Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)

Planet of Dinosaurs (1977) 84min | Sci-Fi, Drama | 27 August 1979 (Sweden) Summary: A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that ... See full summary¬†¬Ľ
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Two things to note before I discuss the movie. Ha! Listen to me! “Discuss”. I’m just going to throw some notes together so that I don’t have to fill up my memory palace with movies any more. (It’s kind of full. And badly organised.)

First thing to note. That movie poster is a goddam dirty lie. In fact, I scrolled through all the posters on IMDb and only one has any resemblance to the reality of the move.

I bet a Dinosaur has something to say about this.

Let’s cut to a Dinosaur for a comment.

Well. That says it all really. I can’t help but agree.

Second thing to note. This was, of course, a RiffTrax viewing. It is, of course, the ONLY way that I could ever recommend watching this.

So, what to say about this? In brief, a crew of a spaceship are going somewhere. I mean, I’m assuming they’re going somewhere. You see, this is the only downside of RiffTrax, is that sometimes they’re riffing over the movie so you can’t hear all the dialogue word for word. I could be an utter pedant and point out that a great movie would make it clear what was happening without the need for dialogue, but if this was a great movie, would it be a RiffTrax cover? Too philosophical to handle here.

Let’s just assume they’re going somewhere.

And then something happens, and they crash land on a planet, uncertain whether they’ve been able to send a distress signal.

Again, the same caveat applies to the ‘something happens’ because I’m damned if I know what it was.

Then the crew are there, dazed and somewhat damp (not in a good way) on the shore of a great lake on an unknown planet, where fortunately there is air they can breathe and water they can drink and food that they can mostly eat. I say ‘fortunately’ because the first thing the captain does is make the surviving crew embark upon an epic trek into the dry barren wilderness (away from the lake and their sunken ship and nearly all their equipment).

In the ensuing struggle for survival on a hostile world, their crew must face and confront sexism and mutiny. There is no racism because none of the cast are people of colour. Oh, and there are sometimes dinosaurs.

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