Thursday, May 23, 2013

EEGAH! (1962) movie review

EEGAH! (1962) d. Hall Sr., Arch (as Nicholas Merriwether) (USA)

"Love Breaks the Time Barrier!" Arch Hall, Sr. produced and directed this train wreck under the pseudonym of Nicholas Merriwether, and then cast himself in a major supporting role under another aka of "William Watters." One assumes this was done to not call attention to his relation to the film’s nominal star, Arch Hall, Jr., who zips around in his dune buggy, squints and smiles a lot from under his zany blonde pompadour, and croons a couple of tunes to his girl Roxy (Marilyn Manning) – usually with other girls’ names as the titles.

The biggest appeal for this “caveman falls for modern girl” fable – both literally and figuratively – is seeing future 7’2 James Bond villain Richard Kiel strut his stuff in a mothy loincloth whilst sporting some of the sketchiest facial hair this side of a back alley Santa Claus.

The conceit is that Kiel has survived lo these millions of years by gulping down water from the sulfur spring in his desert cave-dwelling domicile, which is one possible explanation for the stench emanating from your DVD player. Trivia: Filmed in Bronson Canyon, Eegah's cavern is Ro-Man's headquarters (from legendary 1953 turkey Robot Monster) seen from a different angle.

Unintentional laughs and eye rolling galore, with a swimming pool climax intended to evoke boo-hoo memories of King Kong, capped by a phony Bible reference (there is no is Chapter 4, verse 32 in Genesis). In short, pure incompetent genius.

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