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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.

(Edit: 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).
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On May 25th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Oh yeah. Big money. Big, big money.
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On May 25th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC), serizawa3000 commented:
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...
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On May 25th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
! I don't know how I missed that--one more for the Amazon wish list. Thanks!
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On May 25th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC), templarwolf commented:
Again, I am woefully underinformed...

This looks AWESOME!

I would love to see it.
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On May 25th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Me too. Me too.
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On May 25th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC), brainiacfive commented:
Wouldn't hiring a bunch of good writers tend to ruin the effect. :-)
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On May 25th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
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.
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On May 25th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC), jbacardi commented:
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...
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On May 25th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
I retract my statement. Yes, after they're done with the Doc film, they should do this one.
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On May 25th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC), woodwardiocom commented:
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 . . .
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On May 25th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Heh. Yes.

"My raptor is the one with the "bad motherfucker" saddle on it."
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On May 25th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC), ivan23 commented:
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.
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On May 25th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Hell, we'd be done by noon, and have the rest of the day for getting Erica drunk.
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On May 25th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC), santossparky commented:
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.
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On May 25th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Re: Wasn't it a Zeppelin that got to the Earth's Core?
Thanks!

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.
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On May 25th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC), brainiacfive commented:
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.
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On May 25th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
I can't afford it and doubt I could learn to play it...but, boy, is it fun to watch being done well.
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On May 25th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC), pandoras_closet commented:
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.
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On May 25th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
You could always have an exploding volcano wipe out the "continent" at the end of the movie. But a space/time rift works, too.
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On May 25th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC), monkeybrainbook commented:
Holy crow!
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On May 25th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Really--yet another lost opportunity.
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On May 25th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Is this a distant relative of the abandoned Willis O'Brien "War Eagle" project?
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On May 25th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Unrelated as far as I know.

But similar in spirit, surely.

(Another great lost film)
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On May 25th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC), brisance commented:
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.
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On May 25th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
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.
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On May 26th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC), finback commented:
There's a theremin kids can play with at a local science centre. Needless to say, I spend way too much time on it.
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On May 26th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Now *that* is an excellent way to get kids involved.
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On May 26th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC), dianora2 commented:
Greatest title ever, no doubt. So simple, so elegant, so sublime.
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On May 26th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
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?
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