The Lost Continent (1968 film)
The Lost Continent, AKA Lost Island, The People of Abrimes, Uncharted Seas (1968)
"See blood-beasts battling over female flesh! Torture-pits for forbidden lovers! Sacrifice to giant jaw-snapping mollusks! Helpless beauties attacked by crazed kelp-monsters! Escape from a floating death ship and the fiery destruction of a lost continent in a living hell that time forgot!" A captain and his ship of fools and explosives are stranded in a strange ships' graveyard world of entangling seaweed, horrible monsters, and immortal conquistadors.
- Release Date: 1968
- Country/Language: UK, English
- Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Horror, Adventure
- Setting: 1960s Sargasso Sea, North Atlantic Ocean
- Runtime: 1 hr 37 min
- Starring: Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh
- Director: Michael Carreras, Leslie Norman (uncredited)
- Writer: Michael Carreras (screenplay) (as Michael Nash), Dennis Wheatley (novel)
- Producer/Production Co: Hammer Films, Seven Arts Pictures
- View Trailer: (link)
- Rated: G (perhaps closer to a modern PG for mild 1960s Violence and mild Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian)
The bizarre, over-the-top pulp horror plot and setting of the passengers and crew of a doomed ship stranded in the Sargasso sea with strange Tentacle Monsters, man-eating seaweed, and a sinister human-sacrificing cult of immortal conquistadores has no real parallel in Lovecraft's work, but wouldn't be too far out of place in the sort of William Hope Hodgson story that Lovecraft might have enjoyed.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Vincent Canby at The New York Times (link) - "I can't really believe that Mr. Carreras and his associates didn't have a lot of fun doing this, piling crises on crises and punctuating them with outrageous sight gags and dialogue."
- Roderick Heath at This Island Rod (link) - "...in any event English-language genre cinema hardly comes richer or stranger, and it’s one of the most unfairly neglected Hammer works."
- Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2.5/5 Stars) (link) - "The images of the orange-lit Sargasso Sea look striking, as is the strange sight of people wading across the seaweed lifted up by balloons and makeshift snowshoes. The world of the Conquistadors when we discover it aboard a sailing ship has an incredible vividity. The complaint might be that the build-up of the film is far more interesting than anything that happens once we reach the Sargasso Sea. The monster scenes never amount to much... You feel like The Lost Continent had the potential to do far much more than that."
- Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link) - "The most memorable thing about the movie is its sheer strangeness..."
- Brandon Tenold at Brandon's Cult Movie Review (link) - TO DO
- Chris Wood at British Horror Films (link) - "The Lost Continent is bizarre - a mishmash of boat-set soap opera-cum-disaster movie (a la The Poseidon Adventure), science fiction lost civilization rubbish, and killer seaweed-on-the-loose nonsense that defies belief."
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A captain and his ship of fools and explosives are stranded in a strange ships' graveyard world of entangling seaweed, horrible monsters, and immortal conquistadors.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- fiction: based on Dennis Wheatley's Uncharted Seas
- fiction: compare to William Hope Hodgson's The Boats of the Glen Carrig
- film: compare to Matango: The Mushroom People (1963 film)
- race: Tentacle Monster
- race: Dark Sargassum
- race: Human Cultists