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315 - Teenage Caveman



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Nathaniel Bolt - about 18 hours ago

I think something alot. Films have potential. They are wasted. Low budgets, black and white color, poor acting. This film well its like The Village. Remember that film about the community living like the Ammish in a national park being hunted by some kind of monsters? That was well liked but this is the same thing but much older and worse quality.


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About Dr. F's invention here... I commented on this further down, but no one else here or on the Wikia apparently sees things the way I did. So I'm curious. Is it just me? Am I wrong? Or has no one else bothered to say it in the places I've looked?

Dr. F. says his invention is the culmination of his life's work. It's "The Essence of Evil." He says he'll demonstrate. He turns it on. He and Frank immediately begin arguing, which jumps straight to a fight to the death, much to Joel and the bots' bewilderment. After the invention gets put away, they continue fighting, but more off and on, until they work it out of their systems and patch things up (physically and emotionally).

So Dr. F.'s invention is exactly what he says it was: The Essence of Evil. Pure chaotic hatred and destruction.


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Those have got to be some of the best-groomed cavemen I've ever seen. Clean-shaven, neatly trimmed, blown dry. Pomade and hair dye. No one in the tribe has a hair out of place. I guess the Gifts of Man must be fire, the wheel, building and destroying, and the beauty salon in the back of the third cave on the right.


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Joel's juggling act at the beginning of the main film is impressive. Not only is he coordinating his movements by looking at a screen off to the side, but he actually remembers where the "balls" are going to be to set himself up properly for them.


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Zeitgeist Meister - about 1 month ago

It's raining in outer space?


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Kent Manthie - 3 months ago

That scene at 49:48 and +, when Vaughan sees the Komodo Dragon (hear Servo reference The Freshman -"here he is, your Komodo Dragon"-you have to have seen it 2 get it) well-remember, Servo sees the lizards fighting & then says "hey, this looks familiar..." and again: "no really, I've seen this B4" -yeah, me too: that was the same stock footage used from King Dinosaur when those male & female "astronauts" (RU kidding? Astronauts? not even close) get to some planet that is like a stone-age earth -and 1of the girls sees this island& wants to get to it, so when they do, they come upon a bunch of dinosaurs, including "dinosaurs" which R nothing but a blown up Komodo Dragon & a monitor or something, w/a fin pasted on its back!)-but seriously: the exact same footage! Also, that "god who kills w/a touch" (from what the dummies can deduce) turns out to be a radiation suit for this old survivor-anyway that suit was used for the alien creature in Bloodbeast -remember! Looks like very little wasted footage in Corman's movies!


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Kent Manthie - 3 months ago

OK-short: bad. Ross=bad guy. Shows how awful zoos were back then (how much better are they today? I know they try to have a more conservation approach to the animals, but how do they go about getting specimens in the wild? Why terrorize these creatures, why not at least, shoot 'em w/a tranq. dart, so they are anaesthetized & don't feel pain & sleep through the horror! BTW -I was 100% w/Joel when Ross was chasing the cub: "what if the mother cub came around now?" -yeah, I had the same thought, just B4 he said that! I was thinking: "I wish mama bear was right by: Ross would've gotten mauled like you wouldn't believe; he'd have gotten torn to shreds! & then U had the "Emo Philiips"-looking "Seminole"-wearing a DRESS??-was that supposed to be a male "Seminole"? How degrading for Seminoles to be portrayed as zoo mercenaries helper in kidnapping wildlife to sell to urban zoos, like filling a grocery order. Jeez. I hear you guys, whe you said "I'd like to apologize to everybody everywhere!" - no kidding!! Plus, it seemed like some of those animals weren't all that smarter than Ross! The big galoot!


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Kent Manthie - 3 months ago

D'ja see: about 49:48 -when the Komodo dragon & the "lizard"(with the fin pasted on its back) were fighting in that stock footage;I thought that looked familiar-I knew I'd seen it B4: then, even Servo too, said "hey, that looks familiar...; I've seen that somewhere B4" and so on...well, I remembered where: KING DINOSAUR! (season 2, ep., uh, 10, I think-but for sure, season 2) the diff. was in King Dinosaur, these so-called astronauts (this was long B4 any manned space flight, so people obviously didn't know you needed pressurized space suits to survive the unbelievable, instant killer of the cold in space! But they did wear these goofy space-helmets, as if that would help! And, remember other space-flight films, same thing: no space suits + they'd send up these egghead scientists, researchers, etc.-they may have been smart & all-but they had NO, none, zero training in flying anything; they never even flew a jet airplane, e.g.! But, another reuse in Teenage Caveman that I saw mentioned by someone else was that radiation suit the human survivor from "civilization" had been wearing so long it must've deteriorated into a monstrous-looking suit-but, regardless: even B4 it was revealed what/who that thing was, I too recognized that thing as being the "alien" creature from Bloodbeast-I don't know if Corman directed that one too or if he was producer/exec. prod. on it. Amazing the little things one notices just from watching the variety of bad 50s cold war allegories on MST3K- but I must admit: Teenage Caveman, as a cautionary tale about nuclear holocaust & the theme of bombing civilization back 2 the "stone age" was taken to extremes!


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 5 months ago

So I hated the short on animal abuse but the host segment really went a long way as far as revenge goes. (put that ass in a bag with a snake and beat him!). the movie was surprisingly good, presenting some interestingly good points of view on developing societies. Aside from the twist at the end (kinda predictable...) it was pretty good.


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Last of the Wild Ponies - 5 months ago

33:39 "Oh, and here's George Bernard Shaw" for CNN.


Gosh, what a coincidence!
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Sir T - 8 months ago

Heh. When I watched this I blinked when I saw the "Beast that kills with a touch" because its the monster suit they used in "Night of the Blood Beast" with a few bits added. And the blonde Caveman that talks back to the evil guy with a beard was in "blood beast" too. There must be sone kind of Horrific thread that runs through these movies, connecting them to the Satellite of love with chains that last through time...

Oh yeah. Roger Corman. I should have known...


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Donald Petkus - 8 months ago

Robert VAUGHN was about 25 or 26 when he starred as the title character. Another case of teenager being play by adults. Like Steve McQueen in The Blob some of this actors went on to better things.


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The "sinking earth" is...water? They don't know what water is!? They've never seen it before!? It's never rained and made a puddle?! The fact that somebody wrote that and put it in this movie makes me genuinely kind of angry.

You may now return to your feature already in progress.


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Charles White - 12 months ago

Why is Crow's Headgear lying on the counter at 1:10:29?


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Joe Comer - over 1 year ago

Roger Corman, I hardly knew ye!! Thank goodness....heehee!!! Funny episode. But why is there over twenty minutes of nothing but blue screen at the end??


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Showdax - over 1 year ago

The Catching Trouble short did a good job of making me ashamed of my human genes... Then Joel and the bots made it all better. Thanks, guys, for restoring the faith in humanity. ^_^
The main movie was nicely riffed. Couldn't stand ...uh... what's his name. ...Alan? :P "Ahh, it's evil! And so's that! And you! And over there! Evil!" Shut up, man!


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Crypto Dentist - over 1 year ago

Wait... how is it a rainy day on the SOL... why hasn't anyone noticed this...

(on another note, as some others have mentioned, this movie seems like another good example of a decent Corman idea, terrible execution. All those walking scenes... And by the by, radiation poisoning is not contagious. Y'know, the dinosaurs and long-life business notwithstanding.)


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I like bleu cheese on steak


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Teri Gee - over 1 year ago

I just noticed that, at the beginning of the Catching Trouble short, the narrator said that it was a "faithful depiction" of an order he received. Meaning that, everything we're seeing in this is fake. I don't know if everyone else realized that already, but it was the first time I noticed that line.


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Tim Fox Jackson - over 1 year ago

I've watched this one a few times now....am I the only one who thinks its actually a pretty good movie? (production value aside)


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Roll Fizzle Beef - over 1 year ago

54:25 "Something goofy this way comes!" Ha ha ha. Had to stop and rewind three times. Too funny.


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really good to see Frank get a 'Hi-kiba!' in.


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Debbie Singleton - almost 2 years ago

I'm with you, Tom, I call them Fudgicles too :)


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Debbie Singleton - almost 2 years ago

Ooh, and now I want Pinwheel cookies!


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Debbie Singleton - almost 2 years ago

Love the Odd Couple references, I loved that show :)


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korey green - almost 2 years ago

I caught the Show Me State Aka Missouri ref.!


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Jimmy Porto - almost 2 years ago

Robert Vaughn is a great actor, but he appears to be around 25 in this. Far from being a teenager.


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(around 3:25) When Gypsy says "IN", her jaw smashes Joel's hand. Now, I don't know how heavy her mouth is but I imagine that must of hurt! You can see Joel hiss a bit in pain, but he sticks through the shot like a champ. Impressive!


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Dr. Despicable - about 2 years ago

I wonder whether Chad Slabbody was an early ancestor of Blast Hardcheese...


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Sean Barry - about 2 years ago

Hahaha yeah, Joel, give Ross a taste of his own medicine!


I cut-choo! I cut-choo good!
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Sean Barry - about 2 years ago

Woo that opening bit with the Mads and the knife got pretty intense there.


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Ted Chase - about 2 years ago

I wish we could have seen Joel's illustrated history of technology, starting with Gallagher and ending with The Flying Nun


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Patrick Swayze Christmas - about 2 years ago

Rumor has it PETA hired a hit man to take out Ross.


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Patrick Swayze Christmas - about 2 years ago

I'm getting thoroughly Cormanized this morning, as I just finished watching "It Conquered the World" and now "Teenage Caveman"....I'm thinking of actually watching a good Corman movie next..."Little Shop of Horrors" {of course i mean sans MST3K}


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I can't help but wonder what The Mads' invention was supposed to be this time out. I'm envisioning some cross between Megaweapon and one of those catboxes that cleans itself automatically.


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John Muoio - over 2 years ago

Wussy.

Dickweed.


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Tanishia Williams - over 2 years ago

Wow. Now that I've seen Robert Vaughn in this brilliant role, I can understand how he was later cast in great Academy Award winning roles such as the villain in Baseketball. Truly we are in the presence of genius.


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Great Scott - over 2 years ago

Anybody else seeing more than a passing resemblance to M. Night Shyamalan's The Village?


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Added link to original movie.


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 2 years ago

Kinda wonder where Ma Bear was? That might have been interesting!


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Morgan Zindzi T - over 2 years ago

I have the same plastic knife as Frank. I poked my camp counselor in the back with it and he almost jumped over the fence


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

You know, Ross in his shorts reminds me of Johnny from The Time of the Apes.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

The guy Joel calls Ed Nelson looks to me more like Michael Berryman with hair.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

I was surprised how long it took me to realize that was Robert Vaughn. I guess 'cause I've never seen him that young.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Strawberry Quik alone is enough to make me puke.


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

I love when Servo says "Teenage Caveman... WE'RE ALL CAVEMEN!" The second I saw the title, I thought of Baba O'Riley and "Teenage wasteland. We're all wasted!"


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Anthony DiCrecchio - almost 3 years ago

1:04:38 - Tom Servo's a King Crimson fan? Awesome!


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Bronn K - almost 3 years ago

This film actually was not too bad. I actually got drawn into the plot. Robert Vaughn is a solid lead actor and the story is fairly solid. Some tweaks could have made this a good film:

1) You'll accept some bad science as acceptable breaks for reality for story contrivances, but the coda talked about monsters and dinosaurs having come back, for no reason at all. I'd have taken the radioactive long-lived anthropologists as tragic and a key plot figure if not the rest of the garbage.

2) The message speech at the end was way too sanctimonious. Need to dial that back a bit.

3) Too much padding with scenes of people just wandering around, or chasing stuff with no purpose. Some of that can be effective and artistic, but only when there's an actual point to it, which isn't here. Less of that, and more development of relationships between characters would have helped.

4) Silly usage of stock footage...but that's unavoidable to some degree with the budgeting.

5) The accents....eesh. Something that stands out a bit less to our ears and is more consistent among the cast should be a goal.

6) Those dogs really needed to look much less like pets.


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Did anyone else notice that Tom and Crow were on one of the artist renderings?


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Phil Carstens - almost 3 years ago

If it makes anybody feel any better, everyone involved in the making of Catching Trouble is dead.


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Todd Appel - almost 3 years ago

This is one of my all time favorites...and the two shorts are easily in the top 5...Hysterical from start to finish...Wild Eagle from F Troop vs. The Man From Uncle...this shit writes itself


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starman 76 - almost 3 years ago

The Children's Wonder Book Of Rainy Day Ipecacs


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Fredrick Stafford - about 3 years ago

Like all of you when I heard Corman and Vaughn had teamed up my expectations were off the charts. And it had all the beloved Corman trademarks, plenty of disparate stock footage, sparse and repetitive locations, Jonathan Haze, etc…and the haunting look away gazes of Vaughn lore, but somehow it just did not all come together. One must blame America International for changing the title from the more esteemed original Prehistoric World. A 26 year old teenager? Indeed, what must they think of us?


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Super McWonderfull - about 3 years ago

I really liked this episode, tho I've never really been let down by the MST3K crew....... HOWEVER the main character, the teenage caveman, is way to intellectual and intelligent..... he sounds more like someone who was living in the DARK AGES....


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Scooter Atreides - about 3 years ago

What really gets me is that short MUST have been at least partially staged: Only a suicidal moron would go after two bear cubs without at least a tranquilizer gun. How could Ross know he'd find the cubs alone? And what mother bear would leave her young not only alone and helpless, but be so far away she couldn't hear those ear-splitting shrieks of terror her cubs let out?

Either those were trained cubs, which doesn't seem likely given the aforementioned shrieks of terror, or Mama Bear was killed before this travesty was filmed.


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Kimono Dragon - over 3 years ago

I don't expect perfection in an MST3K flick, but that Joe Cocker caveman has a New York accent! And since when were cavemen clean shaved? Forget about using dull flint knives... THEY HAD NO MIRRORS!


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Kimono Dragon - over 3 years ago

After that animal cruelty short I watched #615-Kitten with a Whip. I needed a home made ipecac. Kitten with a Whip is better than toothpaste and orange juice!


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Puma Man - over 3 years ago

"We leave you with this question: If you enjoyed Catching Trouble in any way, there's something wrong with you."

I love how Joel and the bots handle uncomfortable footage.


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The Mads' Fight Scene would not have been complete without the synthesized "Amok Time" music. Cherry on the top of a great scene!


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Robert Ferguson - over 3 years ago

natoonea may be right, it's grainy footage of what "could be" Adolf.
The bunker MAY have been one of history's BIG cover ups.


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"I going to kill you!" --Frank
"You're gonna have to kill me first!" --Dr. Forester


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Dan Rudy - over 3 years ago

Also, interesting backstory on the pre-film slur: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_jumping_bean


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Dan Rudy - over 3 years ago

Has anybody experimented with their own ipecac recipes? I imagine boiled corn meal mixed with grain spirits would definitely do... anything more humane about?


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B - over 3 years ago

The moment of Greg Proops at the beginning of the current link cracks me up, and it conjures a whole 90s Comedy Central to mind. Hey, time for Kids in The Hall! Oh man, Janeane Garofalo is gonna be on Dr. Katz! etc.


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natoonea - almost 4 years ago

0:11:45--that really looks like hitler. freaky.


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Cliff Beefpile - almost 4 years ago

Chad Slambody, along with Johnny Longtorso, were the other two nicknames I considered using for this site. I'm not going to admit just how difficult a decision it was, to do so would prove what a huge nerd I am.


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Rachel Adams - almost 4 years ago

Robert Vaughn looks like what would happen if Johny Cash and Bill Pullman had a child.


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Elel - almost 4 years ago

A short that makes you want to join PETA for life. Roger Corman. Middle-aged adolescents in loin cloths. Roger Corman. Alley-Oop anthropology. Repeated blows to the head by a 40 lb moral hammer. Filmdom's worst ever T-Rex costume and filmdom's most bizarre ghillie suit. Roger Corman. Enjoy!