Wednesday, 22 April 2009


In this infamously reviled B-movie, 7’1½” actor Richard Kiel, best known internationally for his role as Bond villain Jaws, plays Eegah, a gigantic prehistoric caveman inexplicably living in the desert in 1960s America. A tipsy young lady named Roxy (Marilyn Manning) is apparently the first human to encounter him, and is hard pressed to find anyone who will take her concerns seriously. Eventually, her father Robert concedes and sets out to look for the creature himself. Naturally, Roxy’s sudden vulnerability (her ever-present blue-eyed boyfriend Tom is too vacant to take action) leads to her being kidnapped by Eegah and taken back to his cave, where she meets her father again. The two theorise that Eegah has fallen madly in love with Roxy, and she tries to appease him as far as she can tolerate. When his back is turned, the two escape back to the city, seemingly unaffected by their strange experience. All is well until it is revealed that Eegah followed them, and won’t give up without a fight.

Kiel as Eegah is perhaps the only interesting aspect of the film, and mostly for his bizarre appearance. Insipid Roxy fails to command our attention from the beginning, while Tom, a pale imitation of the teen idols of the time, sickens more than delights with his soppy crooning. And despite his best efforts to convince otherwise, Robert’s theory on how Eegah still survives eons past his prime makes very little sense in the grand scheme of things. An unmitigated mess.

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