In Dinosaurs we again have two starcrossed lovers from different tribes, Sanna (
Victoria Vetri) and Tara (Robin Hawdon). Sanna is one of several blond women
who are to be sacrificed by her tribe (who wear alligator head masks), but she
Author: William Schoell
This work offers a critical, colorful and informative examination of different types of monster movies, spanning the silent period to today. Chapter One focuses on dragons, dinosaurs, and other scaly giants from films like 1953’s The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, an impressive stop-motion production that ushered in a new era of atomic-spawned monster films. Chapter Two examines “big bug” flicks, beginning with 1954’s giant ant–infested Them! Chapter Three focuses on ordinary animals grown to improbable proportions through scientific or sinister experimentation, such as the huge octopus in 1955’s It Came from Beneath the Sea. Chapters Four, Five, and Six look at films in which nature goes berserk, and otherwise innocuous animals flock, swarm, hop or run about on a menacingly massive scale, including 1963’s The Birds and 1972’s Frogs. Finally, Chapter Seven focuses on films featuring beasts that defy easy definition, such as 1958’s The Blob and Fiend Without a Face.
Tara (Robin Hawdon) dives from a sea raft to rescue Sanna in When Dinosaurs
Ruled the Earth. Zany cavemen ... After a long chase (interrupted by a very brief
fight between two dinosaurs) dozens of men surround the lovers. Sanna (Victoria
Author: Michael Klossner
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.
Sanna argues that 'divorce is a natural and probable consequence of falling in
love'. She does not believe in love, probably because her own parents have
divorced, and she satisfies her sexual needs by having next to anonymous sex.
Author: Tommy Gustafsson
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Nordic Genre Film offers a transnational approach to studying contemporary genre production in Nordic cinema.