|ISLAND OF THE LOST (directors: John Florea/Ricou Browning-director of underwater sequences; screenwriters: story by Ivan Tors & Richard Carlson/Richard Carlson; cinematographer: Howard Winner; editor: ; music: George Bruns; cast: Richard Greene (Josh MacRae), Luke Halpin (Stu MacRae), Sheila Welles (Sharon MacRae), Robin Mattson (Lizzie MacRae), Mart Hulswit (Gabe Larsen), Irene Tsu (Judy Hawllani, Jose De Vega (Tupuna); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Ivan Tors; Republic; 1967)|
visuals are good. The film is not."
by Dennis Schwartz
plotless bland travelogue that reminded me of The Lost
World (1960). It's co-directed by John Florea ("Hot
Child in the City") and Ricou Browning
("Salty"), with the latter doing the
underwater sequences. The actor Richard Carlson wrote
the screenplay and co-wrote the story with producer
Ivan Tors. The visuals are good. The film is not.
Greene) and his family sail for an
uncharted South Sea island and are shipwrecked.The
family tries to survive on a primitive island inhabited
by prehistoric, mutant modern animals. Also on the
island is a native boy (Jose De Vega) left there by
his tribe to go through a survival ritual into
It makes one wonder how they would fare if stranded on such a barren island that features such exotic animals as sabre-toothed wolves, nine-gilled sharks, weird-looking alligators, and vicious prehistoric ostriches.
REVIEWED ON 9/25/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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