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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Trog is put under hypnosis and 'remembers' a scene of dinosaurs fighting. The film literally stops so we can watch the whole fight - which serves as Padding and nothing else.
  • Ham and Cheese: Michael Gough is clearly doing so in such a ridiculous film.
  • Narm:
    • Dr Brockton talks about how after many years Trog then "developed a brain" - implying he lived for ages simply without having one.
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    • The way she snaps "Trog!" at him in the cave is like a mother disciplining a naughty child.
    • Cliff's terror at what he's seen in the cave is incredibly hammy.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • For such a campy film, the scene where Trog hangs a butcher on his own meat hook is horrifying.
    • There's also the poor little girl that gets kidnapped and dragged back into the cave.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The plot of the film is about a caveman in an ape suit apparently being the missing link between men and primates - and any seriousness that can be gotten out of it is slim to none. Narm all around, a ridiculous costume and actors who aren't even trying to take it seriously (except for the lead, see below) - but it can be enjoyed as an unintentional comedy.
  • Tear Jerker: The final scene. Dr Brockton has seen all her work come crashing down around her and she turns away from the reporters to walk off and contemplate Was It Really Worth It?. What's more is that Joan Crawford said that was the final day of filming, and she knew in her heart Trog would be her last film:
    "The last shot of that film was a one-take and it was a very emotional moment for me. When I was walking up that hill towards the sunset I was flooded with memories of the last 50 years, and when the director yelled cut I just kept on walking. That for me was the perfect way to end my film career; however, the audiences who had to sit through that picture may feel differently."
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  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Eye witnesses recall Joan Crawford promoting the film as exploring humanity's attitude towards nature (though she later disowned it). Still the very last scene, where Dr Brockton turns down a reporter's microphone, is played with a sincerity that almost feels like it belongs in a different movie.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Casting Joan Crawford as an anthropologist was a subject of much mockery.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Trog is wearing a ratty ape suit that doesn't look remotely convincing, and is bad even by 60s B-movie standards.


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