29 January 2010

Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies

Back in July, the always fun to read Freddy in Space set in motion a plan to watch all the films listed on a recently watched DVD he'd seen: 'The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made'. So, in between his horror blogging duties, he set out to locate, watch, and review all the titles on that list. Well, ladies and gents, I find that I, too, have a calling to do something just like that.

This morning, I woke up with the strange sensation to watch a VHS that I haven't watched in many, many years. (The exact number eludes me at the moment, but it's overall not all that important) This particular VHS, a replacement of a older edition that I had lost, was a Goodtimes release of the 75-minute trailer compilation feature, Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies. As a wee little lad, I drove my grandma crazy watching that title over, and over, and over, and over again. That and the Neil Diamond Jazz Singer (don't get me started...it was a dark time...).

I love dinosaur movies, and I really, really, really wanna watch all the titles listed here. At least the majority of them are more readily available than the titles on Freddy's list, so that's a high plus. And let's not forget the enormous satisfactions for myself that when I watch that VHS again, I will know that I saw each and every film featured in it (at the moment, I'm probably only watched 35%, which I guess counts as cheating, but I'm giddy enough about the project I just don't care; plus, it sorta counts because I'm re-watching, and thus refreshing my memory).

Included on the list:

01. Journey to the Beginning of Time
02. The Lost World (1960)
03. King Dinosaur
04. The Giant Behemoth
05. The Spider
06. The Giant Gila Monster
07. The Loch Ness Horror
08. The Land that Time Forgot
09. Jack the Giant Killer
10. It Came from Beneath the Sea
11. Them!
12. Valley of the Dragons
13. Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
14. The Giant Claw
15. King Kong (1933)
16. The Valley of Gwangi
17. Tarantula
18. 20 Million Miles to Earth
19. Godzilla vs. The Thing
20. Journey to the Center of the Earth
21. The Crater Lake Monster
22. Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
23. Rodan
24. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
25. Reptilicus
26. The Land Unknown
27. Jason and the Argonauts
28. Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster
29. At the Earth's Core
30. Gorgo
31. Son of Kong
32. King Kong vs. Godzilla
33. One Million Years B.C.
34. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

When will I have time to watch and review each and every one of these, especially with some of these not having official DVD releases? Good question. With school kicking my arse (seriously, Basic Math absolutely sucks - throw a 10,000 word paper my direction any day of the week, don't make me do fractions!), reviews will probably be sporadic, along with reviews of other 2010 releases, etc., etc. But keep checking back for a new review, 'cuz I'm not going to give up on this project. And if it goes as well as I hope it does, perhaps I'll make a attempt at Freddy's '50 Worst Movies Ever Made', a list which features far less films that I've actually seen (heard of a lot of 'em).

Anyone else feeling a little bit giddy about this?

1 comment:

ScottM said...

The first Jurassic Park movie is still amazing. The next two were bad. Stay away from the Carnisaur movies, SCIFY channel bad movies.

For TV Series try Land of the lost, there were two series, both are pretty good. Valley of the dinosaurs was a good cartoon, a little kiddish but good. Dinoriders and Dinosaucers should be avaoided if you can even find them. Oh and the 80's movie Baby, we watched it a lot in Elemetry school and has it's moments.