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½ September 13, 2017
Only the King of Turgid Spectacle - Irwin Allen - could reduce the potentially gripping tale of an expedition to the Amazon to discover a plateau inhabited by dinosaurs to a mush of nothingness. Even the great Claude Rains is miserably confined to barking his lines from beneath a ginger wig. Fernando Lamas plays a lot of guitar, Jill St John screams in pink booties, and the wooden Michael Rennie fulfils his contract. Awful waste of money, deservedly forgotten.
June 22, 2017
Being a big fan of the original silent version I had high hopes of this version being made in color with somewhat advanced special effects. I couldn't have been more wrong.

This film fell plague to bad acting, terrible direction & very poor visual effects. Due to its constructed feel it was very hard to connect with anything since little of the film felt organic.

Has a few fun scenes but the film is very poor...I highly recommend the 1925 silent version which was the first film ever shown on a plane.
½ May 25, 2017
Best viewed with a bucket of popcorn and for the cast (Claude Rains, Michael Rennie, Richard Haydn and Fernando Lamas). Monitor lizards and baby crocs (or caiman perhaps?) with glued on prosthetics always look silly today.
November 22, 2016
Typical Irwin Allen shlock.
½ July 30, 2016
It's like the first one but SHIT.
February 19, 2016
Irwin Allen was never that subtle as a director and his solution to making a dinosaur movie is typical. All he does is stick rubber horns onto a couple of lizards and get them to fight on miniature sets while Jill St. John is chromakeyed into the background behind a polystyrene rock. It really is a very sorry affair. The updating of Conan Doyle's classic story to set it in the late 1950's really does the story no favours at all. Claude Raines dons a preposterous wig and beard and hams things up dreadfully as Professor Challenger while Michael Rennie and David Hedison try to out machismo each other. Jill St. John set woman's lib back to the stone age with her hysterical screaming although she manages an impressively symmetrical bustline, even when being chased by an overgrown goanna. Neither exciting nor terribly interesting, this is a very shoddy adaptation of a much loved fantasy novel which seems woefully dated and distinctly cheesy.
April 9, 2015
is this the movie where they glued bits on to real lizards?
February 23, 2015
I fairly routine adaptation of Doyle's work from Irwin Allen, quaint by todays standards, particularly the 'dinosaurs' that are either iguana's or crocodiles/alligators with fins etc... stuck across theirs backs. Sadly forgettable within minutes of the films conclusion.
February 2, 2014
directed by diaster aueter irwin allen and remake of 1925 silent version
January 4, 2014
Brassy, overblown Irwin Allen version of a classic tale--Dino Cheese!!
January 3, 2014
Jill St. John and Claude Rains are on an expedition into the title lost world to find dinosaurs, which happen to be played by lizards with horns and spikes attached and being placed on miniature sets. Reasonably fun on an adolescent boy sort of level.
November 1, 2013
Classic sci-fi, but fairly generic for it's time. Slurpasaurs, oh boy. At least it's not stock footage. The characters are bland, and there isn't a ton of dinosaur action. The story is timeless, but the execution is a bit slow, and it never seems to reach a climax. A decent adventure, but not the most impressive adaption.
Super Reviewer
July 20, 2013
Classic Arthur Conan Doyle tale that has had a few incarnations over time. Its your standard adventure formula which has been used time and time again largely by Amicus films starring Doug McClure. Along with Edgar Rice Burroughs these two chaps pretty much started a fantasy boom that has influenced damn near everything ever since!.

The plot, again, is your standard fare. A group of adventurers travel to a far off land (Venezuela, which is mentioned) and to a mysterious flat mountain. Once there they do indeed discover dinosaurs are alive and well alongside human tribes all of which time has forgotten it seems. Of course they get trapped on the mountain and end up getting caught by the cannibal tribe. But they manage to escape both the tribe and the mountain during a predictable volcanic eruption.

The only main difference with this tale is the group of adventurers don't get lost at sea, or underground, or in the air etc...and end up in a lost world. This lost world is merely deep within the jungles of South America, oh and they didn't get lost in those jungles, they knew where it was.

Doh! I forgot to mention the stereotypical scantily clad native tribeswoman with long flowing dark hair and plenty of eye makeup. You always come across scantily clad native females in these lost worlds, really must go to one for my next holiday.

The film itself is a very poor looking cheap affair to be honest, nothing really looks any good here. The jungles and cave interiors are all terrible looking and clearly fake, whilst the dinosaurs are real cold blooded creatures like lizards and small alligators with tacky fins/scales glued on (visibly so).

The usage of real live creatures for the dinosaurs unavoidably means nasty looking superimposed/bluescreen sequences with actors in front of them. This procedure never looks great frankly but here it looks really poor, doesn't look as though they even tried to make it look reasonable. Of course when these reptiles battled each other it doesn't help that their fake fins/plates/frills are wobbling all over the place. The less said about the giant spider sequence the better methinks, oh the horror!.

The film has been changed from the original novel of course, as expected, and does suffer. The human cannibal tribe shown in this film do nothing! (and there's only one tribe). They merely capture the group and stick them in a huge cave which allows them all to escape easily 'oh look there's a path, maybe that's the exit?'. So as the goodies escape the natives simply while away their on screen time with dancing to a drum. When they get bored they check their prisoners, oops they've gone, should have cut back on your drum beating mate.

And yep you've guessed it, the whole film/adventure ends on the horribly over used complete destruction of everything note. Yep the big ass volcano goes off just as the goodies and escaping, I half expected Doug McClure to rescue them at one point. These 18th/19th Century writers loved to end their adventures with a volcano or earthquake didn't they.

This really does look like the poor mans adventure flick even for 1960, compare it to 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' and you see my point. Even the likes of Claude Rains with his grumpy gruff 'Professor Challenger' can't really save it. The cast is unique in the fact it includes Rains plus Bond girl Jill St John, Bond actor/TV star David Hedison and Lorenzo Lamas' father Fernando.

The ending could of set up a Godzilla style sequel with the baby T-Rex they save. Speaking of dinosaurs this film really could of done with a lot more of them. Even though they clearly looked like lizards with plastic stuck all over them they were fun to watch, better than the constant drum beating grunting cannibals.
April 6, 2013
Lifeless, boring and lame; not to mention the animal cruelty.
April 6, 2013
Lifeless, boring and lame; not to mention the animal cruelty.
½ May 13, 2012
not one of the better versions
½ March 31, 2012
Not as great as the original film adaptation, I'm sure. Sometimes pure cheesiness is hard to swallow.
October 10, 2011
September 3, 2011
The "dinosaurs" in this movie are ridiculous, even for 1960. Was that a baby crocodile attacking a Komodo Dragon because it sure seemed like it was.
½ July 1, 2011
This film hasn't aged gracefully! I had a great time watching it and it was a good laugh. Using real lizards and dressing them up as dinosaurs was not what I expected and it was fun to watch. Not sure about the animal welfare issues however when it came to fight scene between the monitor lizard and the Crocodile. How things have moved on since then. (30.6.11)
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