Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Lost Continent (1968)

Directors: Michael Carreras, Leslie Norman

Writers: Michael Carreras, Dennis Wheatley

Composer: Gerard Schurmann

Starring: Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Tony Beckley, Nigel Stock, Neil McCallum, Ben Carruthers, Jimmy Hanley, Michael Ripper

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A living hell that time forgot!

Plot: This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues, take Captain Eric Portman's leaky cargo ship to escape their troubles. When a violent storm strikes, the ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea and our heroes find themselves trapped on an island of man-eating seaweed, populated by giant monster crabs and some Spanish conquistadors who think the Inquisition is still on. Features songs and music by '60s "cool group", the Peddlers.

My rating: 4.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Consider this.  It's 63 minutes into this 96 minute picture that you get to see the titular location.  Then it's about 15 minutes from the end that you any decent fantasy/adventure action.  It's too late by then.  The rest of the picture is mostly drama and lots of bickering between characters with nasty dispositions.  The plot description and trailer make this sound a lot more fun than it is.  Quite simply, I was bored for much of the film.  The pisser is, I normally like these kinds of pictures.  Aside from a near constant state of blah, it's a dark film.  I don't think the sun ever shines once.  That hurts.  I needs me some vitamin D even on the moving picture box I play the DVDs on.

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