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The movie seemed to be set in the late '60s. Colour film. I remember the cave explorers open up a part of a cave that was sealed and the person (or creature?) trapped in there kills them, then escapes into the city and starts stalking people.

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  • Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year did you watch this, and did you watch it on TV or online? If on TV, then in which country and language? Nov 19 at 4:50
  • Similar to this for the stalking...but he's just a caveman en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eegah Nov 19 at 6:32
  • A bit like "The Tomb" (1986), youtube Nov 19 at 9:35
  • Might the film be "The Keep" from the early 1980s? The film takes place in a castle rather than a cavern, but involves the release of a trapped monster.google.com/… Nov 19 at 14:17
  • yes much like the keep which definitely has this plot with a ww2 subplot.
    – releseabe
    Nov 19 at 14:40

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Some of these aspects match Trog, a film from 1970 (fitting with the timeframe of the question), notable for being the last film role of Joan Crawford.

The film indeed begins with three cave explorers. They find an entrance to a previously unknown cave system, and while they are exploring it they are attacked by creature that seems to be half-man half beast. One of the explorers is killed, one is so traumatised that he can barely speak afterwards, but the third member of the party never actually encounters the beast.

The two remaining members of the party return to the surface and alert Dr Brockton, a local anthropologist (played by Crawford) who runs a nearby research institute. She captures the creature and names him Trog (short for "troglodyte"), and declares him to be the "missing link" between apes and humans. Towards the end of the film Trog escapes, but rather than a city he terrorises the local village, killing a greengrocer, a butcher and a passing motorist, and then kidnapping a young girl. Brockton manages to rescue the girl, and Trog is hunted down and killed by the army.

The make-up was quite primitive, but I would not really describe Trog as looking "burned". The actor played the role with a prosthetic ape muzzle and a chest wig, and little else.

Trog emerges from his cave, while being filmed by local news

Dr Brockton and Trog

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  • Joan Crawford used to be tops in Hollywood, an elegantly-dressed romantic female lead and she ends up playing a frigging caveman. Very sad -- but as they say, That's show biz. Again, sad. But I think one of her fellow actresses said, There are no small roles, only small actors and she gave this final movie her all. I guess she must have worked with a trainer a lot to achieve this look -- unrecognizable except for her famous hair and fashion sense.
    – releseabe
    Nov 23 at 8:08
  • @releseabe Well, she plays a scientist, rather than the caveman. And she did a pretty decent job. Nov 23 at 8:11
  • Are you sure? Kirk Douglas mentions her in his autobio (The Ragman's Son)) -- I will have to reread the book to see if he discusses this. A lot o)f actresses of her stature (and she was very wealthy at this point, having married the head of Coca Cola, iirc) would have simply retired rather than work in such a demeaning role, but Hollywood gets in your blood, or so I read.
    – releseabe
    Nov 23 at 8:19
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    @releseabe IMDB gives Trog's actor as Joe Cornelius. I've added another screenshot - see if you can tell Joan from Trog. Nov 23 at 8:33
  • One notes that both actors have the same initials. I am sure she insisted on the credits obscuring things -- I sure would. Having the same actor apparently interacting with themselves in a scene is a fairly old special effect, easy to do.
    – releseabe
    Nov 23 at 8:37

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