Trog

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  1. dwatts

    dwatts New Member

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    The fact that I have the original theatrical art on the wall of my living room should point to my being a fan of this one.

    Warners bring us the DVD of Trog, and it's cracker. The transfer here is excellent, with lots of good color and a nice widescreen print.

    Trog is the tale of a troglodyte, found in a cave having come back to life after years in ice. Can he be tamed? Will he climb a tall building and fend off toy planes? Who knows. But with Michael Gough on hand in yet another of his "evil" roles, we know it can't possibly end well.

    The "trivia" from the IMDB site tells it all really:

    • Joan Crawford's last film.
    • Joan Crawford, then on Pepsi-Cola's board of directors, demanded product placement for Pepsi-Cola in all her later films. In this one, terrified villagers run past a Pepsi stand while fleeing Trog.
    • The budget was so tight that Joan Crawford had to use her own car as a dressing room and supply all of her own wardrobe, except for the blue lab coat.
    • This was originally set to be made by Tigon Pictures, from a script by Tigon owner Tony Tenser and low-budget specialists Derek Ford and Donald Ford.
    • The ratty ape suit is a leftover monkey outfit from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
    • After seeing this film, Joan Crawford supposedly joked that if it hadn't been for her end-of-life conversion to Christian Science, she might have committed suicide due to her embarrassment at having been in it.
    • Tim Barrett replaced Brian Grellis who dropped out before filming began.
    • The dinosaur scenes were done by Willis H. O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen for the Irwin Allen film The Animal World (1956).

    However, I find this one very watchable. Trog is nicely sympathetic, Crawford isn't half as bad as bad as you've probably heard she is, and there is even a couple nice (70's) kills.

    Trog, basically, rules. I really like this film, even though it's more silly than anything else. Yes they find Trog in an unexplored cave, which inexplicably is right in the middle of a field, only hidden by a bush. Yes, we get a nutty flashback to a film made 15-odd years prior (but it's good to see some Harryhausen/O'Brien footage being put to good use), and yeah - Trog looks like a hippy left over from the 60's, having woken in a bog decades after the concert is over. So what?

    Love it. You shoudl check it out. Freddie Francis gave us this one, God bless him.
     
  2. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    This ones goofy fun.Crawford always had a presence that held your attention.Francis was quite a fine director (just watched THE CREEPING FLESH this afternoon) and even though this one wouldn't rate among his best,it's better than it should be.Plus it has Michael Gough playing one of his classic a-hole parts,always a kick !
     
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    Trog always cracks me up. It's lots of fun and not a minute boring.
     
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    I always break down in hysterical laughter whenever I see Crawford's face in this movie...The only thing I'd ever seen about this film up until very recently were some promo spots Joan Crawford filmed, in utter seriousness, all about the merits of her new film, "Trog"...She was putting it up on some kind of high pedestal as if it were going to be the next picture of the year...Although I'd not seen it, I knew that it was hardly taken seriously, let alone any kind of cinematic landmark...

    When I finally did see it, the first time I almost wet my pants...I can still picture her, all wild eyed and frantic, emoting in the style of a tortured genius stereotype, "We can learn a LOT from TROG"...(eyebrows eyebrows)...

    I'll bet she added that line in, only after they all shared a Pepsi moment together, then she and TROG beat the shit out of Christina...It was only at that moment that Joan Crawford decided that TROG was good people. Of course, sexual fantasies must have followed.

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    :lol:

    I've never seen that picture before, classic, and priceless!
     

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