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Did everyone except me know about this, Part 74
The poster to the tragically-unmade Hammer film Zeppelin v Pterodactyls
(Ganked from Airminded
, which will be of minority interest to most of you, but of great interest to a few).
Airminded provides a link
to this plot summary:
"The story was along the lines of THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, with a German Zeppelin being blown off-course during a bombing raid on London and winding up at a “lost continent”-type place."Zeppelin v Pterodactyls
would have been the Hammer version of David Allen
's Raiders of the Stone Rings
, later called The Primevals
Ah, what might have been.
Of course, what we need now is the sfx team behind Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
to hire a good team of writers and make Zeppelin v Pterodactyls
: Forgot to add: last night I got to see a theremin played live--the theme to High Anxiety
and the "Creation of the Monster" sequence from Bride of Frankenstein
|"Hard Drive Dub," Burnt Friedman|
I'd just never seen that image in color until now. It was in Donald F. Glut's The Dinosaur Scrapbook. This HUGE book about dinosaurs in pop culture. It was published in 1980, so a bit of me wishes that Glut could revise the book at some point...
! I don't know how I missed that--one more for the Amazon wish list. Thanks!
Wouldn't hiring a bunch of good writers tend to ruin the effect. :-)
Nah. :-) Hiring good writers for something like this is like adding spices to soup. You can make soup without it, and it will be edible, but it won't be nearly as good.
Of course, what we need now is the sfx team behind Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow to hire a good team of writers and make Zeppelin v Pterodactyls.
After they're done with their Doc Savage movie.
I like to think I'm fairly up on my Hammer flicks, but I had never heard of this one. Sounds like it would have been very cool...
I retract my statement. Yes, after they're done with the Doc film, they should do this one.
Wow, that art reeks of Don Lawrence, doesn't it?
The sequel, of course, would be Raptors on a Zeppelin, starring Sam Jackson as the brilliant native of the Lost Continent who seizes the zep' from the Nazis by infesting it with his trained raptors . . .
"My raptor is the one with the "bad motherfucker" saddle on it."
LOST! In a WORLD they never MADE!
Two BRAVE PTERODACTYLS fight for TRUTH and JUSTICE against damnable KRAUT-EATING BASTARDS!
NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED during the INCREDIBLE EGG-LAYING SCENE!
Jess, we could write this damn thing ourselves. In a day. Given enough meth and bourbon.
Hell, we'd be done by noon, and have the rest of the day for getting Erica drunk.
Wasn't it a Zeppelin that got to the Earth's Core?
Dirigible O-220 is how Tarzan & company make it to Pellucidar after a Gridley-wave plea for help from David Innes.
It was that damn u-boat that took Doug McGlure to lost continent of Caprona. I think the irony was that the main young American hero's father built it at the family shipyard.
Bless you and Warren Ellis for sharing this image.
Re: Wasn't it a Zeppelin that got to the Earth's Core?
It's been so long since I read any of the Pellucidar books that I don't remember that at all. Time for a reread, I guess.
Jealous about the theremin. I haven't a muscial bone in my body, but I'm entranced by that thing. I've researched getting one, but never quite justified the expenditure... of time or money.
I can't afford it and doubt I could learn to play it...but, boy, is it fun to watch being done well.
I'd write the movie, but the lost continent thing just doesn't work anymore to my mind.
Personally, I prefer a good rift in space/time.
You could always have an exploding volcano wipe out the "continent" at the end of the movie. But a space/time rift works, too.
— On January 24th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
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On May 25th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Is this a distant relative of the abandoned Willis O'Brien "War Eagle" project?
Unrelated as far as I know.
But similar in spirit, surely.
(Another great lost film)
Theremins is awesome. And could so be worked into this movie.
A bicycle-powered theremin on the Zeppelin, which they use to mimic the mating cries of the pterodactyls, lures them in. The hero slashes the sides of the Zeppelin, releasing the gas, holds up a torch, and everything is blown to hell. Plucky heroine is watching from the ground, weeps, but the hero has leapt away with the experimental glider wings that they originally tried to use to pretend to be the leader of the pterodactyls and lure them into a death spiral into a volcano until they realized the damn things don't flock together like geese. Glides down next to her, dazzling smile, smooches all around. Fade to black.
Now, where's my bottle of tequila? Empty? Even the worm's gone? Damn.
You're brilliant. All I was going to do was have the theremin provide the sound effects for Swinton's scenes. But the theremin used to mimic the ptero's mating cries? Brilliant.
There's a theremin kids can play with at a local science centre. Needless to say, I spend way too much time on it.
Now *that* is an excellent way to get kids involved.
Greatest title ever, no doubt. So simple, so elegant, so sublime.
Like "Snakes on a Plane," it's a title that almost demands that the film not be made--how could it live up to the title?
This has absolutely nothing to do with your post. But you, owning rats, are the only one I even vaguely know who might appreciate the beauty of this:Rat Soccer
I am proud to say that I know that trainer.
Made of freaking awesome--thanks very much for sending me that! I know several rat-owners who will love it.
I just added you to my friends list. I hope you don't mind - I noticed that your posts included some on alternate history, which I find to be a fascinating subject. Unlike you, I'm not much of a writer and I'm not very knowledgeable about fiction or popular culture. I became interested in alternate history as a sort of side effect of being a history major and an unofficial "history geek".
Not at all--welcome aboard!
(I'm also a GSLIS grad, btw).
Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls (1936) - a Republic Serial
Have you guys seen the Republic Pictures serial from 1936 called Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls? I think that's where Hammer got the idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2PkY3zSuw4
(Actually I got the idea from you and mashed-up a bunch of old public domain serials, trying to make it look like something from 1936. Except for a few anachronisms and inside jokes. Hope you like it.)