Wednesday, July 4, 2012

THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT - John Scott - "The 7th Continent" (1977)

"The People That Time Forgot" is based on a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of "Tarzan Of The Apes," and other books like.....

..."The Monster Men," a book I've had for years that has one of my favorite Frank Frazetta covers on it! Does that make it a good movie? Not exactly, but I did find it mildly entertaining for a few reasons!

If you really want to find some people that time forgot you need to either go to the bottom of the ocean, deep into some unknown jungle, or in this case, a distant frozen wasteland!

Voilà, once they get past the ice, there is a lush and green alternate environment replete with Dinosaurs and other remnants of the distant past!

The local cave girl is none other than Brit Pop Queen Dana Gillespie in another fine role, this time as Ajor! Last time we saw Dana, she was on another "Lost Continent!" John Wayne's son Patrick (Howdy Lewis) Wayne and Doug McClure get top credits in this film, but it's Dana that steals the show! Born Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie, Dana has been the girlfriend of Donovan, has had records produced by Jimmy Page and David Bowie, and was Mary Magdalene in the original production of "Jesus Christ Superstar!"

"The television man is krazy, saying we're juvenile delinquent wrecks, Oh man, I need TV when I've got T Rex!" - David Bowie, from "All The Young Dudes."

Dana still performs today as Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band! Imagine if you will, it's said that as a schoolgirl, David Bowie used to carry her books for her!!! It was a year before this film was released that Bowie was in "The Man Who Fell To Earth," another movie we still need to get around to someday!

I took almost this same exact footage a couple of weeks ago, when it was so hot, the pine cones starting popping like popcorn!!

This place is not only inhabited by your everyday variety dinos, there's also critters like this big Scutosaurus. It's not too difficult to imagine the Scutosaurus farting and the resulting effects!

Bill Beavis didn't get credit for the cool scenic artwork, but he's the one who did it! I think the people who dwell here probably went to the "House On Skull Mountain" for vacations!

You've seen him here before, one of the Dungeon faves Milton (BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE, NIGHT CREATURES, DR.NO) Reid as the almighty and powerful SABBALA!

"The People That Time Forgot" may not be the best movie ever made, but I give them a lot of credits for some cool sets!

Here's the guy they have been looking for, Doug McClure as Bowen Tyler! Doug had an amazing career for a guy who only lived to be 59! Besides film, Doug had some incredible runs on TV, including 17 episodes of "Overland Trail" as Frank "Flip" Flippen, 70 episodes of "Checkmate" as Jed Sills, 249 episodes of "The Virginian" as Trampas/Tampas, and 13 episodes of "Barnaby Coast" as Cash Conover!

Joining Dana here for the big ceremony is Sarah (STRIPPERS VS. WEREWOLVES) Douglas as Charly! Among a horde of other things, Sarah was Ursa in "Superman" & "Superman II."

Sabbala attempts to have the last laugh at Ajor's expense!

The music throughout the whole ordeal was created by Maestro John Scott! Mr. Scott has almost 150 credits in almost every genre of film you can think of! I could write a whole blog on this one man's accomplishments, but I'll just tell you that he played both tenor and alto flute on The Beatles hauntingly beautiful number "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," and that should be enough!

Not overly sexy, gross or gory for 1977, "The People That Time Forgot" can still be found on Netflix last time I checked!


TABONGA! said...

Awesome stills!

Douglas McEwan said...

This is a movie that is BETTER as a collection of mostly-awesome stills like this than as a movie. The stills mostly look GREAT! The movie, of course, features bad acting in a terrible script, with some of the lamest dinosaurs this side of an Irwin Allen movie.

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Absolutely correct Douglas, We've noticed many times that a handful of good stills and a short soundclip are often much better than the movie itself! That's part of the fun!

Greg Goodsell said...

I started to watch this (I got the DVD cheap) and I WAS SO BORED I couldn't get past the part where they use the dinosaur to pull their airplane!

Dr. Theda said...

I enjoyed "At the Earth's Core of that series of films... The "Lost Continent" was pretty cool ...I liked the Monsters....

D. McEwan said...

Ooh. I have At the Earth's Core because it shares a DVD with Vincent Price's War Gods of the Deep. I wanted the latter movie because where else can you see Vinnie and Tab Hunter together, albeit in a very, bery bad movie? I had not seen At the Earth's Core prior to buyng the DVD, but I figured: "It can't be any worse than War Gods of the Deep, and it has Peter Cushing in it.

Well, I was wrong. It IS worse than War Gods of the Deep, and Peter Cushing, one of my favorite actors, gives a rare terrible performance in it. (I truly hate his "doddery old scientist" characterizations. It makes his two Doctor Who movies unwatchable for me.) I could not make it to the end of the movie. Just really, really rotten. I've seen high school plays with better production values - and better acting! Even this turkey is better than At the Earth's Core.

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