director Arch Hall Sr.
Considered one of the worst films ever made, Eegah hasn’t really ever been on my radar until just this week, when I decided to watch all the classic bad movies I can stand.
It’s pretty awesome. A horror film about a giant caveman who has apparently been living in the California hills for eons, but suddenly stumbles on an adventurer, his daughter, and her rock’n’roll boyfriend. Everything about this film is less than a quarter baked and it’s pretty hilarious.
You’ve got Richard Kiel, most famous for playing “Jaws” in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as the caveman. And you’ve got producer/director Arch Hall Sr. playing the adventurer. And you’ve got Arch Hall Jr. as the rock’n’roller son who drives a dune buggy around the hills.
Actually, this father/son team made a number of pictures together, including Wild Guitar (1962) and The Sadist (1963). The younger Arch Hall isn’t too bad at the music actually, though the low budget production doesn’t help with the probably post-production lip synch.
I wasn’t as giddy over Eegah as I was over The Horror of Party Beach (1964), but it’s a rock solid bad movie. It’s got charm (man, I wonder how often I use that word.) In fact, there is almost a little something special between Eegah, the caveman, and Roxy Miller (Marilyn Manning). Maybe if it hadn’t been his son in the starring role, the elder Arch Hall might have let the caveman get the girl. He certainly cleaned up pretty well, all things considered.