Saturday, February 24, 2007

Cavegirl Fancy dress

Most fancy dress catalogues feature cave girl outfits. With very few exceptions they tend to feature animal prints rather than the One Million Years BC fur-deerskin approach. No doubt because it's considerably cheaper to print leopard spots on any old polyester. A surprising number of these photos feature girls holding large bones. I can't think what sort of symbolism they are after here!

The one with the fishnet tights isn't even trying to be a cavegirl and really only the plain brown one is anywhere near "authentic". I suspect that the only time a decent looking girls wears any of these outfits is when they are the models being photographed for these pictures. The thought of some of these get ups on the average woman is terrifying to imagine!

Oh, and if I had to pick one of these lovelies to be stuck in a cave with I think it would be the girl with the headband. I'd love to rub sticks together for her!

One Million Years BC: the DVD

The region 2 DVD is a good cleaned-up, widescreen version; considering the original negative is lost. It is still Hammer Films most profitable film so is currently easily available. Amazon UK currently has it new for under £5.00 -bargain!

Note: the US region 1 version has somwhere between 7 and 9 minutes cut from it.

One Million Years BC: Miniatures

If you yearn to have a little bit of Raquel on your shelf there are a number of model kits inspired by the film. This first one is unusual in that it really is "inspired by". In the actual film it is the John Richardson character that spears the allosaurus in this pose. The modelmakers have decided that the model would sell better (rightly) if they used a cavegirl in a fur bikini instead. She certainly looks fit enought to take on an Allosaurus!

Here is another model taking a cavegirl and dinosaur theme. Her outfit is not so obviously based on Raquel's, though. Lovely painting on this example.

This model recreates the famous Pterodactyl kidnap. Oddly, the figure of the girl looks exactly like the stop-motion dollies that Ray Harryhausen used to make when needing human figures to interact with his monsters. They always used to kick their little legs a lot to demonstrate that they weren't a model (which of course, they were).

You can buy it here:

This one tries to capture the famous pose and even has an attempt at Raquel's fine boned face. The painting of this model lets down the effect, however, more golden tans would have helped a lot.

This one, by Andrea Miniatures from Spain gets the colours down better and the model itself does a better job of capturing Raquel's unique physique. Again, the face isn't brilliant and it even looks like they have downsized her bust - not what you would usually expect on a miniature like this!

This one is the best attempt to get the pose, the physique and the face. Here are versions by two different painters. Neither captures Rquel's face really but it's the closest. Her bust looks right as well. If I had to buy one I think I would go for the Andrea miniatures one as the best interpretation. It's an 80mm white metal figure and your skin tone painting would have to be spot on!