The Land that Time Forgot / The People that Time Forgot (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
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The Land That Time Forgot (1975): The story begins in June of 1916. World War I is raging on land as well as in the water. A German submarine controlled by Captain Von Schoenvorts (John McEnery) spots a British warship and torpedos it. Two of the survivors are Bowen Tyler (Doug McClure) and Lisa Clayton (Susan Penhaligon), civilians. Pretty soon they discover that some of the British officers survived as well, including Captain Bradley (Keith Barron). The survivors watch the submarine come out of the water and devise a plan to hijack it. They row the lifeboats over to the sub and successfully take the German crew hostage. Tyler commands the crew to sail due West to the United States. After 6 days, no land turns up. Tyler discovers that the Germans placed a magnet next to the compass, and that they had really been traveling south for 6 days. This means they are actually near South America. They find an island surrounded on all sides by ice and rock. The only way in is through an underwater cave. Captain Von Schoenvorts believes this to be a legendary island known as "Caprona". The two crews realize that on this island, the war means nothing. They decide to put their differences aside, cooperate with each other, and explore the island. Once inside the island, the crews realize that Caprona is a lost world of dinosaurs and cavemen. The biggest question is, "Will they get out alive?"
The People That Time Forgot (1977): Tyler's message in a bottle is found off of the coast of Scotland at the end of 1917. A year later, an expedition is formed to find Tyler and the island of Caprona. The expedition includes Tyler's boyhood friend Maj. Ben McBride (Patrick Wayne), Lady Charlotte Cunningham (Sarah Douglas), Dr. Edwin Norfolk (Thorley Walters), and pilot Hogan (Shane Rimmer).Read more ›
Patrick Wayne and Sarah Douglas star in the second film. It has the feel of the second Planet of the Apes where they come to find what happened to Chuck-baby. This time Wayne and Douglas are flying into the island to see if they can find McClure and Penhaligon. There is more monster chompings, a sexy gal in a One Million Years B.C. costume that says she knows McClure and can lead them to him. It's a race of time to keep away from the bad guys and find McClure before the whole bloody isle goes BOOM!
So pop the popcorn, turn out the lights and pretend you are at a Drive-In. They play better!
This is a great way to spend watching a dvd on a rainny afternoon.
The first thing that struck me was the quality of the set used to emulate a First World War submarine in The Land That Time Forgot. We are used to seeing WWII subs and if such a set had been used it would have gone unnoticed, at least by me. But the producers cared enough to make the vintage appear correct. And the cinematography captured the confined feel of the place too, much more so than in what I would have expected - a quickly set up, over-lit set.
Same with the dialog and the character development. Again, not what I expected. Better by far!
The story itself however fit the bill perfectly, Classic Edgar Rice Burroughs! Delightful!
Any shortcomings? Well yes. The stop animation was, while not terrible, certainly not up to the standards of Ray Harryhousen or Willis O'Brien. But then again, whose is?
Bottom line: If you too have memories of Sunday afternoons spent in the movie house watching young people's thrillers these will remind you of exactly why. Not high brow. Not ostentatious. Just good, simple, cinematic fun!
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Perfect walk down memory lane with these older cheesy movies. Just like Friday night TV before all the cable dominated TV. Special effects are laughable, plot is OK. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Corporate Slave
The Land that time Forgot is a great movie. The storyline the character are great! The special effects are from 40 years ago so that you will have to love or hate! Read morePublished 5 months ago by love2read
These are both movie ports from books. Anyone can complain about accuracy, but why not just enjoy. I did. Good action, acting and ok special effects for the time.Published 11 months ago by William Jergensen
These are a pair of fun seventies movies, based on the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man who created Tarzan. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rich M.
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