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The Lost Continent (1968)

G  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror  |  19 June 1968 (USA)
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This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues, take Captain Eric Portman's leaky cargo ship to escape their troubles. When a violent ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Porter ...
Capt. Lansen
Eva Peters
Suzanna Leigh ...
Unity Webster
Tony Beckley ...
Harry Tyler
Dr. Webster
Neil McCallum ...
First Officer Hemmings
Ben Carruthers ...
Ricaldi (as Benito Carruthers)
Jimmy Hanley ...
Patrick, the Bartender
James Cossins ...
Nick, Chief Engineer
Dana Gillespie ...
Victor Maddern ...
Reg Lye ...
Norman Eshley ...
Jonathan, the Prisoner
Michael Ripper ...
Sea Lawyer
Sparks, the Radioman


This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues, take Captain Eric Portman's leaky cargo ship to escape their troubles. When a violent storm strikes, the ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea and our heroes find themselves trapped on an island of man-eating seaweed, populated by giant monster crabs and some Spanish conquistadors who think the Inquisition is still on. Features songs and music by '60s "cool group", the Peddlers. Written by Scott Hamilton <>

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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lost Island  »

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1.85 : 1
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Michael Carreras' screenplay was credited to his gardener, Michael Nash. See more »


[facing down the Grand Inquisitor]
Capt. Lansen: We're getting out. Now we can noisily, or we can go quietly. The choice is up to you.
The Grand Inquistor: Where are you going? You're trapped here like the rest of us. There's no escape.
Capt. Lansen: How do you know? Have you ever tried?
The Grand Inquistor: Our ancestors tried.
Capt. Lansen: I'm not talking about them, I'm talking about you.
The Grand Inquistor: It's God's will!
Capt. Lansen: It's your will, because you want it this way! You do it in the name of God through this child here because you haven't got the guts to do your own dirty work!
The Grand Inquistor: You speak ...
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Referenced in Dennis Wheatley at Hammer (2012) See more »

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Two movies in one!

Perhaps the strangest film to come out of Hammer Studios, The Lost Continent is literally like watching two movies in one. Similar in format to Tarantino's From Dusk 'til Dawn, the film shifts from a taut "mutiny on the bounty" type nautical drama play (with a little funky late sixties weirdness thrown in) to a whacked out sci-fi freak show complete with corny monsters, strange & hostile plants, an unnaturally large breasted woman, a child King, an oddball religious cult, and balloon-type thingies to keep the characters afloat on the marshy alien wetlands! Whew! Talk about your shift in gears! A must see for fans of oddball cinema. And to think it came out of Great Britain . . .

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