Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of an expedition to a remote plateau rumored to be the home of prehistoric beasts, already the basis of a 1925 sci-fi classic, is again brought to the screen in Irwin Allen's lesser version. Claude Rains stars as Professor Challenger, who leads a team of fellow scientists and adventurers deep into the Amazon jungle. The team must battle unforgiving jungle conditions before arriving at the isolated plateau that is their final destination. There they discover a strange group of prehistoric beasts and unexpectedly find themselves in a fight for survival. While the 1925 Harry Hoyt version is still considered noteworthy for its ground-breaking stop-motion effects, Allen relies on enlarged footage of modern-day animals dressed up as their prehistoric counterparts, a technique that has aged less gracefully. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Of course this movie is going to seem stupid by today's 21st Century technology and computer enhanced movies ! But I remember seeing this in 1960, and it was CLASSIC ! Seeing Jill St. John act like a dumb blonde the entire movie is hard to do - but remember, this movie was made during the Beatnik days - - pre-Hippies ! This was a year before the Kennedy-Castro "Bay of Pigs" fiasco ! So give it a break, and enjoy the "trickatography" back then ! And dig the giant green day-glo spider, too ! I love it !
As a kid I loved this movie. Watched it every time it was on TV. I rented it again and still found it to be one of the best of the lot of those 60's dino films. It has everything. A stupid blond in knee high boots. A native girl in full makeup. Lizards with horns glued to their heads. And enough fun stuff to keep even restless kids entertained. This is Saturday afternoon adventure at it's finest. Everyone from Speilberg to Peter Jackson has stolen from this film. A must see for anyone into dino-spider-lizard action. It also features the slowest "crazed natives" to ever chase people through a series of volcanic caves. Must see.
Great fantasy movie for children, but even children will know that they are watching lizards and alligators with horns and fins glued on. Great over-the-top acting, under whelming believability. The presence of Jill St.John (as Jennifer Holmes) and the little doggie are still the most unbelievable part of the movie. Pure fantasy, not a drop of science fiction, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!