Schlock

Tagged: Film

Film (1973). Gazotski Films. Written and directed by John Landis. Cast includes Eliza Garrett, Saul Kahn, Landis and Joseph Piantadosi. 77 minutes. Colour.

This was the feature debut of 22-year-old Landis, who went on to bigger things with The Blues Brothers (1980) and An American Werewolf in London (1981), among others. Low-budget, made in two weeks, it is a genuinely funny and affectionate (though deeply undergraduate) Parody of Monster Movies in general, and Trog (1970) and the Apes as Human subgenre in particular. Landis plays the caveman Schlockthropus (in a costume designed by Rick Baker, whose effects debut this was) who gets to terrify the populace, play boogie on the piano, and form an erotic liaison with a blind girl who rejects him horrifiedly when she regains her sight because she had thought he was a dog. [PN]

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