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The People That Time Forgot (1977)

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: The People That Time Forgot (1977) Reply with quote



What's that coming over the hill is that a monster? Is that a monster?

The People That Time Forgot is directed by Kevin Connor and adapted to screenplay by Patrick Tilley from the novel of the same name written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. it stars Patrick Wayne, Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Thorley Walters, Shane Rimmer and Doug McClure. Music is scored by John Scott and cinematography by Alan Hume.

A sequel to The Land That Time Forgot, plot finds Wayne as Major Ben McBride who arranges a mission to go and search for his missing friend Bowen Tyler (McClure). As the party go beyond the Antartic wastes they find themselves in a world populated by prehistoric creatures and primitive tribes.

There are a group of film fans of a certain age that were exposed wilfully to the joys of Kevin Connor and Doug McClure Creature Features, the four pictures made with low budgets (see also The Land That Time Forgot 1975, At the Earth's Core 1976 & Warlords of Atlantis 1978) were simply put together with a standard structure of humans discovering an unknown land, who then encounter beasties and savage races and then try to escape said world of wonder. Back then in the 70s with youthful eyes these films were magnificent things, we didn't care about clunky animatronics and miniatures, staid dialogue and poorly constructed scenes of men grappling with a man in rubber make up. Nor did us boys pay any attention to the considerable heaving bosom factor, which is here supplied with a different kind of wonder by Dana Gillespie! But they are a group of films that once loved, is a love that lasts forever, yes, it's true love.

As it is, The People That Time Forgot is often thought of as the weakest of the four, yet it's every inch the equal of "Land", primarily because the cast attack the material with great spirit (Douglas is rather splendid and not just a posh girl with a pretty face), the film stock it's shot on is of better quality and John Scott's score is bursting with vitality. There's also a ripper of a finale here, with the pyrotechnics department creating merry hell. Explosives aplenty. While the Santa Cruz de la Palma location used for the world of Caprona is perfectly bereft of civilised leanings. As with the other's in the series, the ideas at the heart aren't fully realised because of the budget restrictions, so we basically get some talk between characters, then a fight with a beast, some more talk, another fight with a beast, a meeting with a uncivilised tribe, a fight with a beast, and on it goes until the derring-do escape. There will be peril and actually this one has a very noteworthy turn of events that might surprise a few of the uninitiated.

1977 of course was the year of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which changed things considerably in the creature feature stakes. Thus the Connor/McClure movies were relegated to being antique relics of monster malarkey. Yet still they retain a quaint uniqueness, they are able to continually imbue many of us with waves of nostalgia, taking us back to a time when the likes of Connor made fantasy films with love and basic tools. The Land That Time Forgot was badly adapted to film in 2009 (C. Thomas Howell directing and starring), which begs the question on why Burroughs' Caspak trilogy has not been taken on by a big studio? As yet the third part of the trilogy, Out of Time's Abyss, has not received a filmic adaptation, can you imagine what someone like Spileberg could do with Burroughs' wonderful source ideas?

Ah well, we can but dream, in the meantime we will happily make do with our antiquities. 7/10

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember watching this in the theater, too. I think what scared me that time involved dinosaurs snatching and eating humans. But this refers to the "Land" movie.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO... this sequel is missing the best part of "The Land That Time Forgot" - the WW2 Nazi submarine. I loved the old U-Boat sub entering the island, through the undersea passage... and emerging in the interior lake. Just like Nemo and his island.

I love old Nazi U-Boats. I bought a DVD of the 2009 (made for TV) movie "The Land That Time Forgot", just because it showed a CGI U-Boat, fully beached on a hidden island in the Bermuda Triangle.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being an armchair submariner myself, I know what you mean about the absence of the sub in the second movie. They're great vehicles go going on adventures.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yahoo news has an article about a U Boat of the coast of North Carolina
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This film does have a pterodactyl vs. biplane scene though, so that's nice!



Not as cool as Uboat.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time for a poster, i think:



And here's a person who is hard to forget, Dana Gillespie:



https://thetelltalemind.com/, where I got those two images, concludes its coverage with "The People that Time Forgot is a fun romp and is the perfect film to relax to on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Beautiful women, dinosaurs, cavemen, samurais and dangerous perils – what more could you ask for?" Good question! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too must plead guilty to an in-natural love of these movies! I know it's far from the quality of Harryhausen or Jurrasic Park....but it's a fond romp through a Burroughessian wonderland!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This sequel to The Land That Time Forgot (1975) has a slightly less serious tone and leans more towards fantasy, especially in the 2nd half, where the influence of Frank Frazetta art is evident, and it anticipates all those sword & sorcery movies which began with Conan the Barbarian (1982).

Patrick Wayne sort of emulates his dad, John, as an old-fashioned man of adventure. Sarah Douglas (the villain in Superman II) is good as a prim, no-nonsense photographer. Thorley Walters & Shane Rimmer are amusing, and Dana Gillespie held my attention very well as the cavegirl they encounter; I'm surprised she didn't have a more prolific career. Doug McClure shows up in the last half-hour, reprising his role with gray beard, and is billed as guest star.

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The rescue group journeys to this lost land because someone did find that message in a bottle which McClure's character threw into the ocean (see previous film).

This time, they airplane in, but get damaged by one of those pesky pterodactyls. Rimmer's character stays with the airplane while the rest journey on. They have encounters with various prehistoric beasts (not quite as good as the first film) and cavemen, which gets a little tiresome.

Their ultimate destination is one of those little kingdoms run by guys who like to pattern their architecture on skulls. The hostiles there show an oriental influence to their attire. The muscular executioner character is none other than Dave Prowse, who donned the Darth Vader costume in Star Wars about the same time.

Finally, can someone explain to me why there is a volcanic upheaval near the end every time one of these groups visit these lost lands? It's like the volcano gods just wait to show off to such visitors.

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