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315 - Teenage Caveman



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Teri Gee - 22 days 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 - about 1 month 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 - 2 months ago

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


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Not Dave Chappelle - 3 months ago

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


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Debbie Singleton - 4 months ago

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


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Debbie Singleton - 4 months ago

Ooh, and now I want Pinwheel cookies!


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Debbie Singleton - 4 months ago

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


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korey green - 5 months ago

I caught the Show Me State Aka Missouri ref.!


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Jimmy Porto - 5 months 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 - 6 months ago

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


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Sean Barry - 6 months ago

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


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Sean Barry - 6 months ago

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


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Ted Chase - 7 months 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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Rumor has it PETA hired a hit man to take out Ross.


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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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Aileen Smithee - 8 months ago

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 - 10 months ago

Wussy.

Dickweed.


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Tanishia Williams - 10 months 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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Scott Morrow - 10 months 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 - 12 months ago

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


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Morgan Zindzi T - about 1 year 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 - about 1 year ago

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


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


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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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Strawberry Quik alone is enough to make me puke.


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Joseph Ewing - about 1 year 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 - about 1 year ago

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


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Bronn K - over 1 year 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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Phil Carstens - over 1 year ago

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


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Todd Appel - over 1 year 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 - over 1 year ago

The Children's Wonder Book Of Rainy Day Ipecacs


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Fredrick Stafford - over 1 year 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 - over 1 year 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 - over 1 year 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 - almost 2 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 - almost 2 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 - almost 2 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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o[ ]~~~ "the Acid Queen" Rose B - about 2 years ago

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 - about 2 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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SirQuacky - about 2 years ago

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


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Dan Rudy - about 2 years ago

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


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Dan Rudy - about 2 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 - about 2 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 - over 2 years ago

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


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Cliff Beefpile - over 2 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 - over 2 years ago

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


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Elel - over 2 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!