satellite into orbit that contains a secret cargo. The satellite crashes on a remote island and footprints are found in the sand leading away from the crash site. A story of how an ancient primitive cave-dwelling family contends with the scientists who want to study them.


NOTES: Japanese SciFi movie

  • Released: 1997
  • Stars: Naoto Ogata, Shô Aikawa and Kent Gilbert
  • Director: Jun'ya Satô
  • Duration: 115mins
  • Written by: Akira Hayasaka

THE DARWIN CONSPIRACY

PLOT: Following a  violent earthquake, the frozen body of a prehistoric, but super-advanced 300 year old human is found in the Antarctica and leads NSA boss Allan Hollingsworth and genetic archaeologist Jennifer Carter  to start covert DNA experiments.

Jack is recruited to study the iceman's DNA and he is soon performing experiments involving splicing this advanced DNA into the genetic strands of normal people. Before long, Jack has become involved in a project to boost human intelligence, something that violates his personal ethics. 


NOTES: Glen A. Larson also created Manimal, Automan, Knight Rider, Buck Rogers, and Battlestar Galactica.

  • Released: 1999
  • Stars: Jason Brooks, Robert Floyd and Stacy Haiduk
  • Director: Winrich Kolbe
  • Duration: 85mins
  • Written by: Glen A. Larson

ICE AGE

PLOT: Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a stupid sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes. The three reluctantly come together when they have to return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age.


NOTES: Sequels - Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (released 2006), Ice Age3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (released 2008) and Ice Age 4: The Continental Drift (2012)

  • Released: 2002
  • Gross: $188,600,000 (Worldwide)
  • Stars: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Ray Romano
  • Directors: Chris Wedge and, Carlos Saldanha
  • Duration: 81mins
  • Written by: Michael J. Wilson and Michael Berg

THE STONEMAN

PLOT: Professor Stevens returns from an exploration of the upper Amazon jungle with a mummified missing link, carbon dated at over a million years old. His close friend (TV reporter Kip Hollings) is allowed to be at the uncrating of his discovery and witnesses an altercation between Stevens and his arch rival, Dr. Milano), who claims the ancient figure is a clever hoax.

The Stone Man is awakened from his suspended animation and escapes by killing the lab assistant. The city is terrified by a rash of unexplained murders, all the bodies bitten and chewed. The race is on, between the police, who think some kind of large animal is doing the killing and Stevens, who suspects the horrifying truth.

  • Released: 2002
  • Stars: Pat Morita, Christopher Atkins and Robin Riker
  • Director: Ewing Miles Brown
  • Duration: 91mins
  • Written by: Jack Neal

BROTHER BEAR

PLOT: After seeing his brother killed by a bear, resentful Kenai is turned into a bear so he can see life from a different perspective. Visited by the spirit of his older brother, Kenai is told he must travel to the place where the lights touch the Earth, in order to changed back into a human.

On his long journey Kenai meets new friends (including mammoth) and a younger bear called Koda, but they are hunted by Kenai's other brother (Denahi) who fears that the bear has killed Kenai as well. In the end, Kenai lives with the rest of the bears and gains his title as a man, through being a bear.


NOTES: Disney film is set in a post-ice age North America, where the tribesmen believe all creatures are created through Spirits, who appear in the form of an aurora.

  • Released: 2003
  • Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez and Rick Moranis
  • Director: Aaron Blaise and, Robert Walker
  • Duration: 85mins
  • Written by: Tab Murphy and Lorne Cameron

BIKINI CAVEGIRL / TEENAGE CAVEGIRL

PLOT: A prehistoric cavegirl named Tahra is accidentally transported to the future. There she encounters two archaeologists named Richard and Sharon. After several adventures, Tahra's lover Tiko also finds his way to the future. Eventually, all of them are transported back to the time of Tahra.


NOTES: It is an remake of Ray`s earlier Dinosaur Island (1994) and was released directly to video

  • Released: 2004
  • Stars: Jezebelle Bond, Evan Stone and Voodoo
  • Director: Fred Olen Ray
  • Duration: 80mins
  • Written by: Fred Olen Ray

RRRrrrr!

PLOT: In 35,000 BC, the tribe of the Dirty Hairs is in war against the tribe of the Clean Hairs for eight hundred years, trying to get their shampoo. The chief of the Dirty Hairs sends his daughter Guy disguised to the enemy tribe to get some shampoo for his tribe.

When the healer of the Clean Hairs tribe surprisingly kills two cavemen of his tribe, their imbecile chief assigns Pierre with curled hair and Pierre blonde to investigate the murder and find the criminal.

 

  • Released: 2004
  • Stars: Marina Foïs, Gérard Depardieu and Damien Jouillerot
  • Director: Alain Chabat
  • Duration: 94mins
  • Written by: Maurice Barthélémy and, Alain Chabat

APOCALYPTO

PLOT: In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family.


NOTES: For his role as producer and director of the film, Mel Gibson was given the Trustee Award by the First Americans in the Arts organization. Gibson was also awarded the Latino Business Association's Chairman's Visionary Award for his work on Apocalypto

  • Released: 2006
  • Gross: $50,859,889 (USA)
  • Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo and Dalia Hernández
  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Duration: 139mins
  • Written by: Mel Gibson and Farhad Safinia

LAPIS LAZULI - IM AUGE DES BÄREN

PLOT: In the middle of the Alpine wilderness, a meteorite crashes into a glacier and brings a frozen Neanderthal boy to life. The boy, Bataa, meets Sophie, a young girl who has run away from a holiday cottage in the mountains.

They become friends when scientists try to capture Bataa and hide in a cave, a sacred site for the Neanderthals and Bataa dyes his hair the colour of lapis lazuli. When Bataa falls ill, Sophie convinces him to go with her into the valley. Sophie realises that Bataa cannot survive in the modern world and a race against time begins.


NOTES: German Childrens movie - released in UK as Lapis Lazuli - In the eye of the Bear

  • Released: 2006
  • Stars: Clarence John Ryan, Julia Krombach and Paula Nocker
  • Director: Wolfgang Murnberger
  • Duration: 106mins
  • Written by: Claudia Krebs and Wolfgang Murnberger

UNNA JA NUUK

PLOT: Eleven-year-old Unna's hospitalised grandfather tells her she is descended from shamans. With the aid of a magic drum, Unna travels into the past to find a herb that will cure her grandfather. In her journey into the Stone Age, 2300 BC, she has many adventures.

She discovers Stone Age life, gets caught up in a tribal feud and is captured along with Nuuk, a boy her own age. But Unna not only succeeds in reconciling the warring tribes she also finds the herb and returns to the present to bring it to her grandfather.


NOTES: Finnish Childrens movie was part of the Berlin Film Festival

  • Released: 2006
  • Stars: Rosa Salomaa, Toni Leppe and Jenni Banerjee
  • Director: Saara Cantell
  • Duration: 78mins
  • Written by: Saara Cantell and Pekka Mandart

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

PLOT: On his first night-shift, security guard Larry see's the Museum transform into complete chaos as all the displays magically change after dark. He learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings everything to life until dawn.

When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the gold stone. Larry organises all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum.


NOTES: During the second night the four Neanderthal statues set fire to a display and one Neanderthal turns to dust when he leaves the museum at dawn.

  • Released: 2006
  • Stars: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino and Ricky Gervais
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Duration: 108mins
  • Written by: Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
  • Gross: $250,863,268 (USA) (22 June 2007)

THE MAN FROM EARTH

PLOT: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years.


NOTES: From one of the acclaimed writers of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone comes a story that transcends both time and space

  • Released: 2007
  • Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd and John Billingsley
  • Director: Richard Schenkman
  • Duration: 87mins
  • Written by: Jerome Bixby

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S STONED AGE / HOMO ERECTUS

PLOT: Homo Erectus follows the exploits of the hapless Ishbo, a philosophical caveman who yearns for more out of life than sticks, stones and raw meat. Too shy to knock his soulmate unconscious and drag her back to his cave, Ishbo is reduced to inventing bicycles, pants and other novel devices that bring ridicule from the rest of his tribe. "It's about time we started thinking outside of the box here people!" a frustrated Ishbo shouts, to which Thudnik replies, "What the hell is a box?"


NOTES: Homo Erectus was produced by the University of Texas at Austin as part of the school's since-disbanded Burnt Orange program, which gave approximately 50 film students a chance to gain practical experience on a professional movie set

  • Released: 2007
  • Stars: Adam Rifkin, Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur
  • Director: Adam Rifkin
  • Duration: 88mins
  • Written by: Adam Rifkin

A.R.O.G.

PLOT: Arif settles back on earth with Ceku after saving the planet GORA. However, his defeated archenemy Commander Logar has followed him and is intent on getting his revenge. He tricks Arif into a time machine and sends him back 1,000,000 years into the past.

Arif stumbles upon a settlement of cavemen. Arif tries to teach them about modern technology, but it appears that they are being oppressed by a rival tribe and their leader Kaaya.

 

  • Released: 2008
  • Stars: Cem YilmazÖzge ÖzberkZafer Algöz
  • Directors: Ali Taner BaltaciCem Yilmaz
  • Duration: 127mins
  • Written by: Cem Yilmaz

10,000 BC

PLOT: A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant.


NOTES: The film received largely negative reviews from critics, stating that the movie is mainly visual and lacks a firm screenplay. Critics noted that the film is archaeologically inaccurate.

  • Released: 2008
  • Gross: $94,770,548 (USA)
  • Stars: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait and Marco Khan
  • Director: Roland Emmerich
  • Duration: 109mins
  • Written by: Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser

AFTER DARK THEY COME / THE TRIBE / THE FORGOTTON ONES

PLOT: Shortly after setting sail in their yacht, a group of friends began to drift off course as the sea gets rougher; their boat sinks and they become stranded on an uncharted island.

They set up camp near the shoreline waiting for rescue, but during the night one of the group is snatched by a group of ancient humanoid creatures. Following a path of blood into the jungle, they become convinced that something horrible is watching them from the trees, awaiting the perfect moment to strike.


NOTES: This horror movie was remade as The Lost Tribe in 2010

  • Released: 2009
  • Stars: Jewel StaiteJustin Baldoni and Marc Bacher 
  • Director: Jorg Ihle
  • Duration: 87mins
  • Written by: Mohit Ramchandani

YEAR ONE

PLOT: Zed, a prehistoric would-be hunter, eats from a tree of forbidden fruit and is banished from his tribe, accompanied by Oh, a shy gatherer. On their travels, they meet Cain and Abel on a fateful day, stop Abraham from killing Isaac, become slaves, and reach the city of Sodom where their tribe is now enslaved.

Zed and Oh are determined to rescue the women they love, Maya and Eema. Standing in their way is Sodom's high priest and the omnipresent Cain. Zed tries to form an alliance with Princess Innana, which may backfire. Can an inept hunter and a smart but slender and diffident gatherer become heroes and make a difference?


NOTES: The film received negative reviews from critics. Several critics panned the film for being similar to Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part I.

  • Released: 2009
  • Gross: $43,337,279 (USA)
  • Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera and Olivia Wilde
  • Director: Harold Ramis
  • Duration: 97mins
  • Written by: Harold Ramis

THE LOST TRIBE

PLOT: A team of archaeologists vanish without a trace on a secluded tropical island. A group of friends sailing nearby find an unexpected visitor onboard, who then causes their boat to capsize, forcing the frightened crew swim to the beach for safety. They soon find out that the secluded island is home for a prehistoric tribe of cannibalistic humanoids who slaughtered the archeologists. Now they have a new group to hunt.


NOTES: The movie has a strange subplot where the unexpected boat visitor is revealed as a Catholic assassin sent by the Vatican to kill the archaeologists, as they are about to expose the "missing link" ancient tribe.

  • Released: 2010
  • Stars: Emily BaldoniNick Mennell and  Marc Bacher
  • Director: Roel Reiné
  • Duration: 100mins
  • Written by: Mark E. Davidson

AO: THE LAST NEANDERTHAL

PLOT: Ao is a nomad who lives in harmony with nature and travels across Europe in search of survivors from his clan. Rejected by the groups he meets due to his ape-like features and colossal strength, he falls in love with a Homo sapiens woman, Aki, who has been imprisoned by her tribe.

Ao fights for his survival, and to protect his loved ones, but their biggest danger is the "Hyena-Men", a clan of the Homo sapiens that are out to exterminate him and his species.


NOTES: There no modern language, but a French voice-over. Released as AO: The Last Hunter in UK

  • Released: 2010
  • Stars: Agie, Helmi Dridi and Ilian Ivanov
  • Director: Jacques Malaterre
  • Duration: 84mins
  • Written by: Michel Fessler and Philippe Isard 

NEANDER-JIN - THE RETURN OF THE NEANDERTHAL

PLOT: After an explosion at a pumping station in the Neanderthal Valley, a living neanderthal man is discovered and a pack of journalists, anthropologists and media bosses compete for the fame and wealth the commercialisation of this world-wide sensation promises.

The Neanderthal hides in the shed of Barbara van Schmerling, student of environmental planning. She takes tries to save 'the last living testimony of former humanity and naturalness' from the corrupting influences of western civilisation. But when her altruistic feelings turn romantic, she must choose between personal ethics and true love.


NOTES: Comedy about the homecoming of Germany's most prominent citizen, a 50,000 year old Neanderthal Man, to his native town near Düsseldorf- part Woody Allen, part Ingmar Bergman, and a whole lot of fun.

  • Released: 2010
  • Stars: Sarah Muehlhause, Jon Chardiet and Milton Welsh
  • Director: Florian Steinbiss
  • Duration: 81mins
  • Written by: Jeff Hixon and Florian Steinbiss

石器時代 / SHI QI SHI DAI / MILLIONAIRE STONE AGE DETECTIVE / LUCKY DOG

PLOT: The story follows an amateur detective Li Lin who is hired to find the Millionaire Li QianXun, who has become lost and trapped in a virtual reality land that is set during the Stone Age. When Li Lin enters this strange place, he starts to wonder what is real and what is not. 

As the plot develops, we find that rather than lost in virtual reality, they have been hypnotised and moved to the countryside to live as Stone Age people.  


NOTES: The Mandarin comedy, adapted from the novel of the same title, reveals the adventure of a primitive tribe during the Neolithic period. Filmed in the Beijing Gansu Province.

  • Released: 2012
  • Stars: Hayama Go, Huang Lu and Gong Beibi
  • Director: Wang Song
  • Duration: 87mins
  • Written by: Han Mengze

THE CROODS

PLOT: Surviving in a volcanic world is tough enough, but caveman Grug gets a rude awakening when an earthquake forces him to leave behind the only world he knows. With his family, he ventures out into the volatile world in search of a new home.

The situation becomes even more complicated when Grug's family - in particular his eldest daughter - falls for a nomad they encounter on their dangerous journey. This quirky, imaginative stranger's search for 'tomorrow' is at odds with Grug's reliance on the traditions of yesterday.


NOTES: A comedy adventure that takes us back to the beginning - to a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious - a time when Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know today has not evolved yet.

  • Released: 2013
  • Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage
  • Directors: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders
  • Duration: 98mins
  • Written by: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders  

SPIT - THE STORY OF A CAVEMAN AND A CHICKEN

PLOT: SPIT is a caveman who becomes separated from his clan and struggles to be reunited with the family he loves. His epic journey is with an unusual companion - a chicken called PUCK.

The pair travel across the prehistoric land having strange adventures along the way. Nothing will stop SPIT trying to find the family he misses.


Notes: Awarded Gold Kahuna at 2013 Honolulu International Film Festival

  • Released: 2013
  • Stars: Jesse LoganPuck the ChickeB.J. Johnston
  • Director: Jonathan Stimac
  • Duration: 84mins
  • Written by: Puck the ChickenAndrew Cook 

NELUMBO

PLOT: A young photographer gets lost in an unexplored jungle looking for a rare medicinal plant. He encounters a neanderthal who would later save his life from a tiger. During their journey, the photographer finds the plant, but before taking the photograph, the neanderthal grabs the plant from its root and crushes it. The neanderthal then leads the photographer to a site where cave paintings are found and explains the laws of nature to him.

They resume their journey together and photographer accidentally steps on a bomb planted to catch animals. He wakes up to find himself cured by the neanderthal using the plant he grabbed the previous day. The photographer returns home, but deletes the photos he had taken of the neanderthal.

LUCY

PLOT: Lucy was tricked to deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang, but she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new synthetic drug CPH4. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy's body undergoes unimaginable changes that unlocks her mind's full potential 100%. With new powers, Lucy returns for revenge on her captors.


NOTES: Through the story the changing Lucy mind time-travels to meet "Lucy" the female Australopithecus afarensis (the remains found in 1974 by Donald Johanson) at a water hole. There are also scenes of flintknapping to illustrate man's evolution

  • Released: 2014
  • Stars: Scarlett JohanssonMorgan FreemanMin-sik Choi 
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Duration: 89mins
  • Written by: Luc Besson

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

PLOT: In a different timeline, the asteroid that caused the extinction of dinosaurs (65 million years ago) misses the earth. Some time later, a family of Apatosaurus are farmers and the youngest "Arlo" is guarding the crops, when he manages to capture a feral caveboy called "Spot" then releases him. Arlo's father is killed in an acident and blaming the caveboy, Arlo chases him until both fall into a river where Arlo hits his head on rocks and is knocked unconscious. Spot helps Arlo recover and they become friends and have many adventures.

Arlo and Spot both hear the calls of a caveman family as they come over the hill near Arlo's farm. Arlo encourages Spot to join them and the two of them share a tearful goodbye.


NOTES: 3D film from Pixar Animation Studios and distributed Disney
  • Released: 2015
  • Stars: Jeffrey Wright Frances McDormand & Maleah Nipay-Padilla 
  • Director: Peter Sohn
  • Duration: 93mins
  • Written by: Erick Benson, Meg LeFauve, Bob Peterson & Peter Sohn

ALPHA

PLOT: Set in Europe during the Ice Age, the film follows a young hunter called Zeta, who is injured and left  for dead following a bison hunt. When he awakens alone in the wilderness, he must make his way back to his tribe.

On his epic journey , he befriends a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, and they must make their way home before falling prey to the elements.


NOTES: The film was originally entitled The Solutrean and is under investigation after five Alberta Bison were allegedly killed to be used in the film
  • Released: 2018
  • Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela & Jens Hultén
  • Director: Albert Hughes
  • Duration: ??mins
  • Written by: Dan Wiedenhaupt

 

CAVEGIRL THE MOVIE - TEENAGE PROBLEMS IN A STONE AGE WORLD

ASSUMED PLOT: Her first few years of life are much the same as any other infant; when she wasn't stuffing her face with lizard meat or playing push the boulder with her big sister, Cavegirl was picking the fleas from her Mother's beard. But by the time she was 11, Cavegirl realised she was different. Much to the anger of the tribe elders, it was obvious for all to see she was leaps ahead of her peers in the evolutionary scale. Cavegirl is quicker, wittier, stronger and much brighter and she knows it. As far as the resentful elders are concerned, little girls are supposed to cook the meat, not invent brilliant new ways to catch it.


NOTES: Music video and commercial director Andy Morahan has signed to direct the movie version of the hit BBC TV teen series, Cavegirl developed with the Assistance of the UK Film Council through National Lottery funding. The Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb is composing the film’s score and will write the original title tracks for the album.

  • Released: 20??
  • Stars: Jennifer Stone, Jacob Zachar and Sasha Jackson
  • Director: Andrew Morahan
  • Duration: 84mins
  • Written by: Daniel Peacock

NEANDERTHALS

ASSUMED PLOT: "Sony Pictures Animation said Monday that Favreau will write and produce the CG-animated feature "Neanderthals," based on his original story.

Further details about the plot line, the company said, "are being kept in a cave under a large boulder protected by a mastodon."


NOTES: The Iron Man director said "We've been discussing this for almost four years now and it's finally coming to fruition. It's written and ready to go". Favreau insists that "Neanderthals" will be something else entirely – different from even other motion capture animated films like Beowulf or Polar Express.

  • Released: 20??
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Robert L. Baird, Jon Favreau and Daniel Gerso

 

From the early days of the movies, "cavemen" have been a popular subject for filmmakers--not surprisingly, since the birth of cinema occurred only a few decades after the earliest scientific studies of prehistoric man. Filmmakers, however, were not constrained by the emerging science; instead they most often took a comedic look at prehistory, a trend that continued throughout the 20th century. Prehistoric humans also populated adventure-fantasy films, with the original One Million B.C. (1940) leading the charge. Documentaries were also made, but it was not until the 1970s that accurate film accounts of prehistoric humans finally emerged.

This exhaustive work provides detailed accounts of 581 film and television productions that feature depictions of human prehistory. Included are dramas and comedies set in human prehistory; documentaries; and films and television shows in which prehistoric people somehow exist in historical periods--from the advent of civilization up to the present--or in extraterrestrial settings. Each entry includes full filmographic data, including year of release, running time, production personnel, cast information, and format. A description of each film provides background on the prehistoric elements. Contemporary critical commentary is included for many of the works.


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