Saturday, June 10, 2023

Film Review: "The People that Time Forgot" (American International Pictures) by Devin J. Meaney

The People that Time Forgot
Directed by Kevin Connor
Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (story), Patrick Tilley
With Patrick Wayne, Doug McClure, Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie
Distributed by American International Pictures, Amicus Productions (uncredited)
Release date: July 6, 1977
Not too long ago I read the Caspak Trilogy. Even more recently I was scrolling through Tubi and I realized “The People that Time Forgot” was uploaded for free viewing. I thought this to be quite the convenient coincidence—and as I have never checked out the second installment (“The Land that Time Forgot” is the first) I figured I would give this a watch.
Once again this takes place on Caspak on the Island of Caprona. Just like the first movie there are dinosaurs, cave people, and a slew of prehistoric style adventures that unfold.
With that said—I found the first movie to be much more entertaining and the second one for me was much less memorable and I will also throw it out there that I did prefer the book version. The dinosaurs and other creatures have the same cheesy dated feeling as the first part but the story line was less intriguing overall and it differed highly from the original texts.
Would I watch this again? Probably. But only because I am a lover of “The Land that Time Forgot”—and maybe the only reason this one was less memorable was because it was not one of the high points of my childhood memories. Again—the effects were cheesy (maybe a bit too cheesy?) as well but I guess with a film hailing from 1977 that is to be expected! -Devin J. Meaney

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