Beyond Atlantis (1973)

BEYOND ATLANTIS (1973)
Article 2895 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-11-2009
Posting Date: 7-17-2009
Directed by Eddie Romero
Featuring Patrick Wayne, John Ashley, Leigh Christian
Country: USA / Philippines

When a pimp discovers a source for rare pearls, he organizes an expedition to the island where they can be found. However, they have to contend with the natives, who may be descendants of the lost Atlanteans.

All you have to do is see Eddie Romero’s name next to John Ashley’s, and you’ll know it’s another Filipino movie. This one’s okay; the cast is fun (Patrick Wayne, Sid Haig, Eddie Garcia, Vic Diaz and George Nader), the women are attractive, and the underwater photography is excellent. However, the script is too unfocused to really build up any steam, which is a real problem in the final part of the movie. Furthermore, the Atlantean makeup is … well, let’s call it Wilderesque (and I don’t mean Billy, but his brother H. Lee, who directed the notorious KILLERS FROM SPACE). The ending is also pretty unsatisfying.

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