The Lost Continent was an old hammer horror from 1968 I saw on the UK horror channel this weekend.
I've never seen it before and enjoyed it a lot.
OK, by today's standards the special effects are all too rubbery and the monsters look like casts-offs from Robot Wars but it was a fair effort back then.
Essentially it's about a group of ship's passengers and crew stranded in a sort of prehistoric - medieval sea world. Think of Micheal Crichton having a bad dream about conquistadors and squids and you're nearly there.
There are many things to interest a film nerd like me in Continent.
There are solid actors in there like Eric Porter but there are also unusual ones.
One of the these is Hildegard Knef, whom Missus Moonbase has informed me was a big deal as a European singer back in the Sixties. Knef recorded songs in her native German and in English in a rich Nico-esque voice.
Acting and lots of singing are the trades of another actor in the film, a young Darryl Read. This lad has one of those TV faces you swear you've seen a million times growing up in the sixties but I can't think where.
Googling him revealed that he was a hard working musician on the fringes of stardom most of his life. He was also in a proto punk band called Crushed Butler, who, despite me never having heard of them I can appreciate the important role they and many other bands played in the build up to British punk rock in the mid to late Seventies, a role similar to that of The New York Dolls and The Stooges et al in the development of American punk and New Wave.
Having read quite a bit about Darryl Read he's the perfect candidate for a bio-pic in my opinion.
The Lost Continent also contains what you might call Victorian technology. Whether its steampunk I don't know but I'm referring to the inflatable shoulder balloons that are used to walk across the man-eating sea weed. It reminded me of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea in that sense.
Overall it falls into that group of films concerned with marooned ships, lost worlds and hostile inhabitants. Films like Warlords of Atlantis, Mysterious Island and a slew of Time Forgot flicks starring the late lamented Doug McClure.
Have you seen Lost Continent and can you think of other films like it readers?