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Film / The Lost Continent

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The Lost Continent is a 1968 Hammer Films fantasy adventure movie directed by Michael Carreras, based on the novel Uncharted Seas by Dennis Wheatley. The film deals with a group of passengers on a ship that gets lost in the Sargasso Sea (a Bermuda Triangle-like part of the North Atlantic Ocean) alongside giant sea monsters and Spanish Conquistadores.

Not to be confused with the 1951 American film Lost Continent.


This film provides examples of:

  • Brown Face: Most of the Spanish characters are Anglo-Saxons with brown make-up.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Lots and lots of ghost ships.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Giant crab monsters are part of the deathly fauna.
  • Giant Squid: The giant octopus (and is a Cyclops too).
  • Left Hanging: The movie has an Open Ending as is never shown if the characters manage to return to civilization.
  • Man-Eating Plant: the Seaweed.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The antagonists are a remnant of a fleet of Spanish Conquistadors who got trapped in the Sargasso Sea for centuries. Not a single actor of said faction has a Spanish accent, or can say a single Spanish word fluently.
  • Sea Monster: The giant crabs and the octopus.
  • Sexual Extortion: A character finds out that a woman passenger robbed some money and blackmails her sexually.