Lost Continent is a 1951 American science-fiction drama movie starring Cesar Romero, Hillary Brooke, Chick Chandler, Hugh Beaumont and John Hoyt, directed by Sam Newfield and produced by Jack Leewood, Robert L. Lippert, and Sigmund Neufeld.
An expedition sent to retrieve a rocket that went missing over the South Pacific discovers a plateau inhabited by prehistoric creatures.
Why It Sucks
- The film has incredibly poor pacing. For example, there's a scene showing nothing but rock climbing that goes on for 20 minutes (about a quarter of the movie's length), with barely any dialogue, relevance to the plot, or even any music.
- The film was shot in just 11 days, which might explain the film's terrible pacing.
- Despite featuring some big-name actors like Cesar Romero and Hugh Beaumont, the roles they play are incredibly boring.
- The dialogue is bland and generic, sometimes coupled with really unfunny jokes.
- There are some random moments, like one of the characters dreaming about humping an airplane.
- The special effects are not very good, with the dinosaurs having bad stop-motion animation.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The premise of an expedition team going to an island inhabited by dinosaurs is really cool, but it was wasted and poorly executed.
Lost Continent saw negative reviews. Jeff Ulmer of digitallyobsessed.com stated, "A good third of the movie is spent showing our characters climbing the same styrofoam set prop from different angles... The pacing is pretty slow: the first twenty minutes is spent introducing the characters; the next 20 is spent having them climb up a mountain, and then jamming what little action there is into the remaining run time—all of which you would have seen in the trailer."
The film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in season 2, where host Joel Robinson was nearly driven to insanity and shouted during the rock climbing sequence. Ever since the episode's airing, "Rock climbing" (a term used by Dr. Forrester to torture Joel with a boring scene that pads the film) has become an expression to describe scenes made for no reason other than to pad out the movie or TV show's length.
- As previously stated, the film was shot in just 11 days.
- Some sequences were tinted green on the original release prints to produce an eerie, other-worldly effect.