Warlords of Atlantis (1978)

Warlords of Atlantis (1978)

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Also known as Seven Cities to Atlantis, this is a youth-oriented, British-produced adventure fantasy which uses rather ordinary special effects. In Victorian England, an explorer, Greg Collinson (Doug McClure), leads an unlikely expedition to discover the lost continent of Atlantis. Among the team are scientists Professor Aitken (Donald Boisset) and son Charles (Peter Gilmore). The crew members mutiny, setting their sights on the legendary treasures of Atlantis. The ship is attacked by sea monsters and a giant octopus. Sinking to the bottom of the sea, the explorers find that Atlantis is populated by intelligent beings from another planet who enslave shipwrecked sailors. The aliens' goal is to create a fascist state that will rule the world, and they want to recruit Charles to help them. Delphine (Lea Brodie), the daughter of one of the shipwrecked slaves, helps the heroes find a high priestess, Atsil (Cyd Charisse), who holds the key to their chances of escaping.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Doug McClure
as Greg Collinson
Daniel Massey
as Atraxon
Peter Gilmore
as Charles Aitken
Robert Brown
as Briggs
Shane Rimmer
as Capt. Daniels
Hal Galili
as Grogan
Donald Bisset
as Prof. Aitken
Derry Power
as Jacko
Lea Brodie
as Delphine
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Audience Reviews for Warlords of Atlantis

Thin in story, in fact, the movie starts to get dull as soon as the characters arrive in Atlantis. The characters are fun, and the plot is simple enough. The monsters and effects are the real joy in the movie though, I always enjoyed seeing those pop up.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

Holy battenberg Batman! how awesome is the title for this film?!. Now this could easily be a contender for the remake leagues surely, you could really have some fun with this. What we have here is pure classic Doug McClure, up to this point he's been to the land that time forgot, he's been deep into the Earth's core and he's discovered the people that time forgot. Now the British fantasy film favourite is going down to the depths of the ocean to Atlantis. Not only is the films title epic but so is the films poster too, its just a shame that the film is so average. The plot is pretty much you're standard garbage and follows almost along the same lines as 'At the Earth's Core'. In fact this film is virtually the same idea altogether accept this is set in Atlantis. A small group of men, a dandy, a scientist and some rough blue collar sailor types, all end up getting stranded somewhere under the ocean within Atlantis (some sort of underwater world in a massive cave system). Don't ask me how they got there but it all involves some deep sea diving exploration, a mutiny and a giant octopus, now that should get your attention. Of course along the way old Doug manages to nab himself a nice attractive female to rescue, have fisticuffs with the local Atlanteans, get thrown in prison, escape and lead a daring escape back to 'our world' above. Typical daring deeds of heroism from McClure. Love how the Atlantean guards all wear these sturdy looking helmets yet McClure and company still hit them in the 'face' with ease. The best thing about this fluff is easily the large monsters, most appear to be men in rubber suits much like Godzilla but are darker in tone. The bluescreen work is quite quite awful here but that just makes it even better frankly, so much fun, and the monsters themselves are a hoot!. There is some huge swamp monster thing that looks to have been influenced by the creature from the old Black Lagoon movie. Then there are some giant armour plated turtle-like things, a giant eel thingy, flying piranha-like fish etc...its all hammy as hell but so cool. What lets the film down is the plot and the fact it makes no real sense and doesn't really go anyway. Still not too sure what exactly the higher class Atlanteans actually wanted to do, not really too sure why the monsters attacked Atlantis, why no one could ever escape, how on earth the goodies steel diving bell actually works or how they control it and why did the giant octopus not eat the sailors and how the hell did they wind up on the shore of Atlantis? the octopus put them there?. The ending is hilariously bad with Michael Gothard in his nice blonde wig and white attire commanding water to explode high into the air for no apparent reason whatsoever haha. What was that about? what was he even trying to do there? get them so wet they just give up?. Then the good guys get back into their steel diving bell and it somehow takes them back the way they arrived...magically. There are so many plot holes and so many silly moments but its not worth even considering them really, the film doesn't try to be anything other than silly fun. McClure had a small run of fantasy films like this between 75 and 78 and they are all much the same type of thing, complete nonsensical fantasy hokum laden with cheese n ham by the bucket load.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This fun fantasy adventure may be cheap and dated, but it isn't half bad. Warlords of Atlantis is a fun little film with some entertaining effects and basic premise that moves the plot along rather swiftly. The last twenty minutes or so drag on a bit, but that's because we all know how it's going to end, even if the film doesn't know itself. The effects are silly, but better than anything you'll catch on SyFy, and the plot isn't anything new, but Warlords of Atlantis is one of the better Atlantis-centric films out there.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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