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THURSDAY 16TH MARCH | 20:00 (DOORS OPEN 19:30)
As Adam Driver battles prehistoric beasts in the big budget 65, we opted for a much lower budget alternative – 1977’s Planet of Dinosaurs!
As a child who was obsessed with the stop-motion work of legends like Ray Harryhausen and Willis H. O’Brien, it’s safe to say that if a film features FX that have been crafted with time and care, they’re going to win a special place in our heart. So it is with Planet of Dinosaurs.
This low-budget B-movie from director James K. Shea saw most of the budget spent on the stop motion dinosaurs, which have been deemed so impressive that the footage has been used in numerous other films. So much so that there is a ‘Recycling the dinosaurs from Planet of Dinosaurs’ Letterboxd page.
With most of the money spent on the monsters, everything else about the film is incredibly cheap – from the actors that seem to have been picked up from the streets of 70s L.A., to the fact they’re filming at Vasquez Rocks where countless episodes of Star Trek were made, to the soft gauze on the film that makes it feel like the film is about to turn into a porno at any second.
We’re betting Adam Driver’s 65 won’t have that problem.
Trapped in a nightmare world of prehistoric monsters! A spaceship 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 there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirsty buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then.
This film and event is certified ’PG’. Please note, any guests under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
In order to make the event as accessible to as many people as possible, the main feature will be subtitled.
“Although set in the future, Planet of the Dinosaurs, is pure 1970s camp, with hairstyles and jump-suits that evoke unpleasant memories of the horrible disco era.” – Cinefantastique
All tickets: £5 (All profits will go to Travelling Light Theatre Company)