Lost World, The (1960)
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
(According to Wikipedia, the lizards “employed” include “an iguana with glued on horns”; two monitor lizards with glued-on frills, plates, and/or sails; a “tokay gecko with glued-on horns and a sail”; and “a spectacled caiman and an alligator with glued-on horns, a small tail, and a small sail.”)
I don’t personally take offense with this tactic, given that the creatures are believable enough as random beasts existing in a modern-day hidden world (even if they don’t look like familiar dinosaurs) — but other effects, like a glowing superimposed tarantula, are pretty god-awful.
Most annoying, however, is the presence of St. John’s vapid heiress, who sneaks her way onto the trip with her tiny dog Frosty, and wears impossibly impractical clothing.
Meanwhile, as DVD Savant writes, the film’s portrayal of native peoples is flat-out offensive:
It should be noted that Claude Rains fans will be disappointed by his silly role here:
… and Haydn’s presence is equally useless. You can feel free to skip this one unless you’re curious.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
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Parts of today’s rewatch reminded me that I saw this when I was a kid. No doubt, 10-year-old boys in 1960 (or the years around then) thought this was hot stuff. I don’t recall being one of them.