The Land Unknown (1957)

Article #124 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-18-2001
Posting date: 12-1-2001

A helicopter makes an emergency landing in a storm and the occupants find themselves several thousand feet below sea level. There they encounter prehistoric creatures and a man who has been stranded in the area for years.

This is a rather tepid, forgettable lost world movie, and though quite a bit of money went into it, it’s not that impressive. The dinosaurs are created through various means, including some less-than-stellar suitmation for the tyrannasaurus rex, and a couple of slurpasauruses thrown in for good measure. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the film is that the lost world is allowed to exist at the end of the movie; which means, no big volcano scene. This is actually pretty rare for one of these movies, and it makes you wonder whether they wanted to save the money such a scene would cost, or if they might have been hoping for a sequel. Incidentally, the leading actor Jock Mahoney was a stuntman for many years in Hollywood, and he performs his own stunts in the movie.

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