Warlords of Atlantis (1978 film)

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Warlords of Atlantis (1978), AKA Warlords of the Deep

Summary

An Expedition to the lost world of Atlantis is disrupted by mutiny when a sea monster attacks, dragging the ship and its crew to the bottom of the sea to Atlantis, where the crew is enslaved by an advanced alien race and menaced by strange monsters....

Details

  • Release Date: 1978
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • Setting: Atlantis, Gaslight era (?)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 36 min
  • Starring: Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Shane Rimmer
  • Director: Kevin Connor
  • Writer: Brian Hales
  • Producer/Production Co: John Dark, EMI Films, Columbia
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG (Violence, mild Adult Content and Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone)

Not very Lovecraftian in tone, but there are a lost continent, alien astronauts, and a tentacle monster in the movie....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Parlor of Horror, (link) - "The film is worth a watch for fans of old style monster flicks and fantasy adventure for its pure schlock and unintended humorous aspects."
  • Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (6/10 Stars) (link) - "This was the fourth in the series of adventures from the team of producer John Dark, director Kevin Connor and star McClure... Warlords of Atlantis was scripted by former Doctor Who writer Brian Hayles, and has a similar strain of British idiosyncrasy about it... It's best not to think too hard about the plot of the film - just go with the flow, as if being sucked down by an underwater whirpool, and it's a fairly enjoyable ride with generally witty perfomances and plentiful action."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3.5/5 Stars) (link) - "The Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations were of uneven quality but with Warlords of Atlantis, John Dark and Kevin Connor hit a pinnacle that managed to transcend the tawdriness of the formula. This is largely thanks to Brian Hayles’s script. Hayles seems to have operated on the principle of having something happening to the heroes at every moment. It is like a crazed science-fictional sideshow spectacle ... It is only the weak special effects – the unconvincing monsters and the flat matte paintings that represent the caverns and cities – that stop Warlords of Atlantis from attaining greatness as a work of Jules Verne-ian period super science. ... Perhaps, in the end, the plot lacks a certain dramatic satisfaction..."

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An Expedition to the lost world of Atlantis is disrupted by mutiny when a sea monster attacks, dragging the ship and its crew to the bottom of the sea to Atlantis, where the crew is enslaved by an advanced alien race and menaced by strange monsters....


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