Deep in the African jungle, great white hunter David Marchant (Michael Latimer) discovers a secret Amazon society where blondes don't have more fun. Captured after trespassing on the sacred grounds of a dangerous tribe of ... more »albino-rhino worshippers, he escapes execution by entering a hidden land where women in fur bikinis have enslaved the men, and the brunettes are served by subservient (and quite buxom) blonde slaves. Naturally David falls for cleavage-endowed Saria (Edina Ronay), who believes he is their legendary savior, while the vicious, dark Queen Kari (Martine Beswick) decides to make him her own personal servant to cater to her... every need. Director-producer Michael Carreras (who also wrote the film under the pseudonym "Henry Younger") reused leftover sets from One Million Years B.C. and never leaves the confines of the studio for this campy bit of jungle-woman cheese, which threatens to become overwhelmed by its claustrophobic atmosphere. We get tribal "hoochie-koochie" dances, a Vegas floor show by the blondes, sacrifices to the "devils of the darkness" (with such regularity you have to wonder how they haven't run out of candidates), and Queen Kari takes a milk bath ŕ la Cleopatra. Beswick is the only performer who hits the right note of overheated melodrama; the other cast members seem to be taking this goofy claptrap far more seriously than it deserves. Beware the white rhinoceros! --Sean Axmaker« less
"Not to be confused with a low-rent American movie of the same name made in 1950, Prehistoric Women was written and directed by Hammer producer Michael Carreras in 1966, on redressed sets left over from Hammer's One Million BC.
Definitely an excuse to find a way to reuse the sets, and no dinosaurs this time around, but the film is so outrageously, unapologetically campy that it's complete bliss.Terminally sincere great white hunter David touches the sacred horn of the statue of the White Rhino while in Africa, and is transported back in time, where he discovers a tribe of White Rhino-worshipping brunettes, who have enslaved all the blonde women, and sent all the men to an even worse fate doing hard labor.Martine Beswick is just great as the evil and cruel queen Kari, who chooses David for her love slave. Unfortunatly, David has eyes for innocent blonde slave girl Saria, and....This flick has everything, wildly loopy Amazon dance numbers, sacficial rituals, catfights, jungle action, babes in fur bikinis, outrageous dialog ("Cruelty is what makes me cruel!"), and a climax where the White Rhino comes to life (who cares if it moves like it's rolling on wheels....besides, no real rhino could have such an wonderfully phallic horn). Beswick puts a lot more into the role of Queen Kari than one would expect from this sort of movie--she definitely has more commanding presence (in more ways than one) than Raquel Welch, for example.It's obvious director Carraras didn't take any of it with an ounce of seriousness, even though it's all played as though it is. His original working title was "Slave Girls of the White Rhino", which I think is a much better title than Prehistoric Women. Still, a sheer, delerious delight.Anchor Bay's letterbox transfer is great (and is featured on the VHS tape as well as the DVD). The letterboxing is vital for this flick, since for some reason Carreras decided to go against typical Hammer practice and do this one in genuine widescreen Cinemascope....probably because you can fit a lot more prehistoric babes in one shot that way."
Defines "camp classic"
Howard Sauertieg | Harrisburg, PA USA | 02/17/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rhino-worshipping jungle brunettes dominate hapless jungle blondes who strive to be free in this fantastic nonsense-movie. For a film with such a simple dynamic, there are a surprising number of diversions from the main plot. These are very entertaining (dances, weddings, catfights) although they're obviously filler, padding out the film to feature length with eye candy. Definitely a late-night or rainy Saturday afternoon feature. Some reviewers have said that "Prehistoric Women" is missing 16 minutes of footage, but that's incorrect! Actually "Prehistoric Women" is the American version that runs 16 minutes longer (90 minutes) than the 74-minute British release, titled "Slave Girls." THIS IS THE U.S. RELEASE - THE LONG VERSION. Thanks Anchor Bay!"
I had dreams in puberty just like this!
Nicholas B. Stewart | Victoria, TX United States | 03/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"All right, We can tell this isn't going to be an award winner just by looking at the title. Prehistoric Women (AKA The Slave Girls) is a bit of mindless candy that lets us look at busty blondes/brunettes in what we guys like to consider their natural habitat. A big game hunter/guide David Merchant (Michael Latimer)is captured by some tribal misfits and is taken to the temple of the white rhino (plaster statue) there, something kooky happens and the native guys freeze when the wall of the temple splits, and Merchant is introduced to a new world where the dark haired women are in control, the blonde women serve them and are sacrificed to the white rhino, and the men are forced to work the mines or something.....See! I told you it was just like puberty! Anyway, the evil Queen Kari(Martine Beswick) is every mans ideal ex-wife, as she tries to force Merchant to be her man. Merchant can't force himself to love her because he is smitten with the beautiful blonde slave girl Saria. The battle begins. Don't forget to watch the trailers at the end. Relive the excitement of being a kid again."
Campy but no classic - but Beswick is wonderful
Nicholas B. Stewart | 03/05/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Made on sets left over from One Million BC (although that movie was largely filmed on lacation in the Canaries), this is a silly, campy, sexist and racist little movie that's unfortunately played far too straight for its own good.Latimer plays a white hunter who, about to be sacrificed by an African tribe, stumbles into a hidden valley ruled by dark-haired white women who keep all the blondes and the men as slaves. Beswick is the evil queen who spends most of the film on heat trying to get Latimer into her bed (at one point she bathes in milk and at another wraps a whip round him as she pulls him towards her bed). Incomprehensibly, the silly man resists her advances and prefers slave Ronay. Common guy - get a life; Beswick is clearly the horniest bird in the jungle.Apart from this we have a cat fight between Beswick and a slave and the film stops frequently for various dance routines (Beswick does a seduction one for Latimer, the slave girls do one, and a sexy African girl does one at the beginning). There's also "the devils of darkness" (i.e. black guys hidden by animal skins) to whom sacrifices must be made on a frequent basis. At the end, the slaves all revolt, Beswick gets gored by a rhino and Latimer wakes up to discover it was all a dream.Hammer's decision to go for a PG certifcate unfortunately means that there is no nudity.It's a mess of a film and one wonders what the intended audience was - in the UK the running time was cut down to 74m so it could be released as a B feature. The video is the full length version and is in the correct Scope ratio. Some of the Amazon comments above confuse this with another movie from 1950 also called Prehistoric Women. This has the alternative title of Slave Girls (the UK release title).One Million Years BC is much more fun and also has dinosaurs and real locations."
"Your presence has disturbed the spirit of the white rhinoce
Trevor Willsmer | London, England | 12/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"`Beware the lash of the savage goddess - ruler of a kingdom of women - where men are chained... tortured... and made slaves to desire!'
Hammer were infamous for coming up with a title, a tagline and a poster before they ever bothered with anything as mundane as a script, and never was this more apparent than with the truly bizarre quota quickie Prehistoric Women, which spliced their caveman pictures and recycled sets from One Million Years B.C. with the lost city/evil queen aspects of She to results so surreal even for the 60s at their most psychedelic that they almost defy synopsis. Alan Bates imitator Michael Latimer's big game hunter finds himself out of the frying pan and into the fire after a tribe of African natives in rhino masks try to sacrifice him because "Your presence has disturbed the spirit of the white rhinoceros!" when a bolt of lightning sends him back in time where Martine Beswick's evil white rhino worshipping Amazon queen and her tribe of `Dark Ones' (brunettes) enslaves all `Fair Ones' (blondes), who she forces to dance for her or sit on a statue of a rhino before being wed to the `Devils of Darkness,' and imprisons all men in a cavern of chains with Sydney Bromley...
There's no lost city or dinosaurs, but all the other lost world staples are there, from `savage rituals' that look more like bad floor shows at naff clubs (there are almost enough dance routines for it to qualify as a musical) to the obligatory slave revolt and intervention of Mother Nature in a bad mood (well, it rains and there's the odd bit of thunder), though they've rarely seemed quite so insane as in this: you have to wonder what writer-director and Hammer heir apparent Michael Carreras was on when he concocted this one. Even Hammer knew they were on a loser with this one, cutting it by 17 minutes, retitling it Slave Girls and barely releasing it in the UK. The dialogue is as delirious as the plot ("What makes you so cruel?" "Cruelty has made me cruel!" or "He hates you. Why?" "The man he used to hate died last week. He needs someone new.") but credit where it's due to Michael Reed's vivid comic strip widescreen color cinematography. You won't believe what you see or hear, but you'll never quite be able to forget it... especially when the `real' white rhino makes its dramatic appearance on castors in the finale!"