The writing is on the wall—–Land of the Lost is about to flop harder than a dying fish landing on concrete. The terrible reviews are steadily pouring in, and, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily handler Nikki Finke, the online ticket sales for the film are equivalent to those of Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, which doesn’t open for over a month. That’s just embarrassing. This weekend will belong to Up and The Hangover, and there’s nothing that Will Ferrell can do about it.
Is it too late to continue that George Bush schtick? That did earn him a Tony nomination.
Timed with the film’s release this weekend, the Sci-Fi Channel has been airing episodes of the original Land of the Lost television series (1974-1976). It’s actually a brilliant tactic—remind people of how inconceivably horrible the TV show was in order to make Will Ferrell’s new movie version look like Jurassic Park by comparison. Prior to this week’s reruns, I’d only seen bits and pieces of the old show, so the degrees of awful it achieved were lost on me. After watching a shitload of entire episodes (the show is like a Youtube video of a chihuahua humping a stuffed animal….you know it’s bad, but you can’t look away), I can say without a twitch of the face that Land of the Lost is one of cheapest-looking, poorly-acted, laughable TV programs that I’ve ever seen. And I kinda love it for those exact characteristics.