The Lost World
The Lost World (1925)

Based on a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry O. Hoyt's silent adventure film remains notable for its early use of stop-motion special effects. Wallace Beery stars as Professor Challenger, a scientist who leads an African expedition… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 1997
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Harry Hoyt directed, combining incredible special effects (the monsters) and unbearable melodrama (the actors).

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Great fun in itself -- and a clear forebear of the Jurassic Park films.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Highly entertaining, if somewhat clumsy, silent special effects film.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

As soon as the thrilling sequences are reached, where the explorers are seen in the supposed habitat of the living dinosauri, brontosauri, allosauri and other prehistoric monsters, there is no end of excitement.

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Mark Bourne

It built the mold for much of what came afterward, and those of us who enjoy fantastical films have much to thank it and Willis O'Brien for.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

The main attraction, however, is Willis H. O'Brien's pre-King Kong stop motion monster effects.

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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out

The film retains a certain naive wonderment, the story (Eurocentric as it may be) still holds up, and Wallace Beery is an inimitably hirsute Professor Challenger.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The tremendous special effects of Willis O'Brien, who later did the same for King Kong, make this film essential viewing for film historians.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A ready team of adventurers, a mysterious diary, a trip to someplace totally exotic, someplace in South America, and crazy rumors about live dinosaurs ... no,… More
_kelly .King
This is an essential film for students. May seem a bit intolerably slow, which is why I always screen it at 1.5x or 2x the speed which makes the action a lot… More
Phil Hubbs
How many firsts can one film have? this historic movie is the first adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel of the same name. It was the first dinosaur… More
Dillon Lupky
Really nothing more than a typical adveunture film, but very innovative special effects that would later greatly influence King Kong.
Aj V
Slightly better than all the other mysterious dinosaur island movies that have been made since. It's watchable, it has good special effects, and has a… More
Caesar Mendez
I've always been fond of silent movies ever since I saw my first Charlie Chaplin short movie as a kid. So going into The Lost World I was excited as little… More