Here's a list of films that draw on bioanthro for inspiration. They make interesting viewing when you think about what philosophies and world views are being promoted by reference to "our biology" -- apes and cavemen (& women!) symbolizing animal menace and/or primeval innocence, and various cultural conventions being reinforced by placing them in an "origins context". E. G.: those marked with a "#", show a conspicuous association between

[good/progress] = blonde hair and [evil/primitive] = dark hair

(but "One Woman or Two" takes a wonderful poke at this racist western stereotype!). For some I've indicated stars etc. Note: I haven't seen all of them; some I have seen are AMAZINGLY bad ("Eegah" was rated one of the 3 worst films ever made in one review, and I suspect it may be...). Those marked with '*' are ones I have not been able to find; if anyone has a video copy you could loan me, much appreciated!

Also: if you'd like to either recommend additions OR to submit a brief review of any of these (which I'll put onto the page [reserving right to edit]), please email me at

Feature Films:

*Ape Man [Bela Lugossi]Encino ManProject X
*Man's Genesis [early D. W. Griffiths]*Teenage Caveman*The Naked Ape
Altered States Animal Behavior Bedtime for Bonzo [Ronald Reagan]
Big Business Cannibal Cave girl#
Caveman [Ringo Starr] Clan of the Cave Bear [Daryl Hannah]# Creatures the World Forgot#
Dinosaurus Eegah Firstborn
Gorillas in the Mist [Sigourney Weaver] Iceman Inherit the Wind
Link Missing Link Monkeyshines: Experiment in Terror
Night of the Bloody Apes One Million Years BC# One Million Years BC [Raquel Welch remake]
One Woman or Two [Sigourney Weaver] Planet of the Apes [& sequels] Prehistoric Women
Quest for Fire Shakma Skullduggery [Burt Reynolds]
The Emerald Forest The Fifth Monkey [Ben Kingsley] The Flintstones
The Gods Must be Crazy [I & II] The Hairy Ape The Lost World [1925, 1960; Conan Doyle]
The Neanderthal Man The Outer Limits: The Sixth Finger Trog [Joan Crawford]
Women of the Prehistoric Planet Yor - Hunter from the Future#

TV series:

*Korg Land of the Lost The Flintstones

As stated by Jon Marks:

"Each of these films communicates to the audience subtle answers to questions about our place in nature, how we see the world, where we've come from, where we're going, how we're getting there, and how we can learn about it. [Think about the following if/when you watch the movies.]

For example: What does the movie suggest to you about:

What does it mean to be human? Is human evolution a rise from innocence, a fall from grace, or something else?

What is the difference between a human and an animal?

What is the natural state of humans in regard to the basics of our existence, such as diet, sex, status, decoration, etc.?

What is the place of humans in the natural world? How is it changing?

What are the fundamentals of human social interactions, between members of the same sex, opposite sexes, and other groups?

What is science? What does it mean to be scientific? What kind of relationship is there between the "scientific" view of things and any other view of things? Which is better? If it matters, why?

How do the evolutionary processes work? Can we know our future? Can we even know our past?"

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