Dinosaur Island (1994 film)
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|Directed by||Fred Olen Ray|
|Produced by||Fred Olen Ray|
|Written by||Bob Sheridan|
|Music by||Chuck Cirino|
|Edited by||Wayne Schmidt|
American Independent Productions
|Distributed by||Image Entertainment|
Dinosaur Island is a 1994 B-movie directed by Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski. It is often seen as a low budget rip off of Jurassic Park, although the plot is essentially a remake of 1952's Untamed Women. The movie is well known for its often-panned special effects and large amount of nudity.
An army captain is flying three misfit deserters home for a court martial when the plane has engine trouble and they crash-land in the ocean near an uncharted island. There they find a primitive society of cave women who routinely sacrifice virgins to appease The Great One, the top-dog dinosaur on the island. Mistaken for gods as part of a prophecy, the men must destroy The Great One or face death, but meanwhile they fall in love despite the advice of their Queen, who tries to dissuade them from being corrupted by the outsiders' ways.
- Ross Hagen as Capt. Jason Briggs
- Richard Gabai as John Skeemer
- Antonia Dorian as April
- Griffin Drew as May (as Griffen Drew)
- Michelle Bauer as June
- Peter Spellos as Turbo
- Tom Shell as Wayne
- Steve Barkett as Sgt. Healey
- Toni Naples as Queen Morganna
- Nikki Fritz as High Priestess
- Robin Chaney as Tara
- Wendy Griffen as Warrior Girl
Wynorski and Ray said they rewrote the script entirely. They knew who they were going to cast, employing actors they had worked with before, and tailored the script accordingly. They based the characters of the soldiers on characters in Stripes. Another influence was The War that Time Forgot, part of the Star Spangled War Stories comic book series.
Wynorski later said, "I'd never co-directed a movie before, but it was smooth sailing all the way. When one of us got tired, the other would take over. I'd usually go back to the comfort of the air-conditioned motor home and hang out with the girls. You really can't beat that."
"Roger ended up hating the movie," said Wynorski. "He didn't think the girls in it were pretty and he thought the story was too campy. But it did really well." The film performed better on television than on video.
- Nashawaty, Chris (2013). Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie. Abrams. p. 230.
- By MAITLAND, M. A. (1993, Feb 14). A return to the day when dinosaurs ruled the world. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/109237604
- "EPB02 – DINOSAUR ISLAND". Bad Asses Boobs and Body Counts (Podcast). 1 November 2015.
- "Interview withJim Wynorski". The Old Hockstatter Place.
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