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Mesmerised by Rubber!,
This review is from: At The Earth's Core [DVD]  (DVD)
It's all too easy to heap laughing derision on this fantasy film nearly 40 years after it was made, but that is missing the point. The true spirit of cinema is so often found in the imaginative innovators of their time who dare to break new ground. People who broke the shackles of limited budgets and accepted conventions by following their dreams. It is found in films like Georges Melies famous "A Trip to the Moon"(02), which Martin Scorcese, a walking encyclopaedia of film history, paid homage to in his film "Hugo". It is found in the strivings of those poverty row film makers in the thirties, and some might argue even in the inept efforts of Ed Wood. It is also found in the rubber suited world of the Kevin Connor/John Dark series of fantasy films. "At The Earth's Core" followed in the success of "The Land That Time Forgot", and has to be their crowning glory.
Rubbery flying griffin like monsters who mesmerise even British people! Ape like humanoids who carry out all their diabolical orders! Plastic fantasy dinosaurs that paleontologists will not be familiar with! These ones, just like the Griffins, have a disconcerting habit of exploding in a spectacular fireball! Some flora and fauna you will not find in your observers books, but then this is based on the Hollow Earth of Edgar Rice Burroughs world of Pellucidar. Burroughs might struggle to reconcile this Pellucidar with the one of his imagination! I like to think he might recognise the Mars in "John Carter", a film it seems I am the only person in the world to like! We also have Peter Cushing hilariously doing his dotty professor Branestawn impression, memorably hiding in a giant triffid from a cumbersome ginormous Dodo looking creation. It doesn't get much better than that! He is accompanied by Doug McClure, more at home in a stetson than fighting rubber suited monsters and plastic dinosaurs. Throw in scantily clad Caroline Munro, who it is hard to believe is now drawing her pension, a few cavemen, and you have yourself some good Saturday matinee fun. Nope, it's not a classic, but it is fun! Way better than Roland Emmerich's awful monster offering "Godzilla"(98). One hopes the latest offering will be better! Suspend belief, travel back in time, and it's just possible you might sheepishly admit you enjoyed it at the films conclusion! If it doesn't bring a smile to your face then you must have been mesmerised!
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2014 11:31:56 BDT
Timelord - 007 says:
Arh the classic Doug McClure B movies, classics, I remember watching these films growing up, thanks for a nostalgic trip back in time.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2014 08:28:12 GMT
Bob Salter says:
There are people out there who dont consider these classics. Hard to believe I know! Shame on them! Regards Bob.
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