5.7/10
1,478
48 user 42 critic

The Lost Continent (1968)

Trailer
2:46 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

On their way to South America, the passengers and crew of an old freighter face many challenges. The captain has taken on illegal cargo - a dangerous consignment of phosphorous that will ... See full summary »

Directors:

Michael Carreras, Leslie Norman (uncredited)

Writers:

Michael Carreras (screenplay) (as Michael Nash), Dennis Wheatley (novel)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Cesar Romero, Hillary Brooke, Chick Chandler
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An archaeological expedition brings back to London the coffin of an Egyptian queen known for her magical powers. Her spirit returns in the form of a young girl and strange things start to happen.

Directors: Seth Holt, Michael Carreras
Stars: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers
4D Man (1959)
Action | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A scientist discovers a formula enabling him to pass through solid surfaces but he also rapidly ages which forces him to kill humans in order to reverse the aging process by absorbing his victims' energies.

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Stars: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon
Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An Italian documentary film about maritime Southeast Asia including Borneo.

Directors: Enrico Gras, Giorgio Moser, and 1 more credit »
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Wolfgang Lesowsky
Stars: Erika Mottl, Dana Gillespie, Corinne Hochwarter
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An isolated remote island community is threatened by an attack by tentacled silicates which liquefy and digest bone and tissue.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner.

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling
Stars: André Morell, Diane Clare, Brook Williams
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

On their way to South America, the passengers and crew of an old freighter face many challenges. The captain has taken on illegal cargo - a dangerous consignment of phosphorous that will explode if it comes into contact with water - something that worries the crew but less so for the passengers who all seem to have good reasons to continue their trip. When the ship takes on water some of the crew mutiny and eventually abandon ship. For those who stay aboard, they soon find themselves trapped in a huge bed of living seaweed and find a several centuries old Spanish galleon that has been trapped for all of that time - now manned by the descendants of the original crew. They will have to them if they are to survive. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A living hell that time forgot! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost Island See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It was the last film of the Fox/7 Arts/ABPC alliance. See more »

Goofs

Much is made of the importance of the buoyancy balloons when crossing the seaweed. Yet they are not large enough to do much good, they don't float upwards, or need to be tied down when not in use, and near the end of the film they are not needed anyway. See more »

Quotes

El Supremo: The choice is yours. It is simple. Either join us and tell your companions on the boat to do likewise, in which case all of your supplies will be turned over to us.
Nick, chief engineer: Or else?
El Supremo: We shall kill you. Then kill your companions and take the supplies.
Sarah: He'll kill us all anyway.
El Supremo: That is in the hands of God. But, if you pray to me, He may find it in His heart to--
Nick, chief engineer: I'll not pray to any man! Let alone a child who's hardly old enough to wipe his own bottom!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The Warner / Seven Arts US release was pared down by 8 minutes or so, of slightly more adult material and released with a G rating. It would have otherwise gotten the M rating, which later morphed into GP and then PG. When Anchor Bay released the VHS and DVD editions, they found an uncut print and cut the material back into the film. You can notice these scenes as they are of slightly poorer quality than the bulk of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quiet Days in Clichy (1970) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Odd & Unusual Hammer Voyage
26 September 2007 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

You know what a typical Hammer production looks like, and "The Lost Continent" definitely doesn't fit that picture. It doesn't feature any old Gothic castles or torture dungeons, any cloaked vampires or mad Barons and it doesn't even star Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing. Surely Hammer also produced other mythologist films and stories revolving on time warps, but "The Lost Continent" is an entire league on its own and the complete opposite to what you expect. Right after watching this movie, you can't even properly determine for yourself whether it's good or bad … just plain weird. "The Lost Continent" is an outrageously plotted but awkwardly coherent film with two entirely different main story lines rolled into one. The titular continent (although it's merely just a small island) actually doesn't get reached until the twenty last minutes and, before that, it is just a suspenseful thriller set on a boat. The ambiance on the ancient and leaky cargo ship is rather tense and sinister. The captain ignores safety warnings and advice from his personnel and the passengers prefer facing a terrible sea storm rather than to return to the coast, even though they have been informed about the potentially explosive cargo. Suffice to say these aren't normal tourists, but people with dark secrets or even fugitive criminals. There are a lot of intrigues going on-board, but the sea is mightier. The captain and his passengers have to abandon ship, but they recover another one slowly drift towards uncharted regions. There they encounter ravenous seaweed and a lot of other things that don't make the least bit of sense, like gigantic crab-creatures, a native tribe under the impression that the Spanish Inquisition isn't finished yet and a local girl with the most gorgeous pair of breasts in the universe. In order to set food on land, they have to put watery pillows on their feet and attach balloons on their shoulders, which forms another very ludicrous sight to behold. "The Lost Continent" is an incredibly silly film, but all cast members perform their roles with a poker straight face, like as if they were starring in the greatest & most budgeted epic adventure in the history of cinema. The effects and monsters designs are extremely dodgy and laughable, but also somewhat charming. The film hasn't got a real ending, but (fortunately?) Hammer never bothered to make a sequel. Crazy little Brit-film, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to open-minded fans of cult cinema.


15 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed