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Music composed by Richard Band

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THE PRIMEVALS belongs to a different time, a different place, an imagined world of monsters, myth and magic that has only ever existed within the confines of classic fantasy cinema. Even if its chief architect, David Allen, had lived and the film had been released in the 1990s, it would have still been out of synch with the zeitgeist. Seen today, it’s a truly singular experience, floating in a bubble outside and above anything else being made.

Fifty years ago, filmmaker David Allen registered the story for the film that would become ‘The Primevals’. His goal was to elevate the art of stop-motion animation into more serious, thoughtful storytelling. In the mid-1960s, the film had started as an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs, reminiscent of the fantasy films by Ray Harryhausen that had impressed David as a child. He died in 1999 and the task of completing the film fell to his visual effects colleague Chris Endicott.

While award winning and Emmy nominated composer Richard Band is primarily known to many as a composer for Horror and Genre films, he has often stepped well outside the horror genre and diversified his body of work demonstrating his ability to tackle any genre and style presented to him. ‘The Primevals’ represents a glorious hark back to the classic scores that fuelled so many of the Harryhausen films of the 1950s and 1960s. A delirious thrill-ride through the joys of monsters, ray-guns, spaceships and good old-fashioned stop motion animation.

1 The Gale and Mountain Shack / Battling the Yeti / Main Title

2 Dr. Collier's Announcement

3 Unveiling the Yeti

4 Matt and Dr. Collier

5 They Talk / The Expedition

6 Rondo Agrees to The Expedition

7 Meeting Cathleen / Kiku

8 Pushing On / Yeti Tracks

9 Awakened by a Yeti / Kiku

10 The Tower / Earthquake

11 The Cave / A New Land

12 Rafting Down the River

13 The Hominid Village

14 Matt Hears Villagers Screaming

15 The Hominid Confrontation

16 The Wrecked Village / Onwards

17 Entering the Caves

18 Huge Spaceship Discovery

19 The Spaceship / Inside the Spaceship

20 The Abduction

21 In the Cages

22 Taken to "The Arena"

23 The Lizard Arena Show

24 The Yeti is Released

25 Escaping the Cages / The Yeti Helps the Escape Part 1

26 The Yeti Helps the Escape Part 2 / Matt Has a Plan

27 Dr. Collier Dies & Finale

28 End Titles