Prolific independent filmmaker Brett Kelly’s latest production — hot on the heels of his 1950s remake Attack of the Giant Leeches — has entered the lost world of slapstick comedy. Kaiju Search-Robot Avery reports!
Now this one’s gonna be a blast! It’s a new dino comedy in the same vain as, say, Queen Kong, The Mighty Gorga and Abbott and Costello in Africa Screams!, or Caveman and such [for all these see Addendum below]. Boy, we haven’t seen a slapstick buddy dino comedy as such for a long time. From Brett Kelly the director of the redux of Attack of the Giant Leeches, and other cool flicks such as The Scarab, Iron Soldier, the Bonesetter series, Prey for the Beast and Pirates Quest for Snake Island, and co-writer Trevor Payer comes She-Rex. It’s kind of a ’40s style Ritz Bros comedy [see Addendum 5] with dinosaurs — something Bud Abbott and Lou Costello might have done if Willis O’Brien had got drunk with them one night after the premiere of Mighty Joe Young. It stars Shawna McSheffrey, Ray Besharah, Brett Kelly himself, and others.
Director/star Kelly has supplied us with a bunch of production shots — full of pith helmets, baggy shorts, cavemen and women in furry knickers, open-mouthed double-takes, bad moustaches, and of course dinosaur hand-puppets.
- Source: Brett Kelly via Avery
Addendum 1: The “King Kong” scene from Africa Screams (US-1949; dir. Charles Barton):
Addendum 2: some stop-motion dino action from Caveman (US-1981; dir. Carl Gottlieb), starring Ringo Starr and Dennis Quaid:
Addendum 3: The Mighty Gorga (US-1969):
Addendum 4: Queen Kong (UK/France/West Germany/Italy-1976; dir. Frank Agrama):
Addendum 5: The Ritz Brothers in The Gorilla (1939):