Dinosaur Island Film Details
Overview: Five downed pilots must contend with hungry prehistoric beasts and lusty cave women on a lush island paradise.
Review: The late night movie channels, home of such vast quantities (and I do mean the last two syllables of the word “quantities”) of tripe, beckon. And I find Dinosaur Island, courtesy of not just Jim Wynorsky, but also Fred Olen Ray. If you recognise those names, you will know exactly the sort of film we’re in for. And it ain’t good. A small group of military men crash land on a tropical-ish island. This island is inhabited by a) dinosaurs (hence the title), and b) attractive young women in fur bikinis. Conveniently, the number of young women is the same as the number of military men. A plot – I can’t believe I have dignified it with the word “plot” – involves fighting the dinosaurs and having sex with the women. Let me say at the outset that this film isn’t entirely without merit. There are actually some witty lines in the script here and there, Antonia Dorian is gorgeous in (and out of) her fur bikini, and there is a fairly large scale dinosaur model/puppet/suit which features. Less praiseworthy, but worth remarking on, are the presence of Michelle Bauer (overexposed in more ways than several, but still decorative) and Griffin Drew (including implants), and a small quantity of extremely bad stop-frame animation used to bring certain dinosaurs to, er, life. The big trick used here, though, is forced perspective. Thus, there is no need to finance a giant egg prop – you use a normal egg near the camera and have your actors 50 yards away point in the right direction to make it look as if they are pointing at the egg near the camera. Or they run away, as if chased by a dinosaur, while a small scale dinosaur close to the camera is manipulated to look as though it is chasing them. Of course, it helps if both the close and distant items are focused the same. And it helps as if the dinosaur model doesn’t look as if you just bought it from a toy shop. And it helps if your models aren’t grounded in normal sized (and scaled) foliage, thus making them look like the models they are. The cheap, tatty special effects are dreadful. The film as a whole is preposterous. And yet it has a cheesy good nature which makes it oddly appealing…
Country: United States
Duration: 85 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Also known as: Die Insel der Riesendinosaurier,Dinosaur Island,Остров динозавров,La isla de los dinosaurios,Το Νησί των Δεινοσαύρων,To nisi ton dinosavron,Die Insel der Dinosaurier,Jurashikku amazonesu