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Atlantis, the Lost Continent

Released 1961
Distributor MGM

Expense was clearly spared in every department of George Pal’s mystifyingly cheesy follow up to his 1960 hit The Time Machine. Pal had wanted to film Gerald Hargreaves’ fantasy play for years, but MGM only greenlit the project because of the international success of the Italian Hercules movies, and insisted on keeping the budget down. A sequence with Da Vinci-like flying machines was cut because there was no money to properly finish it. Paul Frees narrates the trailer and the movie as well as dubbing two of the supporting roles.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.