Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

Director: Kevin Connor

Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs, James Cawthorn, Michael Moorcock

Composer: Douglas Gamley

Starring: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron, Anthony Ainley, Godfrey James, Bobby Parr, Declan Mulholland, Colin Farell, Ben Howard, Roy Holder, Andrew McCulloch, Ron Pember

More info: IMDb


Plot: During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I guess I like the idea of these kinds of movies more than the films themselves.  I'm talking about the spate of dinosaur flicks from the 70s.  THE LAST DINOSAUR (1977) is my favorite.  It's just fun as hell and that includes the cornball special effects.  This picture has bad dino effects, too, but it's also a bland-ish film.  It's not a bad film in that it is enjoyable but it lacks something I can't quite place.  It'd be great to be 6 again and see this in the theater.  That's probably the best way to enjoy this.  The acting is fine for what it is and it's a good looking picture but when you consider it takes half the film to get to the titular place it's already started to overstay its welcome.  The first half is submarine drama.  It's not bad sub drama but it's not exactly getting anyone excited and by the time you get to dino land, a lot of the wind has been taken out of the film.  There's no need to see it again but I am keen to see the sequel, THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977). The MGM Midnite Movies set has both films.  I haven't seen the sequel yet but this film is presented in a great looking anamorphic widescreen print with the sole extra being the anamorphic widescreen trailer.

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