Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The People That Time Forgot (1977)

Director: Kevin Connor

Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Patrick Tilley

Composer: John Scott

Starring: Patrick Wayne, Dough McClure, Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Thorley Walters, Shane Rimmer, Tony Britton, John Hallam, David Prowse

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The 7th continent - A lost world shut off by a wall of ice, roamed by beasts unknown to science, ruled by men lost to history, doomed to vanish in a chaos of leaping flames!

Plot: In 1919, a British expedition in the Antarctica region is searching for a lost American explorer and finds a hidden prehistoric world instead.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I'm not buyin' this at all.  How the hell could time forget people like this?

It certainly wasn't called the THE CLEAVAGE THAT TIME FORGOT, that's for sure.  Almost a year ago today I watched THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1975).  That was an OK picture.  I figured this one would be along the same lines of quality and it is.  It's more of the same with great looking exteriors, adequate acting and cheesy dinosaur effects.  They would've done themselves better had they stop motion dinosaurs instead of people in dino suits.  The action starts within minutes as our heroes fly to the land the time forgot and get attacked by a pterodactyl.  Then it's a hop, skip and a 30 minute jump to get to the evil skull lair where they find Bowen (McClure) who's been there since the last picture.  Fight some bad guys and escape before the island volcano destroys everything.  It's a very simple story but they managed to make a reasonably entertaining kiddie flick.  John Scott's theme is great.  It would've been nice to see what he could've done with it if they'd given him more money to hire a larger orchestra.  Patrick Wayne (John's son) does well in the lead and he'd go on to play a much bigger fantasy role that same year in SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER.  At least that film had the budget it deserved.  I guess you could say that about this one, too.  Like LAND, the MGM print of this is anamorphic widescreen (looking goo, too) and the sole extra is the theatrical trailer (also anamorphic wide).

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