Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon
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That said, there are a couple scenes that I enjoyed. One is watching Michael Shank's archeologist character ride up to the rescue on a mule carrying an umbrella like a parasol. I couldn't help wondering if it was a nod to Elizabeth Peter's intrepid character of Amelia Peabody, Egyptian archeologist. I also give the writers credit for surprising me at the end with a moment I didn't see coming, which made me laugh in delight.
It's a shame the dialogue was so bad. This really could have been an interesting story if handled better. Dr. Thane (played by Shanks) is not your usual hero and has the makings of a really fun and intriguing character. Unfortunately, one actor, no matter how good, cannot rescue a truly bad movie.Read more ›
I like this type of movie and had high hopes for a couple hours of entertainment. I thought Shannen and Michael deserved a better dialogue and special effects. I don't expect a lot from movies, only to be entertained. The acting was decent, given the movie's other limitations. I thought that Michael and Shannen had some chemistry on-screen. That said, the movie was mildly entertaining. I do recommend it for fans of the genre like myself, but only if you have nothing better to watch.
With the SyFy channel you never know what you’re gonna get. Their movies can be surprisingly good or even great (like “Sasquatch Mountain” and “The Lost Future”), mediocre (like “Carny” and “Frankenfish”) or bottom-of-the-barrel bad (like “Curse of the Snow Demon” and “Bigfoot”). Some people place “Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon” in the last category because of the cheap-looking filmmaking, but if you can overlook this it has several attributes. For one, it was shot in desert regions east of the Cascades in British Columbia (substituting for the Grand Canyon, of course). Say what you want, but quality locations cost money. Secondly, the movie contains high adventure a la survival-in-the-desert, Indiana Jones-like shenanigans and a flying monster. Speaking of which, the CGI creature looks pretty malevolent despite its cartooniness. Then you have a decent cast, a few horrifically gory scenes, potent subtexts and an almost-moving & impressive ending (notice I said "almost"). These positives may not make the movie good, but they redeem it from the “bad” category IMHO, even though the filmmaking is palpably dubious at times.
The movie runs 88 minutes and was shot in Cache Creek & Kamloops, British Columbia.
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YES, it WAS cheesy but hey you get to see Micheal Shanks! And yet again he is a bumbling archaeologist! He has this REALLY corny accent that sounds just udderly fake! Shannon D. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K.T.
Great film. though I do admit to cheering as one by one, several of the characters were bumped off and this lessened the dreary lines they were spouting. Unusual ending.Published 15 months ago by David L
What a terrible movie, but hey, that's pretty much why I bought it. If you like sci-fi, archaeology, and Michael Shanks, then this is the movie for you! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kate
What a great adventure and Michael Shanks, too. Wonderful escapism! I wish there were more fun flics like this. MPublished on June 27, 2013 by M
But it's still a fun cult movie. Good to watch when you want something mindless and without gore. Much like Giant From the Unknown, it's an older movie, made without the buckets... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Gail E aka the Stitch 'n Frog
LOVED THE ACTION PART WHEN THE MONSTER SHOWED UP. ALSO HAS A GOOD STORY TO IT. IT WILL KEEP YOU WONDERING WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. IF YOU LIKE A GOOD STORY. AS WELL AS HISTORY DIGS. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by putder53
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