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This really is the bargain basement of film making with duff acting, duff effects and duff props. The dog is by far the star performer in this film. The dad has to be one of the worst actors in film history. He likes to show off his shining teeth and comes out with some inane dialogue delivered in a wooden way. I reckon the script writer was drunk unless they made it up as they went along. The cheapness of it is emphasised by the fact that they include (not very well) stock wildlife footage at various points. This was obviously not taken for this film and is very badly edited in. Even late 70s audiences must have been struck by how basic, cheap and amateurish the whole thing looks. The dad believes it isn't uncommon for humans to have 6 toes. Really. I have never heard of a single case although I suppose it is possible but is certainly not common. They probably spent about 10 minutes knocking up the script, 5 minutes maximum rehearsal and 15 minutes cobbling the whole mess together back in someones front room. It is comical but I don't think it is supposed to be a comedy. It is watchable though simply because it is so bad. Films with much higher budgets have been as bad or worse. However, back in the late 70s it is hard to imagine any adults or kids who would have found this worthwhile.
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Film quality is awful. It looks like it was filmed with a mobile phone. An old mobile phone. Acting and plot coherence is non-existent. One minute they are up on the mountains and the next at ground level and back again throughout the movie.. It must have been edited by a dozen people without any of them seeing what went before. They also did one of those awful plot things where they see something absolutely huge, in this case a town, without almost walking into it and even then one of them doesn't see it until it is pointed out to them by the other one. The father keeps putting his hand on the boys shoulder almost as if the boy can't hear him without human contact.
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THE FORCE ON THUNDER MOUNTAIN is a long-forgotten B-movie that turns
out to be a wilderness film masquerading as a sci-fi flick. Don't let
the negative reviews and ratings fool you: if you're a fan of cult and
forgotten cinema, like me, then you'll probably enjoy this slow-paced
independent production. It's a film that mixes stock footage of the
outdoors with a mildly supernatural plot, in a similar way to the '70s
craze for Bigfoot and creature flicks.
90% of the narrative consists of a boy and his father trekking through the wilderness and occasionally encountering an inexplicable event (like marks they make on the ground disappearing). Eventually the boy hooks up with an alien, but it's all so resolutely ordinary that that part's not even worth waiting for. Instead, this film serves up a ton of grainy stock wildlife footage, so expect to see copious shots of herons, beavers, and the like.
Occasionally the wildlife intrudes upon our intrepid twosome, at which point they have to fend off grizzly bear and cougar attacks, but it's all rather ho-hum. The quality of the film is awful but maybe that's part of the charm. Needless to say the acting sucks and it doesn't help that the stilted dialogue sounds like it has been dubbed in in post production. Whatever you do, don't watch this expecting a sci-fi movie as you'll be sorely disappointed.
"It's not uncommon for humans to have 6 toes"
This film is really
I think that this is a good wilderness family film, kids like it. It is like the old Disney wildlife films with little plot and terrible acting. Dated, but what isn't in this genre. If you are looking for a thriller this is not your movie, but kind of fun otherwise. There were quite a few of these movies made in the late 70's. They fit into the group of wildlife movies that were independently distributed to counter the mostly R rated movies that were distributed at the time. They tended to do very well up until the mid 80's when production values increased significantly. Still worth looking at for what it is. There are quite a few of these film made but most did not make it to video.
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