The next club meeting is this Sunday, August 27, and will feature another edition of Sunday Sci-Fi Cinema Matinée. In honour of the premiere, later in the meeting, of the club’s animated short film, which features paper cut-out stop-motion dinosaurs, we’ll be showcasing dinosaur movies!
The Matinée begins at noon! MonSFFen present will be asked to vote for their favourite of five vintage dinosaur movies; the movie garnering the most votes will be the one we review!
Here are the five dinosaur movies we’ve listed for your consideration:
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1970)A prehistoric adventure pitting tribes of cave people against both each other, and a number of dinosaurs! Apes the success of the 1966 Raquel Welsh vehicle One Million Years, B.C. and features quality stop-motion dinosaurs animated by Jim Danforth.
THE LAND UNKNOWN (1957)
Classic schlock! A prehistoric world is found to have survived into modern times at the bottom of a deep crater in Antarctica! Originally to be shot in colour, the ambitious production spent so much money on a full-scale animatronic Elasmosaurus that they overshot their budget and in the end, could only afford to shoot in black and white! The movie’s “terrifying” T-Rex is clumsily portrayed by a technician in a rubber suit!
A perfectly preserved Brontosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are uncovered by a construction crew on a Caribbean island, then reanimated by a lightning strike! The dinosaurs endanger the local populace while a caveman similarly revived befriends a local orphan boy, the two of them getting into all manner of mischief. Proceedings culminate in an exciting duel between the Tyrannosaurus and a skip shovel! Stop-motion powers the film’s dinosaur stars through more than an hour of B-movie action and silliness.
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1974)
You may recognize star Doug McClure from such movies as Terror in the Sky, Satan’s Triangle, and Humanoids from the Deep! Here, he’s taken aboard a WWI German submarine that discovers the mysterious island of Caprona, an unknown land where several eras of the Earth’s prehistoric evolution co-exist and survival proves a dicey challenge! Based on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure novel.
THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969)
A rollicking adventure pitting cowboys against dinosaurs and showcasing the superior stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, undisputed master of the craft! You’ll be astonished by the cowboys’ roping of the titular Allosaurus, a stunning visual effects achievement and the peak of first-rate dinosaur movie action prior to the advent of CGI many years later.