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Planet of Dinosaurs

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: Film.

Film (1978). Deathbeast Productions. Produced by James K Shea. Creature effects by Doug Beswick and Jim Danforth (uncredited). Directed by Shea. Written by Ralph Lucas from a story by Jim Aupperle. Cast includes Mary Appleseth, Chuck Pennington, Max Thayer and James Whitworth. 84 minutes. Colour.

The future Starship Odyssey suffers a catastrophic accident, from which only one shuttle-craft of survivors escapes to an unexplored planet. Landing in a lake, the shuttle quickly sinks, but the crew escapes, although one crew member is killed by an unseen aquatic Monster. The rest soon learn that this world is much like Earth during the age of the Dinosaurs, and they must struggle to survive. After several more of the party are killed, they slay the most dangerous of these creatures. Rescue is years away, if ever; by the conclusion a primitive colony has been established (see Colonization of Other Worlds). This modest effort works fairly well despite generally poor performances, and the stop-motion dinosaur effects hold up nicely for those not too jaded by modern CGI techniques. [GSt]


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