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Favorite Prehistoric Films
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester and Daniel Richter
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest.
Note: the prehistoric scenes are at the beginning of the film.
Ice Age (2002)
Directors: Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano and Goran Visnjic
With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters, Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth, find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends.
King Kong (2005)
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann and Jamie Bell
In 1933s New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey
Starring: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert and Robert Brown
Caveman Tumak is banished from his savage tribe. He finds a brief home among a group of gentle seacoast dwelling cave people until he is banished from them as well. Missing him, one of their women, Loana leaves with him, deciding to face the harsh prehistoric world with its monsters and volcanos as a couple.
Quest for Fire (1981)
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi and Rae Dawn Chong
Three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source.
The Lost World (1925)
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes and Lewis Stone
The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.
10,000 BC (2008)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan, Cliff Curtis and Omar Sharif (narrator)
A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.
Director: Henry Levin
Starring: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl and Diane Baker
Professor Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the centre of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
Director: Kevin Connor
Starring: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon and Keith Barron
During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.
At the Earth's Core (1976)
Director: Kevin Connor
Starring: Doug McClure, Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro and Cy Grant
A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
Director: Kevin Connor
Starring: Patrick Wayne, Doug McClure, Sarah Douglas and Dana Gillespie
Major Ben McBride organises a mission to the Antarctic wastes to search for his friend who has been missing in the region for several years. McBride's party find themselves in a world populated by primitive warriors and terrifying prehistoric creatures, all of whom they must evade in order to get back safely to their ship.
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
Director: Jim O'Connolly
Starring: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson and Laurence Naismith
A Wild West show star and a British paleontologist find The Forbidden Valley and encounter a litany of living dinosaurs. The cowboy seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex, known as Gwangi by the gypsies, and putting it in a Mexican circus.
Director: Tim Cox
Starring: Vincent Ventresca, Constantin Draganescu, Summer Glau and Tom Skerritt
In the sleepy town of Blackwater, Louisiana a meteor streaks across the sky and crashes through the roof of the local Natural History Museum. No one realizes that the meteor is actually a spaceship containing a shape-shifting life form. In order to adapt to Earth's atmosphere, the life form latches on to the first organism it comes in contact with - a partially frozen Woolly Mammoth. The town quickly finds itself overrun by the alien-possessed mammoth.
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