The Lost Continent/The Reptile 2004 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
The Lost Continent is one of those weird films that stays with you for some time after watching it. It’s sort of the video equivalent of a cold sore. You know it will hurt to poke it, but you do it anyhow. Watching this mishmash concoction brings about a similar reaction. The story does have a strange attraction. I must confess that I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would, not having seen it in literally decades. The main thing the film has going for it is the magnificent bosom of actress Dana Gillespie. Her chest is always oiled up and photographed for maximum impact. Wow. She is a babe.
The monsters make one long for any Godzilla movie, even though they were reportedly created by 20,000 Leagues squid-maker and Jaws mechanical shark builder Bob Mattey. These creations are not his best work, by any means.
The plot is pretty convoluted, but ultimately satisfying… in a fever-dream sort of way. Video & audio quality are solid. The film looks quite nice, and supposedly has a few minutes of “racy” footage edited back in. Don’t get excited though, all of this ‘lost’ footage apparently revolves around exposition of the two sordid female leads - not snipped nude scenes of Miss Gillespie, as I had hoped. LOL
The Reptile is a pretty cool film. In many ways, this is the film that Cult of The Cobra SHOULD have been. Some outlandishly creepy make-up for the snakelady, sadly under-used until the film’s fiery climax. Loads of gothic atmosphere, standard in most all Hammer productions. Not too much new here, but there are some genuine moments of tension and a few good shocks thrown in to shake things up a bit. As with Lost Continent, the video & audio for Reptile are very strong and consistent. Too bad all old horror and sci-fi films can’t look & sound this good.