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February 1985 (USA) See more »
A Roaring Adventure With Blistering Action and Eye-Popping Women
In a land in a distant past, three beautiful women, members of a lost tribe, battle a male genius with diabolical plans to destroy their "Lost Empire." If the victor can find the sacred jewels, they can anticipate total power. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Melanie Vincz ... Angel Wolfe

Raven De La Croix ... Whitestar

Angela Aames ... Heather McClure
Paul Coufos ... Rick Stanton

Robert Tessier ... Koro (as Bob Tessier)

Angus Scrimm ... Dr. Sin Do / Lee Chuck
Blackie Dammett ... Prager

Linda Shayne ... Cindy Blake

Kenneth Tobey ... Capt. Hendry
Tom Rettig ... Officer Robinson

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Whiplash
Art Hern ... Charles Chang
Anne Gaybis ... Prison Referee (as Annie Gaybis)
Bill Thornbury ... Rob Wolfe
Gary Don Cox ... Horny Cowboy
Rick Seaman ... Willie

Anita Merritt ... Girl in Jewelry Shop
Peter Pan ... Jeweller
Garry Goodrow ... Doctor

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Terrorist Gang Leader (as Thomas Rosales)
Matoux De La Croix ... Huey

Rick Barker ... Leon
Steve Gold ... Prison guard

Jason Stuart ... Gay Dude
Jeff Jensen ... Hooded Swordsman
Wendell Eugenio ... Temple Official
Greywolfe ... Indian Chief
Karen Ribbens ... Girl Spy
Keri Nichols ... Girl Recruit
Ruby Handler ... Girl Recruit
Laura Lee Kasten ... Girl Recruit
Tracey Adams ... Girl Recruit (as Debbie Blaisdell)
Tina Merkel ... Girl Recruit
Gary Christie Jr. ... Hostage (as Cary Christie Jr.)

Joey Medina ... Hostage
Tozar Norris ... Hostage
Laureen Paige ... Hostage (as Lauren Paige)
Stacie Rowat ... Hostage
Tony Leach ... Hostage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Burr ... Servant Pouring Wine (uncredited)

Steve Neill ... Gorilla (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jim Wynorski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Wynorski 

Produced by
Raven De La Croix .... associate producer
Bob Greenberg .... co-producer
Alexander Tabrizi .... co-producer
Jim Wynorski .... producer
Original Music by
Alan Howarth 
Cinematography by
Jacques Haitkin 
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Production Design by
Wayne Springfield 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia Sowder 
Makeup Department
Michael F. Hoover .... assistant special effects makeup (as Mike Hoover)
Daniel Marc .... hair designer (as Danial Marc)
Robin L. Neal .... makeup supervisor (as Robin Neal)
Steve Neill .... special makeup effects
Michael R. Jones .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Max Bloom .... production manager
Jeff Folmsbee .... unit manager
Adam Weiss .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Charles .... second assistant director
James Lansbury .... second assistant director (as Jim Lansbury)
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Steven J. Wolfe .... second assistant director (as Steve Wolfe)
Art Department
Julie Kaye Fanton .... set decorator: location (as Julie Kaye Towery)
Philip Dean Foreman .... designer (as Phillip Foreman)
Douglas Fox .... property master (as Doug Fox)
Roger Kelton .... assistant art director
Scott Kuhlmann .... construction lead man (as Scott Kuhlman)
Steve Barnett .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sandy Corner .... art department manager (uncredited)
Mark A. Shelton .... art department electrician (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Hooper .... supervising sound editor
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator (as Patrushka Mierzwa)
Mark Ulano .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... pyrotechnician (as Marty Bresin)
Roger George .... special prop effects
Peter Mark .... assistant special effects
Visual Effects by
Anthony Doublin .... special visual effects (as Tony Doublin)
Ernest D. Farino .... special animation effects
David Fiske .... streak effects: main title, Animagic Inc.
Sean Joyce .... matte painter
Laurel Klick .... optical effects: Image 3
Bret Mixon .... animation camera
Bret Mixon .... effects animator
January Nordman .... optical effects: Image 3 (as J.R. Nordman)
Mike Warren .... optical effects: Image 3
Drex Reed .... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Rick Barker .... stunts
Brian R. Carson .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Mike Hickam .... stunts
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunts (as Victoria Van Der Kloot)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth C. Barrows .... first assistant camera (as Ken Barrows)
Kevin Brennan .... best boy
Anne S. Coffey .... second camera operator (as Anne Coffey)
Mike Connors .... best boy grip (as Michael Connors)
Christopher C. Cooper .... second assistant camera (as Christopher Cooper)
David De Carlo .... electrician
Wendell Eugenio .... still photographer
Michael Haney .... electrician
Lawrence Karman .... electrician (as Larry Karman)
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
David W. Nims .... grip/driver (as Dave Nims)
Woody Perkins .... grip
Joel Ransom .... second assistant camera
Krishna Rao .... second camera assistant (as Kris Rao)
Jerry Workman .... gaffer
Casting Department
Laura Lee Kasten .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Raven De La Croix .... costume designer: Whitestar
Julie Mortimore .... assistant costume designer (as Julie Motimore)
Lesley Neufeld .... wardrobe supervisor (as Lesley Nicholson)
Katherine Orrison .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lane Hurwitz .... editorial
Steven Nevius .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Alan Howarth .... music performer
Alan Howarth .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Brian Damage .... transportation coordinator
Randy Polk .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Denetia Arellanes .... creative consultant
Beverly Baker .... wrangler
Don Baker .... wrangler
Nita Baker .... wrangler
Michael Balson .... assistant to producer
Michael Balson .... liaison: Harwood
Eugene Coreno .... production assistant
Mike Eppstein .... titles: Hollywood Title Services
Tom Eppstein .... titles: Hollywood Title Services
George Escalera .... craft service
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer
Christopher Gaw .... production assistant (as Chris Gaw)
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Laura Lee Kasten .... extras coordinator
Bob King .... production assistant
Rick Lange .... titles: Hollywood Title Services
James Lansbury .... set production assistant (as Jim Lansbury)
David Rambaldi .... production assistant
Angel Rangel .... wrangler
R.J. Robertson .... creative consultant
Bob Sheridan .... production assistant
Beverly Silagy .... wrangler
Richard Silagy .... wrangler
Tandi Slater .... production coordinator
Sylvia M. White .... production auditor (as Sylvia White)
Cynthia R. Woodard .... production assistant (as Cindy Woodard)
Jacqueline Zambrano .... production coordinator (as Jacqui Zambrano)
Tony Balderama .... thanks
Paul Shaver .... thanks
Fielding West .... snake courtesy of

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In an interview with the director, Jim Wynorski, he said "I got my first break doing The Lost Empire for Plitt Theatres. The late owner, Henry Plitt (a decorated war hero), wanted to make a low budget sci-fi action picture as a tax loss. I never knew that when I made the show, so I put my heart and soul into the project. When it finally got completed, Plitt actually liked it enough to give it a wide theatrical release - where it actually made some money."See more »
Continuity: Koro's eyebrows alternate between being bushy and shaved.See more »
Angel Wolfe:Is that a fact?See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from The Traveling Executioner (1970)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"I *hate* robot spiders!", 2 August 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Prolific and dependable B level filmmaker Jim Wynorski had started out working for Roger Corman, and began his respectable directing career with this exploitation epic that he wrote, produced, and directed. All the hallmarks of his work are present and accounted for here, including a breezy, campy feel, a heavy sense of humour, a self-awareness (without doing too much winking at the viewer - the actors do have straight faces most of the time), and of course well endowed female cast members baring their breasts whenever an opportunity presents itself. He sure knows what he's doing: the very first shot in his movie is an iris shot that opens up on a womans' cleavage!

The story hits the ground running: tough female cop Angel Wolfe (lovely Melanie Vincz) loses her brother Rob (Bill Thornbury of the "Phantasm" series), who's also a cop, to a trio of deadly ninja types in a bungled robbery. When Rob produces a throwing star kind of weapon left at the scene, it leads Angels' FBI agent boyfriend Rick (Paul Coufos) to believe a religious cult head named Dr. Sin Do could be involved. He knows that Sin Do recruits young women in groups of three to be trained as assassins, so Angel gathers together two of her friends - the Indian warrior Whitestar (Raven De La Croix) and bubbly blonde jailbird Heather McClure (Angela Aames) so that they can infiltrate the madmans' remote island fortress.

There's a delightful cheesy charm to these proceedings, complete with some really fun looking sets and lots of animation effects. The dialogue is amusing, especially when spoken by De La Croix (also the associate producer and designer of her characters' costume); she has a fair number of truly groan inducing one liners to deliver. The colourful lighting is courtesy of Jacques Haitkin ("A Nightmare on Elm Street" '84) and the catchy score by Alan Howarth is reminiscent of the other work he did with John Carpenter in the 1980s.

Wynorski obviously had a lot of fun in the casting decisions: "Phantasm" series villain Angus Scrimm is our nefarious bad guy (although he doesn't show his face until well into the movie), notable screen tough guy Robert Tessier plays Koro, and Blackie Dammett ("National Lampoons' Class Reunion") is the sleazy Prager; there are also cameos for the great Kenneth Tobey (using his character name from "The Thing from Another World"), Linda Shayne (who co-wrote "Screwballs" with Wynorski), and Angelique Pettyjohn ('Get Smart', "Repo Man").

People who adore the wacky side of low budget cinema will likely adore "The Lost Empire" for its spirit and energy...and, of course, the assets of its actresses.

Eight out of 10.

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