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Prehistoric Women (Widescreen)

Martine Beswick , Edina Ronay , Michael Carreras    Unrated   DVD
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Deep in the African jungle, great white hunter David Marchant (Michael Latimer) discovers a secret Amazon society where blondes don't have more fun. Captured after trespassing on the sacred grounds of a dangerous tribe of albino-rhino worshippers, he escapes execution by entering a hidden land where women in fur bikinis have enslaved the men, and the brunettes are served by subservient (and quite buxom) blonde slaves. Naturally David falls for cleavage-endowed Saria (Edina Ronay), who believes he is their legendary savior, while the vicious, dark Queen Kari (Martine Beswick) decides to make him her own personal servant to cater to her... every need. Director-producer Michael Carreras (who also wrote the film under the pseudonym "Henry Younger") reused leftover sets from One Million Years B.C. and never leaves the confines of the studio for this campy bit of jungle-woman cheese, which threatens to become overwhelmed by its claustrophobic atmosphere. We get tribal "hoochie-koochie" dances, a Vegas floor show by the blondes, sacrifices to the "devils of the darkness" (with such regularity you have to wonder how they haven't run out of candidates), and Queen Kari takes a milk bath à la Cleopatra. Beswick is the only performer who hits the right note of overheated melodrama; the other cast members seem to be taking this goofy claptrap far more seriously than it deserves. Beware the white rhinoceros! --Sean Axmaker

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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of this one, Bwana... April 9 2004
I really didn't have high hopes for Prehistoric Women (1967) on the outset, but I never one to shy away from the potential goodness to be had in a film with fur-lined, bikini clad, prehistoric women, so I decided to give it a try. Then I saw the opening credits...produced, written and directed by Michael Carerras?! This is the man responsible for other Hammer Studios bum rides as The Lost Continent (1968) and Shatter (1974). It might as well have said 'Abandon all hope ye who enter here...' Oh well, bring on the pain...
The film stars Michael Latimer as David, a hunter with a conscious, and one who guides less experienced hunters through the jungle in search of big game. After his current client wounds a jungle cat, David tracks it to put it out of its' misery, and finds himself trespassing on sacred land, the Land of the White Rhino. Apparently hunting on these lands by outsiders is forbidden, and after David kills the cat, he's quickly accosted by a group of natives. The penalty? Death...but before the sentence can be carried out, something happens, and David finds himself transported to another land, maybe even another time...the time of the prehistoric women!
After coming across a fair-hair girl in a fur bikini, David and the girl, named Saria (Edina Roney), they're both captured by a group of dark haired women, also in fur bikinis. The two are taken to a populated clearing, and here we meet Kari, played by Martine Beswick. Kari also sports the same type of wardrobe as the other women, but she has more adornments, suggesting she might be higher up in the social food chain. And she is, as we soon learn that she is the queen. So Kari is the queen, the dark haired women are her power base, and the blonde haired women are slaves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slave Girls of the White Rhino! July 20 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Not to be confused with a low-rent American movie of the same name made in 1950, Prehistoric Women was written and directed by Hammer producer Michael Carreras in 1966, on redressed sets left over from Hammer's One Million BC.
Definitely an excuse to find a way to reuse the sets, and no dinosaurs this time around, but the film is so outrageously, unapologetically campy that it's complete bliss.
Terminally sincere great white hunter David touches the sacred horn of the statue of the White Rhino while in Africa, and is transported back in time, where he discovers a tribe of White Rhino-worshipping brunettes, who have enslaved all the blonde women, and sent all the men to an even worse fate doing hard labor.
Martine Beswick is just great as the evil and cruel queen Kari, who chooses David for her love slave. Unfortunatly, David has eyes for innocent blonde slave girl Saria, and....
This flick has everything, wildly loopy Amazon dance numbers, sacficial rituals, catfights, jungle action, babes in fur bikinis, outrageous dialog ("Cruelty is what makes me cruel!"), and a climax where the White Rhino comes to life (who cares if it moves like it's rolling on wheels....besides, no real rhino could have such an wonderfully phallic horn). Beswick puts a lot more into the role of Queen Kari than one would expect from this sort of movie--she definitely has more commanding presence (in more ways than one) than Raquel Welch, for example.
It's obvious director Carraras didn't take any of it with an ounce of seriousness, even though it's all played as though it is. His original working title was "Slave Girls of the White Rhino", which I think is a much better title than Prehistoric Women. Still, a sheer, delerious delight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It all ends too soon! Feb. 11 2002
By Jim K.
Any red-blooded male WILL LOVE this film if you enjoy watching movies. It's a society that you will, at least twice in your life, dream of being in.
If you are a woman you will probably hope for it more than twice. Perhaps it is already reality for you.
I was exposed to this movie via the Hammer Trailer extra DVD included on another DVD and had to order it right away. I've seen this film only once before - probably chopped up on TV. Unfortunately the male lead is never truly dominated by The Goddess Kari -- "yeah" for some of you and a negative for others.
Well, I only judge the films by the quality of the DVD. This one is three stars -- the middle of the lot. Pure mono soundtrack, however it does not fade during loud parts. The picture is not too bad, a nice widescreen presentation at 2:35 to 1 and it's not totally clear but for a 1966/1967 films it sits well with me.
Most ordinary people probably won't like this movie -- and I can tell that already by the reviews, but if you are building a Hammer collection this should be included. I would like to go back in time to see how this film was received when originally released. I can almost hear the guffaws! Personally, I like it a lot and it's one that I will watch more than once per year.
What's the best part of this movie? Martine Beswick -- just like everyone else says! Her appeal is powerful, and the Hammer studios captured it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Special place Dec 20 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This film is kind of like a cross between Citizen Kane and To kill a mockingbird, only it has amazons in leather bikinis worshipping a phony rhino. Well, actually it is not like that at all, except for the parts about the rhino and the amazons. Now I know there are plenty of people who will turn up their noses at this movie and only pick out the bad. I am willing to bet that most Hammer fans have one film that they know is not really a good film, but it has a special place because you enjoy it. For some people it is probably Lost Continent, Lust for a vampire or even Legend of the seven golden vampires, but for me it has got to be this film. If you have read any other reviews on this film then you know the negatives here, so I want to talk about the positives. They used some of the sets left over from One Million Years B.C. (as well as some of the actors and actresses), so the sets are pretty decent for the budget. This film is not boring, even if you do not like the story you have to admit movees along well. Some people seem to think this film is not as good as OMY B.C. or When dinosaurs ruled the earth, but if you were to take away the special effects and just compare stories, I think Prehistoric women would be heads and shoulders ahead in the story department.
Another thing that most of Hammer's costume epics lack is a strong leading performance. Ursula Andress and Raquel Welch attempted to go through the motions but here we have Martine Beswick who just about steals this movie. Beswick gives a commanding performance (given the situation), without her the film would certainly be average or less. Beswick has to be the best villainess to ever grace a british horror or sci-fi film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strikes the right chord with me...
I'm not sure why I like this movie so much.
I first saw it when I was 10; my uncle and I hung out alot when I was younger, and one of his favourite tv channels (on his super... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2008 by KrismarieD
3.0 out of 5 stars Defines "camp classic"
Rhino-worshipping jungle brunettes dominate hapless jungle blondes who strive to be free in this fantastic nonsense-movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2003 by Howard Sauertieg
3.0 out of 5 stars Defines "camp classic"
Rhino-worshipping jungle brunettes dominate hapless jungle blondes who strive to be free in this fantastic nonsense-movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2003 by Howard Sauertieg
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy and Fantastic!
This movie is a silly, but very charming effort from the sixties, my favourite decade. It is a little scary and very sexy at the same time. Read more
Published on July 4 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Hammer Hokum
This is really an embarassing film from Hammer Studios. Don't expect a prehistoric film like "One Million Years BC"... Read more
Published on June 11 2000 by frankenberry
3.0 out of 5 stars I had dreams in puberty just like this!
All right, We can tell this isn't going to be an award winner just by looking at the title. Prehistoric Women (AKA The Slave Girls) is a bit of mindless candy that lets us look at... Read more
Published on March 13 2000 by Nicholas B. Stewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Campy but no classic - but Beswick is wonderful
Made on sets left over from One Million BC (although that movie was largely filmed on lacation in the Canaries), this is a silly, campy, sexist and racist little movie that's... Read more
Published on March 4 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Granted this is not the best movie ever, BUT...
It's a given that this movie does not have the best storyline in the world. I didn't take to the rhino worshiping either, but I dont care! Edina Ronay is so incredibly beautiful! Read more
Published on Aug. 9 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars A genuine stinker. Don't confuse with the camp 1966 film.
This film has nothing to recommend it. It's incorrectly linked-to in Amazon's data base from the 1966 film with the same title. Read more
Published on June 2 1999
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