Brotherly Hate

Star Julie Ege posed for Penthouse to promote Creatures the World Forgot, Hammer acknowledging the real appeal in their caveman movie trio, beginning with Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC. It was all about the sexy people, and one point, dinosaurs too.

Dinosaurs do not appear in Creatures the World Forgot. This is (sort of) a realistic take on the genre, set in Africa and played totally without speech. Where Hammer earlier pushed extremes, using splashes of gore to embed horror, by the early ‘70s, it’s clear the intent was entirely exploitation. Multiple times, topless women catfight on screen, less for story development than nudity.

Aggression is a learned behavior, the closet Creatures the World Forgot comes to making a statement

To see how (not) serious Creatures the World Forgot aimed to be, look for the comically absurd bear suit, brawling with men inside a cave midway through the story. Not only is the fight ineffective, the costume isn’t fit for a parody. Lack of dialog and dinosaurs aside, taking any of this sincerely is practically impossible with scenes like that.

There is a singular moment in this relentlessly cruel, violent world worth noting. Two tribes meet, taking defensive postures against one another, while the small children among them get together to peacefully play. Aggression is a learned behavior, the closet Creatures the World Forgot comes to making a statement.

The rest wanders, often aimlessly through a day-in-the-life routine, even confusing the simple war between two brothers fueling the main plot line. For the finale, there’s a bizarre suggestion of telepathy, doubly odd in a movie trying to maintain plausibility.

Monotonous as it is to get there, the climatic scuffle takes place amid a gorgeous a mountaintop, the stakes visually thrilling as the dueling men teeter on rocky ledges. Given the location shooting in Africa, it’s all beautiful, and the open expanse behind the action marvelous to witness. Shame the lacking interest will mean so few reach that point.

Video

Drenched in amber earth tones to sell the desert locations, the Blu-ray debut for this early ’70s effort doesn’t tweak the color aesthetic. It’s still deeply warm with bronzed flesh tones matching the sunny environments. Creatures the World Forgot doesn’t offer much else in terms of saturation.

The print used looks clean, any damage/dirt minimized. Few scenes show anything scratches at all. Preserved grain structure compresses well, certainly carrying the look of film. Unfortunately, the effort doesn’t bring much fidelity, the mastering lackluster. Limited texture suggests an older scan, HD certainly, if little else.

Sunlight fails to bring the expected contrast. Imagery looks downright dulled and flat, lacking depth. Odd considering the location, but fading likely took a toll over time. That said, nighttime brings a pure black skyline, those scenes bringing the best dimensionality in this presentation.

Audio

A volcanic eruption starts this one, producing a decent rush of bass for a mono track. Slow drums in the score push power into the low-end too. Again, for mono, it’s reasonably full.

Treble fares well. Highs offer sharp crispness to this older audio source.

Extras

The only film in Mill Creek’s Hammer Blu-ray set on its own disc, bonuses take up space alongside it, but nothing specific to Creatures the World Forgot.

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While daring in trying to bring realism into an obviously exploitative cavemen movie, Creatures the World Forgot is a dull experiment.

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