Release dateAugust 15, 1983 (1983-08-15) (U.S.) WriterTerry Marcel (original story and screenplay), Harry Robertson (original story and screenplay) ScreenplayTerry Marcel, Harry Robertson CastKay Lenz (Carrie Madison), Peter O'Farrell (Malachi), John Saxon (Kleel), Richard Hatch (Dan) Similar moviesJaws, Black Hawk Down, She's All That, Bad Santa, Shaolin, Black Cat, White Cat
Prisoners of the Lost Universe is a low budget 1983 film set in a parallel universe and filmed in South Africa.
Three people are transported to another world when an earthquake occurs just as the scientist is experimenting with his "matter" transmitter. The trio must escape the strange world of Vonya while dealing with a number of villains.
Prisoners of the lost universe 1983 trailer
TV personality Carrie Madison goes to visit crackpot scientist Dr. Hartmann who has invented a teleporter to another dimension. On the way she gets into a car accident with electrician Dan Roebuck, mainly caused by earthquake tremors, which effectively destroys Dan's pickup, and they argue. While demonstrating his machine to Carrie, Hartmann disappears. Dan comes to the house looking for help; while he and Carrie examine the machine they, too, disappear. Carrie finds herself alone in what appears to be a prehistoric world in a parallel universe, called Vonya, where time runs differently. Unable to find the Doctor, Dan and Carrie must figure out a way to get back home. Before they can do that, however, they must deal with tribes of savage cavemen, as well as a brutal warlord named Kleel who has taken a liking to Carrie and seems to be unusually well-supplied with Earth technology...
Richard Hatch – Dan
Kay Lenz - Carrie Madison
John Saxon - Kleel
Peter O’Farrell - Malachi
Ray Charleson - The Greenman
Kenneth Hendel - Dr Hartmann
Philip Van der Byl - The Manbeast
Dawn Abraham - Shareen
Ron Smerczac - Head Trader
Charles Comyn - Treet
Ian Steadman - 1st Prisoner
Bill Flynn - 2nd Prisoner
Danie Voges - Giant Nabu
Myles Robertson - Waterbeast
In other media
An edited version of the film is featured in an episode of This Movie Sucks! where it is made fun of by Ed the Sock, Ron Sparks, and Liana K. It is one of the few episodes of the season where the entire show is dedicated to one full movie instead of two movies edited down into a "double feature"; though a Popeye the Sailor Man cartoon was also played for time.
Scenes from this film were used to form the introductory credits for the Film Ventures International re-release of the unrelated TV film The Stranger.
On 22 May 2012 RiffTrax released Prisoners of the Lost Universe with comedic audio commentary provided by Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.
In 2011, Jay Bauman of Red Letter Media conducted a short interview with main star Richard Hatch at CyPhaCon in Lake Charles, Louisiana, of which Hatch was a regular attendee. To prepare for the interview, Bauman dresses up as the film's main character Dan. Clips from the film play throughout the video as Hatch expresses comical dismay at being interviewed about the subject.
Prisoners of the Lost Universe is registered as copyright to Samuel Goldwyn Company in the United States Copyright Office database.