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The Land Unknown (1957)

The Land Unknown


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Release Date: Aug 1, 1957 Wide


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Movie Info

Virgil W. Vogel's fantasy details a Navy patrol on an Antarctic expedition which stumbles onto a bizarre subterranean colony of prehistoric creatures.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Charles Palmer , William N. Robson , László Görög
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 1994
Universal Pictures


as Cmdr. Harold Roberts

as Lt. Jack Carmen

as Margareth Hathaway

as Steve Miller

as Capt. Burnham

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Critic Reviews for The Land Unknown

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Despite its obvious flaws, it was mildly effective in its imaginative and realistic treatment of a pre-historic lost valley.

Full Review… | February 10, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Land Unknown


Directed by Virgil W. Vogel and staring Jock Mahoney, Shirley Patterson and William Reynolds

Eirin Rating-Not Rated

The Land Unknown is one of those rare and very unknown dinosaur films that I just happened to love unlike Meany. Despite the flaws and how we later copied It to make The Last Dinosaur. But still yet again another 50s dino flick using men in dinosaur suits god why do they copy us. And remake our movies.

Navy Commander Hal Roberts is assigned to lead an expedition to Little America in Antarctica to investigate reports of a mysterious warm water inland lake discovered a decade earlier. His helicopter and its small party, including beautiful reporter Maggie Hathaway, is forced down into a volcanic crater by a fierce storm. They find themselves trapped in a lush tropical environment that has survived from the Mesozoic Era. Fighting carnivorous plants, dinosaurs, and a limited time window, they struggle to survive and repair the helicopter, their only means of escape. They are both helped and hindered by Dr. Carl Hunter, a megalomaniac survivor of an earlier expedition, who has learned to adapt to the hostile environment.

Looks expensive but its not rather very well done low budget stuff.

70% for story it's still interesting and good.

70% for acting not very strong but it pulls right throw.

70% for special effects there not fantastic and they don't use stop motion animation but they do get it right with our inventions.

60% for characters there bad but we get to know the heroes and villains.

80% for everything else. It has got some very well done sets.

Any dinosaur film liker like myself would like it.

Keiko's score. 72-100

Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer


If we find one more unknown island with dinosaurs on it, I'm going to scream! Not one of these kinds of movies is any good.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

One of those campy little low-budget gems I keep tucked away in a dusty corner of my DVD collection. If I started a list of films with really crappy looking dinosaurs this would be #1.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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