have you ever seen that movie the blob? i have and it’s excellent. the best part? the opening song:
i have a suspicion that someone wrote this song and then everyone realized that there needed to be a movie to go along with it. the song’s that good.
as mentioned before, the movie is good too. as good as the song. it’s directed by irvin “shorty” yeaworth jr who made a handful of b-level sci-fi films in the 50s and 60s and, i guess, also sometimes made christian movies and then died in a carcrash a few years ago while overseeing the building of a theme park in jordan.
but i think the best movie he ever made was dinosaurus!
you’ve probably already figured out the plot:
colonial interests are blowing the shit out of the ocean floor near this island in maybe the carribean. they unearth two dinosaurs — a t-rex and a brontosaurus — and a cavemen, all frozen for a million years. then lighting strikes, awakening the prehistorics. then the t-rex kills a drunk irish guy, a bus load of people, the brontosaurus and the caveman. then the t-rex gets knocked off a cliff in an aliens like battle — human + technology beating out some monster. the end. (actually, the the end is followed by a question mark leaving the possibility for a yet to be made sequel unless you count jurassic park as the sequel since they stole almost everything from dinosaurus! including the white outfit that old guy that owns the island wears.)
dinosaurus! is a b-movie, but in the best possible way. in fact, i would argue that it’s similar to hitchcock movies of the same period in it’s look and self-consciousness. like, while the movie takes place on some tropical island, most of the outdoor scenes are shot in lush, colorful, crowded sets located in studios just like north by northwest. the characters all wear quirky, pressed outfits. and there are tons of strange jokes about how this movie is a movie.
but the best part of dinosaurus! is the caveman. after being frozen in ice for over a million years, he finds himself in a new totally new environment surrounded by nothing familiar. but where this movie differs from most movies featuring cavemen is that this caveman is actually smart. smarter than anyone else in the movie (with the exception of the kid, julio).
this makes sense. many evolutionary biologist argue that there hasn’t been that many significant changes, biologically speaking, in quite a while. this means, if a caveman baby somehow time-travelled to now and was raised by present parents, they would grow up like any kid born today.
while i’m oversimplifying the argument, the point is this caveman has a brain that allows him to understand and make predictions about the new environment he finds himself in. this stuff plays out in the funniest way. the caveman ends up in someones house where he finds an axe and understands how it can be used as a tool. then he sees himself in the mirror for the first time, and while initially he’s scared, comes to understand that it’s an image of himself. then he tries to eat a book, but realizes this isn’t food but something else. he stares at the pages as he begins to understand that these are symbols meant to communicate information. later he runs into julio who shows him how to use a stove to cook food, then shows him how to eat his food using a fork.
anyway, dinosaurus! is great movie that looks cool with more jokes than you have time to laugh at.
check out this site for more dinosaurus! pics.