Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
Back when the original Jurassic Park came out, it was a fascinating blend of practical effects and the latest CGI technology. It brought the featured dinosaurs to life in a way that had never been seen before, and that, coupled with a compelling adventure movie plot catapulted it to the top of the box office and ensured that we would be seeing a number of sequels.
Well, with this week’s release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, that number hits four, and although the law of diminishing returns pretty much ensures that by this time the franchise may not have hit rock bottom, but it’s certainly taking that swift slide down the slope.
As a matter of fact, considering how poorly we’ve seen other franchise entries perform of late, (I’m looking at you, Solo), I would only be slightly surprised if this doesn’t prove to be the lowest performing movie in the series yet.
Anyway, here’s your trailer:
So in looking for a movie to double feature with Fallen Kingdom, I thought we’d take a look back to a time when dinosaur special effects were… not up to today’s standards shall we say.
When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth was released in 1970 by Britain’s legendary Hammer Studio. The movie is the story of two ruling prehistoric tribes who are fighting over both territory and, of course, a woman. In this case the woman is former Playmate Victoria Vetri.
As I stated, the effects in the movie are not exactly what would be considered state of the art today, but in 1970, they were actually nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 44th Academy Awards.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!