Lost Continent


Director: Michael Carreras

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

The Lost Continent has also been known as Lost Island, The Dying Sea or The People of Abrimes, directed by Michael Carreras for Hammer films.

A wrecked steamship gets trapped in the impenetrable seaweed of the Sargasso Sea, where there is discovered a mad society descended from Spaniards shipwrecked in the age of the Conquistadors, at war with a society descended from the Puritans.

Misty scenes within the snare of tentacled man-eating seaweed are surprisingly evocative & even the goofy Godzilla-esque giant crab vs giant scorpion battle sequence is an edge-of-the-seater.

The story idea had been abroad for a century in such books as Frank Ash's The Black Opal (1915) & Julius Chambers' In Sargasso (1896). The novel this film was inspired by was Dennis Wheatley's Uncharted Seas (1950).

The letterbox video & DVD release include a few minutes not in the film release. Enjoyable.

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