Land of the Lost Movie News
Finally my study of Land of the Lost-The Movie is here! Land of the Lost Movie Study
Smoking in ‘Land of the Lost’ Brings Reprimand to Studio
The movie is due out on DVD and Blu-Ray October 13, 2009.
This report on the summer films from USA Today reports the Land of the Lost movie is "fading faster than a Sleestak from a flame."
Not even a good comedy, let alone good Land of the Lost
Clayton Barr 6/7/2009
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My review is in. Cover your ears while I swear for just a moment: FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT OF A FLIM AND THE DUNG BEETLE IT RODE IN ON.
And now the review (there will be spoilers):
Land of the Lost opens with a pretty cool scene of an astronaut in full spacesuit slogging through a swamp while attempting to reach Mission Control over his suit radio and describing the environment in which he has landed. Then a giant roar is heard from off camera and, as the astronaut turns to look, the face of a carnivorous dinosaur (presumably Grumpy) is reflected in the faceplate as the beast lunges in for lunch.
Smash cut to a music blast reminiscent of Planet of the Apes and the Land of the Lost movie logo engulfs the screen.
A great action B-movie intro. And that's as good as it gets. Because it's all downhill from there.
The movie is horrible. Oh, occasionally there are glimmers of what a cool flick it could have been: the dino chase (Grumpy and Big Alice chase the humans and Chaka through the desert arrival zone), the Sleestak costumes. But that's it. The humor is atrocious throughout. Almost every review of the film I've seen mentions the tiresome over-reliance on pee, poop and sex jokes in this film (Holly, our only intelligent-acting protaganist, is continually fondled
throughout; there is also a vague intimation of gay sex having occurred among Marshall, Will and Chaka during a "stoned-out-of-their-gourds" session of drinking funny fruit juice). The only joke that made me chuckle slightly was when a giant crab is seen falling into a hot spring and then we flash-cut to Will squeezing a giant lemon wedge over a cooked crab leg (bringing back memories of the giant fruits and vegetables found in the Land in the TV episodes). And even that gag is poorly executed in the film.
Enik appears briefly but the character is wasted here as an undercover villain. Leonard Nimoy also has a throw-away role as the Zarn, who turns out to be just another Altrusian, not the empathic-but-cold alien of lights seen in the series; this Zarn is apparently Enik's jailer, having failed in his duty to keep Enik on a leash.
To add insult to injury, the film is filled with head-scratching moments of illogic. The filmmakers seem to think that since they were making a comedy, it didn't have to make sense. Too many such moments for me to name from memory. I guess I'll have to later rent this stink-bomb (no way am I buying it) on Blu-Ray and do my "Episode Studies" treatment on it to point out all the problems with the plot and script.
The closing credits are of the animated type that used to appear at the beginning of a movie and they are pretty cool. If it had played at the start of the film, I would have been tricked into thinking I was about to see an awesome action B-movie. Which is what I wish this film had been. As it is it's not even a good comedy, let alone good Land of the Lost.
Grade: 1/2 out of 4 crystals
The Reviews Are In...
I'm Just Here for the Sleestaks
The 'Lost' weekend Universal would like to forget
If you are in the mood for laughing at Land of the Lost, there are better ways to do it than this movie
I'm not sure why this lightweight adventure took so much flak
"Land of the Lost" is a dreadful movie that's full of funny moments
Several days after viewing Land of the Lost, my recollection of it is fizzy, like pop rocks in the corner of my mind
Keep your expectations low enough, and you'll enjoy the good parts all the better
Ridiculous, but the good kind of ridiculous
Land of the Lost Revenue
APPARENTLY THE SCREEN WRITERS WERE LOST
The movie's actually not that bad; just don't expect anything mind-blowing
Will Ferrell remains at the mercy of his material
Harry Knowles Taken Aback by his visit to Land of the Lost
Massawyrm laughs at and likes LAND OF THE LOST, but doesn't love it...
A mix of opinions from the IMDB user base
‘Land of the Lost’ With Will Ferrell Should Never Be Found
Amid widespread disdain, I raise my voice in a bleat of lonely, if moderate, admiration - Roger Ebert
Deeply, deeply irritating
Won't necessarily ruin your day
Different than the show, but not exactly a bad thing
Chased by dinosaurs, aliens, and '70s schlock
The MovieSet Ultimate Review of ‘Land of the Lost’
"Land of the Lost" is a silly contrivance of a comedy
In the Land of the Lost it is the kids who end up losing
Finding laughs in the 'Land of the Lost'
This Lost Expedition's Just a Little Too Routine
Stupid humor fossilized in 'Land of the Lost' film
LAND OF THE LOST, going over like a pregnant pole-vaulter
Too raunchy for kids, too dull for anyone else
"Land of the Lost" Is "Anchorman" With Dinosaurs and Aliens
A movie about heroes and the depiction of their journey
Land Of The Lost Movie Review
Should Marshall, Will, and Holly Return to TV Land?
Great Acting and a Humorous Script
‘Land of the Lost,' Indeed; as in, Lost Time
‘Land of the Lost’: The title says it all
Time travel toilet humor meets sci-fi grossout in Brad Silberling's Land Of The Lost
Another TV Remake To Open On The Big Screen
A fun behind-the-scenes look at some scenes as they were being shot - is just me, or does Chaka sound more like Stink from LOTL90?
Will Ferrell says Matt Lauer is "Not the Star" on Today Show Promo for "Land of the Lost" Movie
Will Ferrell on why the Land of the Lost movie changes everything
Danny McBride Talks ‘Land Of The Lost’
Behind the 'Land of the Lost' scenes, there's lewd humor, Sleestaks
Here's some video of the star-studded premiere of Land of the Lost on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Two new video interviews with director Brad Silberling: Canmag and CHUD.
Some new footage from the film from our friends at shockya.com
Megadeth contributes music to the film!
A new trailer for the film
Land of the Laughs - a behind the scenes look at the filming...and also featuring George of landofthelost.com
Anna Friel on Land of the Lost - From canmag.com
Land of the Lost - Set Visit and Will Ferrell Interview - From Movieblog
Land of the Lost On Set Interview: Director Brad Silberling - From the Inland Empire Strikes Back
Land of the Lost On Set Interview: Danny McBride - From the Inland Empire Strikes Back
Set Visit: Land of the Lost! - From JoBlo.com
SET VISIT REPORT: LAND OF THE LOST - From CHUD.com
Time To Enter The Land Of The Lost Week! First Up, The Set Visit! - From Latino Review
Moriarty Visits The LAND OF THE LOST, Part 1! - From Aint it Cool News
Capone, of Ain't it Cool News fame, interviews Brad Silberling shortly after the Comic-Con 08 LOTL panel. Not much new here except that Silberling seems to reveal the Land of the Lost in the movie is an alternate Earth!
Be mindful while navigating Hollywood Boulevard during the Hollywood premiere of Land of the Lost on May 30, 2009.
Report From the test screening of LAND OF THE LOST
Will Farrell as Dr. Rick Marshall has written and performs a very familiar song in this video spoiler from the film.
Watch the Land of the Lost trailer:
Thanks to madeofstars.org!
An anonymous Lostie sent me a summary of a 10/31/07 revision of the Land of the Lost movie script. It appears the summary was originally posted on the Inland Empire Strikes Back website (hi, guys--I live in the Inland Empire myself!) but was removed some time ago "as a courtesy to Universal Pictures"...which basically means they were told to by Universal or their attorneys. So I think I'll refrain from posting the script summary here, but I did find it still on one forum, so you may want to do a search for it.
Reading the review, my worst fears seem to be realized...the script appears to be just as goofy as I'd hoped it WOULDN'T be; though as a Will Farrell flick, admittedly, there wasn't much hope of that. But there are some cool elements in it as well that would have made a pretty cool story in a more dramatic presentation (including homages to scenes from various episodes of the series from both first and second season). It also has a dramatic twist in it I DON'T like, involving a character we're all familiar with, but I won't spoil it for you. And though the script review is not specific, I get the impression that the Pakuni are not ape-like proto-humans, but just a primitive tribe of humans...unless the character of Will is into beastiality because there is a mention of him being in heaven, surrounded by beautiful Pakuni women!
A Total Failure of Imagination - John Kenneth Muir's reflections on...the Land of the Lost movie
Universal's official LOTL Facebook page - some cool fan photos of classic LOTL props, etc. there as well
Universal's official LOTL movie web site: landofthelost.net - Hmmm, I guess landofthelost.com was already taken by someone.
MAJOR MOVIE SPOILERAGE! - Inappropriate Erections And Crazy Skulls In Land Of The Lost
Universal has released a slightly more detailed description of the plot of the movie:
Space-time vortexes suck.
Sucked alongside him
for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel)
and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride) named Will. Chased by T. rex
and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall,
Will and Holly must rely on their only ally—a primate called Chaka
(Jorma Taccone)—to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from
this routine expedition gone awry and they’re heroes. Get stuck, and
they’ll be permanent refugees in the Land of the Lost.
Will Ferrell discusses the special effects of the Land of the Lost movie.
Ferrell and McKay on Land of the Lost - Talladega Nights director Adam McKay says he almost directed LOTL
It seems the author of the above linked article didn't do any research to refresh his memory of the show and find the details of the upcoming film. He makes the somewhat common mistake of referring to Enik as an evolved Sleestak from the future (real Losties know Enik's from the past). As for his details of the movie, he seems to believe that Marshall, Will and Holly are still related and that Rick Marshall is still a forest ranger (in the film he'll be an archaeologist and Will and Holly his unrelated assistant and guide). He also apparently has not seen the Sleestak photos that have been released and that the Enik picture recently released depicts how the Sleestak will look as well.
Land of the Lost Movie Interview - Sid & Marty Krofft SDCC 08 - Another Sid and Marty video interview
Land of the Lost Movie Interview - Brad Silberling SDCC 08 - Another video interview with Brad Silberling
Movie Swag: 'Land of the Lost' T-Shirt and Singing Box - See an AWESOME looking press kit for the film, including Sleestak t-shirt!
LAND OF THE LOST Movie Begins Shooting - featuring some fairly spirited feedback from readers
This is an old article, when Sony had the rights to do a movie that never materialized until Universal came into the picture.
According to Variety, the properties were picked up from the programs’ creators for an amount in the high-six figures. In addition, both projects are being placed on the fast track and will be developed as live-action feature films. An unnamed source tells the trade that both projects are "open writing assignments." The Krofft brothers will act as producers on the films.
H.R. Pufnstuf was a live-action kids show that appeared in the late ‘60s on the NBC TV Network’s Saturday morning kid vid offering. The program told the story of a young boy named Jimmy who finds himself trapped on Living Island, a place where virtually everything is alive (courtesy of some outlandish costumes). Jimmy also has a gold flute that is alive named Freddie, something which is desired by the island’s witch, Witchiepoo. The only thing that stops the witch’s attempts to steal the flute is the island’s mayor, a multi-colored friendly dragon with a country twang voice whose name is Pufnstuf, and the other good residents of the island. Truly, only the ‘60s could have spawned something this strange.
Meanwhile, The Land of the Lost is more familiar terrain, though still very strange. Launched in the ‘70s, also for NBC Saturday morning fare, the series told the ongoing adventures of the Marshall family; a father and his two kids; who fall into an other-dimensional world where dinosaurs still live alongside various bizarre and/or threatening creatures, most prominent of which are the hissing reptilian Sleestaks. Beyond just surviving, the stories followed the family as they learned the strange science involved in this pocket universe as well as their attempts to find a way out and back home.
Way back in April, 1998, Variety reported that scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Man on the Moon) were interested in Pufnstuf. Wonder if they’re still thinking about a return to Living Island?