director Ewald André Dupont
How many mad scientist reverted to caveman movies were made in the 1950’s?
I grew up with Jack Arnold’s Monster on the Campus (1958) but little did I know of Ewald André Dupont’s The Neanderthal Man of five years earlier. Mad scientists gotta do what mad scientists gotta do and sometimes that is to play around with formulae to revert evolution. To be fair to the scientist of Monster on the Campus, his coming about was more by pure near slap-stick accident. The Neanderthal Man‘s scientist is more driven by discovery and having been rejected by his peers.
Dupont was once a prominent German director of the Silent Era, but his career shifted once he landed in Hollywood, and somehow late in life he found himself directing his first monster movie.
I’d say it’s almost exactly half-bad. Which means that it’s exactly half-sort-of-good in that 1950’s sci-fi/horror way. 1953 is still the early part of the decade and this looks like a B-production’s B-production, so this is a mix of not yet full-on clichés and rather uninspired film-making.
But I’ve got a soft spot for this biz.