Trog – UK, 1970 – overview and reviews

 
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‘Here comes Trog. You’ll laugh at yourself for being so scared… but don’t laugh at Trog.’

Trog is a 1970 British science fiction horror feature film directed by Freddie Francis (The SkullTales from the Crypt; Craze) from a screenplay by Peter Bryan, John Gilling (The Plague of the Zombies), and Aben Kandel.

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The project was originally developed by Tony Tenser at Tigon Films then sold to Herman Cohen (I Was a Teenage WerewolfHorrors of the Black Museum). The movie stars Joan Crawford (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?; Strait-Jacket), Michael Gough, Bernard Kay and Kim Braden.

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The film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson’s book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of ‘The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made’.

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Plot:

Doctor Brockton (Joan Crawford) discovers that a troglodyte is alive in the caves of the British countryside. She gets the creature to the surface and attempts to train him, but runs into trouble as a few people oppose this, especially a local businessman afraid of negative commercial consequences, Sam Murdock (Michael Gough). Murdock frees the creature, leading to a rampage…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“There is, however, a rudimentary virtue in Trog… in that it proves that Joan Crawford is grimly working at her craft. Unfortunately, the determined lady, who is fetching in a variety of chic pants suits and dresses, has little else going for her.” The New York Times

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Trog is truly ungodly. The performances are rotten, the Trog makeup is so bad it looks, at times, like it will slide right off the actor’s face, and everything proceeds at a snail’s pace to idiotic situations. It’s really sad to see such a huge star [Crawford] be consigned to the Z-grade abyss of films like this. But, hey, a girl’s gotta eat.” Bad Movie Night

“Since she is now best remembered as the subject of both the book and movie versions of Mommie Dearest, the maternal instincts Crawford displays toward Trog have an even more laughable quality today than when the film was made.” John Wilson, The Official Razzie Movie Guide

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“The worst horror movies are those that don’t understand their own absurdity. Trog!, on the other hand, understands it all too well.” RogerEbert.com

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The dinosaur sequence was stock footage from the movie The Animal World (1956)

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Choice dialogue:

Doctor Brockton: “Get the ball! Good boy, Trog!”

Cast and characters:

  • Joan Crawford as Doctor Brockton
  • Michael Gough as Sam Murdock + Satan’s Slave; Horror Hospital; Berserk; Konga
  • Bernard Kay as Inspector Greenham
  • Kim Braden as Anne Brockton
  • David Griffin as Malcolm Travers
  • John Hamill as Cliff
  • Thorley Walters as Minister
  • Jack May as Doctor Selbourne
  • Geoffrey Case as Bill
  • Simon Lack as Colonel Vickers
  • David Warbeck as Alan Davis – Panic; The Black CatThe Beyond; Twins of Evil

Filming locations:

Bray Studios, Down Place, Oakley Green, Berkshire, England
Ivinghoe Beacon, The Ridgeway, Buckinghamshire, England
New Lodge, Winkfield, Berkshire, England

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