First Look: LAND OF THE LOST’s Sleestaks!

I was never a big fan of the Sid and Marty Kroft-produced TV series Land Of The Lost as a kid. I thought that Marshall, Will and Holly – the three whitewater rafters stranded in a strange world full of dinosaurs – were boring and more than a bit stupid at times. And don’t even start me on the Neanderthal boy Chaka.

However, I would still tune in every Saturday morning, just to see if that week’s episode would have an appearance by the evil and creepy Sleestaks.

Of course, looking back now, its easy to see that they were just some guys in rather tatty costumes, but as a kid, the way they awkwardly shuffled along with their hissing breath made them the coolest villains on TV.

Fortunately, for his big screen adaptation of the 1970s series, director Brad Silberling has kept the Sleestaks’ iconic look, while updating the costuming to add a bit more realism. Don’t believe me? Check out this photo, which appeared in today’s USA Today.

The sleestaks will menace Will Farrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel next summer.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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