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The Lost Continent

Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh Eric Porter , Michael Carreras  |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh Eric Porter
  • Directors: Michael Carreras
  • Writers: Dennis Wheatley Michael Carreras
  • Producers: Michael Carreras
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MBTSP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The nightmare begins when Captain Lansen (Eric Porter) attempts to transport illegal explosives and a motley group of passengers on a rusty tramp steamer that becomes stranded in the vast floating swamp of the mysterious Sargasso Sea. Under cover of night, the terrified travelers encounter unspeakable monsters, man-eating seaweed, vicious mutant pirates, and stupendously endowed women. The Last Continent includes 8 minutes of footage which was cut by the film's original distributor because of it's adult nature. Using a 35mm IB Technicolor print foung buried in Hammer's vault, the film has been fully restored to it's original uncensored version.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Love Boat It Ain't! March 30, 2001
By Kimi
Often referred to as, *The Love Boat On Acid*, this film is definitely a trip! It would be just my luck to book passage on a ship like this....Passengers that are on the run from various illegal acts, a crew that would rather take it's chances in a lifeboat, a Captain that oozes sarcasm and a trip straight to a lost continent; complete with man-eating seaweed, mutated crustaceans and the Spanish Inquisition! This film is *B* entertainment, pure and simple. This is easily one of my favortie Hammer films, I love the look and feel of this film, the sea monsters, the wild array of passengers and the opening theme to this film will definitely have you singing along for days. If you've watched your way through Hammer's Frankenstein, Dracula and Mummy series of films, then why not sit back and enjoy this sci-fi/fantasy/horror film? I guarantee you, this will be a film you'll never forget and if you think I'm kidding, just listen to that opening theme....*You have discovered the Lost Con-tin-ent!*.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sargasso Sea Saga From Hammer! April 23, 2001
The first half of this movie is straight adventure-at-sea: the seedy captain of an old rust-bucket illegally carries a cargo of high explosives; his motley crew are a mutinous lot; the passengers are all on the run from the law or their sins; and incompetence causes the ship to almost founder in a typhoon. But instead of sinking it becomes lost in the Sargasso Sea, trapped by entangling seaweed.
The second half is pure fantasy, with sea monsters, carnivorous kelp, a lost civilization living on derelict ships, descendants of the Spanish Inquisition still practicing their medieval profession, and a rebellion brewing among the slaves. In short, a swashbuckling saga of the bizarre kind, done up in the usual Hammer style, making low-budget movies look lavish on the screen.
I saw this movie at the old Paulo Drive-In in 1968. The drive-in has been gone now for about 20 years but I still remember it and some parts of this movie quite well. I remember the green-eyed monster with its obscene maw, and the big-breasted girl Sarah (Dana Gillespie) walking on the kelp bed with two big balloons on a harness supporting the weight of her very own two big balloons! And, of course, I remember Hildegarde Knef, still very lovely at the age of 43 when this movie was made. And apparently she's still active in films today, at the grand old age of 75! And probably still lovely, too! But evidently Dana Gillespie and her big balloons retired from the industry in 1990, the year of her last movie role.
So I was glad to see this movie again, on DVD, to refresh my memory, and with extra "adult" footage that it didn't have when I first saw it. Don't buy this DVD thinking that you're going to see any "adult" scenes, though! You're not! There's no nudity at all here and the sex is suggested, not shown.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Seas Adventure.....Hammer Style! April 5, 2009
By Kimi
This was my first exposure to a Hammer film. I was 6 or 7 years old and I saw it on late-night TV. I was completely freaked out and mesmerized at the same time. What began as a group of travelers trying to escape various people or scandals, soon ends up as a struggle to survive a hurricane and then some of the strangest sea beasties and people you will ever see!

You get a little bit of everything with this film......lust, sexual favors/bribes, shark attacks, attacking seaweed, battling scorpions, crabs and a community of people descended from escapees of the Spanish Inquisition! Now, does that sound like fun or what?!

Granted, you aren't going to get an award-winning film, here, but you will definitely be entertained, if you're capable of sitting back and simply enjoying a film without the need for anything to make sense. I've heard this film described as, 'The Love Boat On Acid' and that isn't too far-fetched, but it certainly doesn't mean you can't have fun with this on. Give it a try!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
So I give up already. Where is the lost continent?

Is it somewhere hidden in the Sargasso Sea under all that man-eating seaweed? Does it have to do with that floating Spanish galleon where characters still dress as if they have been lost in time for centuries, ruled by a spoiled little child -- the El Supremo, as one character calls him?

That said, I have to admit that this little film from Hammer is one of my guilty pleasures. It is undeniably my favorite adventure from the vaults of Hammer, starring a cast that succeeds in making us forget the unreal monsters and the fact that the shark fin sailing through the water is less than believable. What makes this film work are the stalwart efforts of the aforementioned cast, headed by pock-faced Eric Porter as a convincing captain of a tramp freighter lost not near a lost continent but caught in seaweed and facing a crew of throwbacks to the pirate area. Also making the plot almost acceptable are Suzanna Leigh, who has a bone or two to pick with her father, Hildegard Knef, who still looks pretty good considering it has been a few years since she played opposite Gregory Peck in THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO, and Tony Beckley, who reforms from a useless drunk into a guilt-ridden hero. Also on hand is one of the greatest supporting actors ever to grace a Hammer production -- Michael Ripper.

Others worth mentioning are Benito Carruthers as the agent chasing after Hildegard Knef who made off with negotiable bonds from a dictator but who is not above accepting sexual favors from her as a bribe. Also a person not to be ignored in the film is Dana Gillespie, who plays two noteworthy roles in the film -- that is, if one counts her considerable frontal attributes as characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars we don't like it because it's well-crafted, we like because it is...
This movie is something else, almost everything about it is sub-par, yet somehow the whole thing together is just brilliant, the characters are crazy, the plot is something only an... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stacey Shoemaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Continent In Sight
Another peg in the impressively goofy Jenga tower of horror/monster flicks from the classic UK Hammer Films production line.

If you're a fan then no more need be said. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MadMacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribable and necessary
I loved this. A film that starts out Noir/Moody (tramp steamer carrying a dangerous cargo and passengers with a past, heading into a storm) and ends up trapped in the Sargasso Sea,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alan Zelaya
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic sci_fi flick
I saw this movie when I was a kid with the man eating plants. Looked for it for years. Finally here it is! If you love cheesy awesome sci-fi horror you'll love this movie! Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Vermeulen
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Continent not lost anymore
I have always enjoyed this movie since I first saw it in my youth. So glad to find it and purchase it--received the movie in a very timely manner. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Earl L. Pullen
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Hammer Cult Novelty
I hadn't seen it, but I'm glad I purchased it, mainly because I had been wanting to see it since I saw it on the shelf at a Wherehouse music back in 2001. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars For the "brain dead" or "terrible movie" fans out there.
I used to know a guy at the flea market. I bought into his "B-Movie" marketing for a while. I would buy B movies from him that were on vhs tape or the occasional dvd. Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer goes a little higher in budget on this one
Hammer fims tried to change a little in 1968 bring out the movie The Lost Continent a tale of a lost ship in the Land where all lost ships end up. Read more
Published on August 31, 2012 by RICHARD J. SPANBURGH
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for Hammer Films
I saw this once - ONCE - on tv one afternoon back in the 70s. Never forgot it. And it's just like remembered: WEIRD. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Thinkbolt
3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer's Weirdest Movie Ever.
If ever a movie deserved the accolade "you've got to see it to believe it" than this version of THE LOST CONTINENT (not to be confused with the 1951 B movie) is it. Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Chip Kaufmann
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