The Land That Time Forgot (2009 film)

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The Land That Time Forgot
Poster of the movie The Land That Time Forgot.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by C. Thomas Howell
Produced by David Michael Latt
Screenplay by Darren Dalton
Based on Novel:
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring C. Thomas Howell
Timothy Bottoms
Stephen Blackehart
Lindsey McKeon
Anya Benton
Patrick Gorman
Music by Chris Cano
Chris Ridenhour
Cinematography Mark Atkins
Edited by Brian Brinkman
Distributed by The Asylum
Release date
  • July 28, 2009 (2009-07-28)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $600,000

The Land That Time Forgot (promotionally titled Edgar Rice Burrough's The Land That Time Forgot, release in other countries as Dinosaur Island) is a 2009 science fiction film by independent American film studio The Asylum. The film is an adaptation of the 1918 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name, and a re-make of the 1975 film starring Doug McClure.


The film takes place in the present, when two newlywed couples are enjoying a charter boat cruise through the Caribbean. Passing through a bizarre storm, they emerge off the shore of the mysterious island of Caprona.

The island, which seems to exist within a time void inside the Bermuda Triangle, is full of anachronistic inhabitants, including dinosaurs and a crew of a stranded German U-Boat. The newlyweds, along with the charter boat's captain and the Germans, must battle a variety of obstacles to escape from the island and get back to their own time.

At first the plan is to rescue a woman named Karen from the Germans and then take their boat away, but their guides Jude and Conrad betray them and steal the boat, leaving them to the Germans. Eventually, the captain convinces the Germans to work together to get off the island. They are able to free the U-Boat and make diesel fuel from oil on the island. Unfortunately, Frost is left behind as he can't get to the sub in time and his wife Karen joins him on the island again. The sub gets away, but it is unclear if it ever returned to civilization. Frost writes down his story and puts in a thermos and throws it in the ocean. He and Karen have found a life on the island and Karen is pregnant.



The Land That Time Forgot received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. There's no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes but the Want-To-See score is currently 38%. As with many recent Asylum films, this might be considered a low budget mockbuster, made to capitalize on a larger-budgeted film with a similar name - in this case the 2009 film Land of the Lost. However, some critics[who?] and audiences have rated this film as better than Land of the Lost.[citation needed]

See also


External links

  • The Land That Time Forgot announcement at The Asylum
  • The Land That Time Forgot main listing at The Asylum
  • The Land That Time Forgot on IMDb
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