Release Date: June 7th, 1955
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Written by: Bert I. Gordon, Tom Gries, Al Zimbalist
Music by: Louis Palange, Gene Garf (uncredited)
Cast: William Bryant, Wanda Curtis, Douglas Henderson, Patti Gallagher
Lippert Pictures, 63 Minutes
Bert I. Gordon was one of the most prolific b-movie sci-fi and horror directors of the 1950s and 1960s. While he isn’t as well known as William Castle, he still put out a lot of pictures at the same time. Unfortunately for Gordon, his films aren’t nearly as good as Castle’s and many of them were actually lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000, this being one of those films. He may actually be the director that has the most films riffed on MST3K, as his tally sits at eight… eight!
Gordon had to start somewhere and this is it. King Dinosaur is his first picture, as sole director. He co-directed Serpent Island with Tom Gries a year earlier.
This was not a good start but the film apparently didn’t hurt Gordon, as he continued to direct through the 1980s but none of his later films are really known.
King Dinosaur holds a 1.9 rating on IMDb, which is absolutely abysmal. Is it that bad though? Well, yes.
The picture is incredibly tough to get through, even when watching it on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Some films should be too awful for them to even attempt to make fun of and this should be on that list. It is so boring and horrendous that North Koreans use it to torture South Korean hikers that accidentally cross the border.
There is nothing positive about this film other than its short running time. 63 minutes is still too damn long though. Hell, the trailer below is too damn long.
The movie is a bad mixture of horrendous acting, terrible sound and an overabundance of poorly used stock footage. But at least they used a real snake in a scene, even though it wasn’t exciting or all that suspenseful.
I’d feel bad for Bert I. Gordon but somehow he turned this turd into a long career behind the camera.
Before I end this review, I have to run this rotten turkey through the Cinespiria Shitometer. My trusty machine is a little miffed that I gave it this picture to calculate, however. Oh well, it has one job to do and this is it! Alright, here are the results… King Dinosaur comes out as a “Type 1 Stool: Seperate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass).”