It’s Irwin Allen Month!

Irwin Allen was a producer and director most known for fantastical science-fiction television shows like Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Land of the Giants as well as a string of disaster movies including The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. For over three decades he thrilled audiences young and old, in their living rooms and in theaters.

I grew up watching his programs in re-run and catching his movies when they came to television. Let me tell you, there’s nothing as frustrating to a kid as waiting through a commercial to see if your favorite aging celebrity would escape fire, flood, or killer bees! His work was a big part of developing my initial entertainment preferences, years before I discovered the joys of cult horror films.

I’d put aside the Irwin Allen canon for decades, but seeing the movie Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea on a 2-fer with Fantastic Voyage a few years ago reignited my passion, and I’ve been enthusiastically rediscovering his productions ever since.

So I dedicate this month to the films of Irwin Allen. Prepare to see an awful lot of moist celebrities!

Review
The Lost World (1960)

Recommendations
Recommended Irwin Allen Films

Trailer Audio
The Lost World (1960)

Mite-y Movie Mention
Flood! (1976)

Mysterious Island (1961) — a Mite-y Movie Mention

Movie

Mysterious Island (1961)

Genres

Action, adventure, science fiction

Source

Based on The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. (Sequel to both Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways.)

Elevator Pitch

Castaways fight giant animals and pirates with the help of Captain Nemo while trying to escape before the island’s volcano erupts.

Reasons to Watch

  • Harryhausen creature effects
  • Joan Greenwood
  • Herbert Lom

Random Observation

Although based on a Jules Verne novel, the giant creatures came in by way of H.G. Welles’ The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth. Nemo is trying to solve world hunger through enlarging food sources, a common misconception about the motivation of the scientists in that book. This is an ironic combination of plots, as Verne despised the lack of scientific basis in Welles’ stories.