Film (1968). Hammer/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Carreras. Written by Michael Nash, based on Uncharted Seas (1938) by Dennis Wheatley. Cast includes Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Eric Porter and Darryl Read. 98 minutes. Colour.
A ramshackle freighter wanders into the Sargasso Sea and becomes trapped in a "lost continent" (see Lost Worlds) of seaweed. Passengers and crew then face the onslaught of various menaces, including a giant octopus, a giant crab, carnivorous seaweed and, finally, a Lost Race whose people, descended from Spanish conquistadores, travel in Balloons. Bad but enjoyable, wholly absurd; good art direction. [JB/PN]
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