The Lost Continent


1h 29m 1968
The Lost Continent

Brief Synopsis

When a tramp steamer is attacked by a mass of living seaweed, the occupants are forced to take refuge on a strange island.

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Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Horror
Fantasy
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jun 1968
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Seven Arts Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Uncharted Seas by Dennis Wheatley (London, 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.78 : 1

Synopsis

Captain Lansen is sailing his old freighter from Africa to South America with a cargo of illegal explosives and a handful of motley passengers. The travelers include Dr. Webster, charged with criminal malpractice; his nymphomaniacal daughter, Unity; Eva, the ex-mistress of a recently deposed Latin American dictator; Ricaldi, an agent sent to recover money stolen by Eva; and Harry Tyler, an alcoholic piano player. When Lansen ignores his first officer's hurricane warning, his crew mutinies and abandons ship. Lansen and the passengers are also forced to take to a lifeboat, and they drift aimlessly for days. After Webster is killed by a shark and Ricaldi is carried off by an enormous octopus, the survivors come upon their ship, still in good shape though its propellers have become entangled in a morass of carnivorous seaweed. The passengers reboard the vessel and float off into another continent, where the survivors of previous wrecks have evolved a method of moving about on the deadly weed by means of gas-filled balloons. Ruling over these strange inhabitants in the manner of an evil inquisitor is El Diablo, a boy king of Spanish descent. With the aid of a friendly resident, the passengers escape death by burning the seaweed; then, having destroyed their enemies, they return to civilization.

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The Lost Continent - Movie Poster
The Lost Continent - Movie Poster

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Horror
Fantasy
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jun 1968
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Seven Arts Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Uncharted Seas by Dennis Wheatley (London, 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.78 : 1

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The Lost Continent


An adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's 1938 novel Uncharted Seas - with unattributed borrowings from William Hope Hodgson's The Boats of the Glen Carrig - The Lost Continent (1968) represented something completely different for Hammer Film Productions. Though the British horror house had dipped a toe into lost world waters with its 1965 take on the H. Rider Haggard classic She and 1967's Slave Girls (US: Prehistoric Women, 1967), The Lost Continent was a quantum leap to left field for a company whose stock-in-trade had been to that point stately Gothic shockers in Victorian dress. Written and directed by Michael Carreras (son of company president James Carreras), The Lost World throttles up the sum of all absurdities as a Ship of Fools (1965)-style steamer sails into a fetid Sargasso choked with derelict vessels and strangling seaweed, a strange new world inhabited by crustacean behemoths, grabby tentacled sea beasts, and a legion of inbred conquistadors led by a capricious boy king. A pulpy bouillabaisse worthy of Japan's Toho Company, The Lost Continent boasts a disarmingly seasoned cast, led by Eric Porter (star of the starchy BBC soap The Forsyte Saga), German actress-singer Hildegard Knef, Shakespearean actor Tony Beckley (later the child killer of the 1980 slasher When a Stranger Calls) and Ben Carruthers, hell and gone from his film debut in John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959).

By Richard Harland Smith
The Lost Continent

The Lost Continent

An adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's 1938 novel Uncharted Seas - with unattributed borrowings from William Hope Hodgson's The Boats of the Glen Carrig - The Lost Continent (1968) represented something completely different for Hammer Film Productions. Though the British horror house had dipped a toe into lost world waters with its 1965 take on the H. Rider Haggard classic She and 1967's Slave Girls (US: Prehistoric Women, 1967), The Lost Continent was a quantum leap to left field for a company whose stock-in-trade had been to that point stately Gothic shockers in Victorian dress. Written and directed by Michael Carreras (son of company president James Carreras), The Lost World throttles up the sum of all absurdities as a Ship of Fools (1965)-style steamer sails into a fetid Sargasso choked with derelict vessels and strangling seaweed, a strange new world inhabited by crustacean behemoths, grabby tentacled sea beasts, and a legion of inbred conquistadors led by a capricious boy king. A pulpy bouillabaisse worthy of Japan's Toho Company, The Lost Continent boasts a disarmingly seasoned cast, led by Eric Porter (star of the starchy BBC soap The Forsyte Saga), German actress-singer Hildegard Knef, Shakespearean actor Tony Beckley (later the child killer of the 1980 slasher When a Stranger Calls) and Ben Carruthers, hell and gone from his film debut in John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959). By Richard Harland Smith

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Trivia

In the first interior boat scene, the Doctor is reading "Uncharted Seas" by Dennis Wheatley, the book on which the film is based.

Notes

Copyright length: 101 min. Opened in London in July 1968; running time: 98 min. Norman was replaced as director by Carreras.