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362 Ratings

The Lost World

Directed by Harry O. Hoyt
United States, 1925
Fantasy, Silent, Adventure
  • Silent
  • English


Professor Challenger and a crew of explorers embark on an expedition in search of a mythical plateau in South America. The party is not there long before the jungle reveals its secrets: a primitive ape-man, a Pterodactyl, a massive Brontosaurus, and more monstrous beasts of the Jurassic age.

Our take

A key film in the development of stop motion special effects, The Lost World returns one to a time when special effects had a different level of care involved. Lovingly crafted and acted, The Lost World is a wonderful realization of Arthur Doyle’s classic novel.

The Lost World Directed by Harry O. Hoyt

Critics reviews

As an adaptation, it’s a distinct improvement on the 1960 version… The main casting was impeccable, with Wallace Beery the perfect choice for the powerful, pugnacious Challenger (above) and Lewis Stone for the epitome of British stalwart rectitude.
October 02, 2017
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Flicker Alley’s reconstruction and restoration of Harry O. Hoyt’s The Lost World is remarkable in no small part for making explicit how the 1925 film’s story beats inform those of 1933’s King Kong. Though King Kong has prevailed as the crown jewel of special-effects cinema from the early part of the 20th century, The Lost World definitively and strikingly reveals that directors Meriam C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack weren’t so much inventing a form with King Kong as trying to perfect it.
September 18, 2017
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Largely set in the Amazon, though of course shot in Los Angeles, the film is mostly of the static sound-stage variety, occasionally broken up by special effects shots, but is no less impressive for this. A tacked-on love triangle and the presence of the stout Wallace Beery can only do so much to hold our interest until the first dinosaur, a gracefully swooping pterodactyl, flies into view. But The Lost World still offers the childlike thrill of any later Ray Harryhausen film.
February 03, 2014
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