Land Of The Lost Directed by Brad Silberling
Starring Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone
Release date: June 5, 2009
If you were a child of the ’70s, there’s a good chance you were glued to the TV on Saturday mornings waiting impatiently for one of the Krofft-produced series to come on. A favorite with all the kids I knew was Land Of The Lost, about Rick Marshall and his two children, Will and Holly, whose plummet down a waterfall finds them trapped in an alternate dimension populated by bipedal lizard creatures, ape-like cavemen, and dinosaurs. The new Land Of The Lost is based on this children’s television show, but as is the trend these days, instead of being a faithful big-screen adaptation, the movie is more a mockery of the original. When it’s not poking fun at its small-screen predecessor, it’s incessantly winking at it.
While all the names are the same, the characters have been drastically altered and the entire premise changed. Instead of Rick Marshall the dad, he’s now Dr. Rick Marshall, a scientist whose far-out theories about time warps have disgraced him right out of the scientific community, and he’s played greatly for laughs by Will Ferrell. In lieu of two kids, Will (Danny McBride) is now a wannabe casino owner biding his time as a guide at a makeshift tourist attraction and Holly (Anna Friel) is an attractive British graduate student who happens to be the only person who has any faith in Rick’s theories. While testing out one of Will’s theories with his Tachyon amplifier, the trio in their tiny raft go plummeting right into the “land of the lost,” a parallel universe populated with — yup — hostile lizard men (the Sleestaks), ape men (Jorma Taccone), and dinosaurs.
This is one of those shows that I grew up watching and for some strange reason just loving it to death. As far as I’m concerned Land of the Lost is geek T.V. personified. And yeah, I knew just how cheesy it was even then, but that didn’t hamper my enjoyment one bit. I have to admit that I thought watching the SciFi channel’s Land of the Lost marathon the other day might accidentally open my eyes to some kind of ‘wrongness’ about my feelings for it but I gotta say after all these years I STILL love Land of the Lost. Sue me. :P
With the Will Ferrell headed redux heading to theaters this week I’m actually kinda excited… and now it’s time for YOU to get excited too, because we here at Geeks of Doom are giving away a rowboat full of Land of the Lost schwag to two lucky readers!
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive:
One (1) Land of the Lost ‘Chaka’ Backpack
One (1) Land of the Lost Poster
One (1) Land of the Lost T-shirt
One (1) Land of the Lost Women’s T-shirt
One (1) Land of the Lost Hat
One (1) Land of the Lost Carabiner Compass
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One (1) Land of the Lost ‘Chaka’ Backpack
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To coincide with the release of his new adventure comedy, Land of the Lost, Will Ferrell went out to the mountains of Sweden for two days with host Bear Grylls for a special episode of Man vs. Wild.
The adventure included rappelling down a frozen waterfall, making their own snowshoes, and even the show’s infamous hunt for any potential food source — which supposedly includes the eyeballs of a fallen deer.
While not exactly an environment you would imagine Ferrell being in, he called the experience the “thrill of a lifetime.”
Land of the Lost follows an unappreciated paleontologist named Dr. Rick Marshall who, along with his assistant and a not-so-bright tour guide, are inexplicably transported through time to a fantastical land full of dinosaurs and many other creatures, including the monkey people known as Pakuni and lizard-like beings known as Sleestaks.
Hopefully by now you’ve all done our hamster wheel routine to work off that excess holiday weight and recovered from any New Year, Same Hangover you might have battled to the bitter end.
To start things off right, EW has a new issue out with a 2009 preview and a whole bunch of images to go with it. Some of them we’ve seen, but most are new, so below we’ve included some of the better ones to check out and mark on that shiny new Hannah Montana calendar you got for Christmas!
Keep in brain that this is just a taste of some of the movies coming along from the article at EW. There’s many, many more movies coming this year that will undoubtedly garner some excitement in you and I and when they do come, we’ll count our goosebumps together — but for now, enjoy this small little preview of some movies you’re either already thrilled for, or maybe you didn’t know about yet.