SOLD OUT: PLANET OF DINOSAURS (1977) – 16th March, Bristol Improv Theatre

As Adam Driver battles prehistoric beasts in the big budget 65, we opted for a much lower budget alternative – 1977’s Planet of Dinosaurs!

Planet of the Dinosaurs poster

As a child who was obsessed with the stop-motion work of legends like Ray Harryhausen and Willis H. O’Brien, it’s safe to say that if a film features FX that have been crafted with time and care, they’re going to win a special place in our heart. So it is with Planet of Dinosaurs.

This low-budget B-movie from director James K. Shea saw most of the budget spent on the stop motion dinosaurs, which have been deemed so impressive that the footage has been used in numerous other films. So much so that there is a ‘Recycling the dinosaurs from Planet of Dinosaurs’ Letterboxd page.

With most of the money spent on the mosnters, everything else about the film is incredibly cheap – from the actors that seem to have been picked up from the streets of 70s L.A., to the fact they’re filming at Vasquez Rocks where countless episodes of Star Trek were made, to the soft gauze on the film that makes it feel like the film is about to turn into a porno at any second.

We’re betting Adam Driver’s 65 won’t have that problem.

Planet of Dinosaurs trailer

Trapped in a nightmare world of prehistoric monsters! A spaceship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirst buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then.

This film and event is certified ’PG’.

In order to make the event as accessible to as many people as possible, the main feature will be subtitled.

When: 8.00pm (doors open: 7.30pm), Thursday 16th March 2023.

Location: Bristol Improv Theatre, 50 St Paul’s Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP, UK


All tickets : £5 (All profits will go to Travelling Light Theatre Company)

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“Although set in the future, Planet of the Dinosaurs, is pure 1970s camp, with hairstyles and jump-suits that evoke unpleasant memories of the horrible disco era.” – Cinefantastique