WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS (1978)
Article #960 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-31-2003
Posting Date: 3-29-2004
Directed by Kevin Connor
Featuring Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Shane Rimmer
Undersea explorers discover the lost civilization of Atlantis.
This was the fourth and last of several features directed by Kevin Connor and starring Doug McClure that were made in the second half of the decade of the seventies, a time when this sort of adventure story was out of fashion. The other three were based on Edgar Rice Burroughs stories; this one doesn’t seem based on anything in particular, but was no doubt influenced by them. To say that it fails to live up the epic grandeur of its ambitions is somehow missing the point; it largely exists to trot out the monsters, and that’s pretty much what it does. The monster effects aren’t that bad, but the monsters themselves are sometimes a little too sluggish for their own good; compare the octopus here with the squid in 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and you’ll see what I mean. It’s all pretty silly, with the Atlanteans being essentially Nazis under another name, and the plot being nothing but a series of incidents tied together by the thinnest of stories. And just what was Cyd Charisse doing in this one anyway?