Hollow Earth films

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 23 Oct 2011 | updated - 15 Mar 2013 | Public

The world is hollow like an Easter Egg (of there are deep systems of tunnels we don't know about - the Honeycomb Earth) and these films reveal what lies within, honest. ;)

Inclusion criteria: I'm mainly aiming at those films (and TV shows) that feature some unknown or lost world beneath the surface of the Earth. Tunnelling and travelling to the Earth's centre, might only count if they encounter something strange down there but may count if they

See also: Subterranean horror.

Further reading: The ever-reliable TV Tropes has sections on Hollow World.

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1. The Phantom Empire (1935)

Approved | 245 min | Musical, Sci-Fi, Western

6.4
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When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross, Dorothy Christy

Votes: 358

2. Lost Horizon (1937)

Unrated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 10,272

Not Hollow Earth per se but Shamballah is often connected to the Hollow Earth.

3. Unknown World (1951)

Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.9
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Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Bruce Kellogg, Otto Waldis, Jim Bannon, Tom Handley

Votes: 715

4. The Mole People (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.8
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A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier

Votes: 2,486

5. The Brain Eaters (1958)

60 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

4.0
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Strange things are happening in Riverdale, Illinois. A huge, seemingly alien structure has been found jutting out of the earth. Sent to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno VeSota | Stars: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe, Joanna Lee

Votes: 946

6. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 12,933 | Gross: $10.00M

The classic adaptation against which all others are measured (and fail, so far).

7. Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1961)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.0
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Maciste arranges for himself and his new friend Bangor to be captured by a mysterious band of white-clad marauders and taken to an underground city. There the two are forced to turn an ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Leonviola | Stars: Mark Forest, Moira Orfei, Paul Wynter, Gianni Garko

Votes: 208

8. First Men in the Moon (1964)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson

Votes: 4,187

Features a Hollow Moon

9. Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.6
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A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. ... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Viviane Ventura, Robert Ayres, Peter Arne

Votes: 568

10. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967–1969)

30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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Stars: Ted Knight, Pat Harrington Jr., Jane Webb

Votes: 74

11. At the Earth's Core (1976)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Fantasy

5.2
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A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Doug McClure, Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro, Cy Grant

Votes: 3,390

12. Daikû maryû Gaikingu (1976–1977)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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When alien invaders from the planet Zela arrive, Earth's only defense is the super robot Gaiking and the Great Space Dragon.

Stars: Akira Kamiya, Hidekatsu Shibata, Kan Tokumaru, Keaton Yamada

Votes: 60

13. A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1977 TV Movie)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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A scrap of paper found in an ancient book allows Professor Lidenbrock to prove his theory that life exists deep in the interior of the earth.

Director: Richard Slapczynski | Stars: Ron Haddrick, Alistair Duncan, Bevan Wilson, Lynette Curran

Votes: 54

14. What Waits Below (1984)

PG | 88 min | Action, Horror

4.9
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The U.S. government has been using deep caves in Central America as bases for a special type of radio transmitter used for communicating with submaries. When the signal from one of these ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Robert Powell, Timothy Bottoms, Lisa Blount, Richard Johnson

Votes: 366

15. Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (1985–1987)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.2
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Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeanine Forney, Chris Benard, Amandine Rajau, Louis Arbessier

Votes: 562

16. Alien from L.A. (1988)

PG | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

3.1
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A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Kathy Ireland, William R. Moses, Richard Haines, Don Michael Paul

Votes: 3,065

17. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988)

PG | 100 min | Adventure

2.8
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Young people exploring a cave in Hawaii fall into a hole, wind up in the lost city of Atlantis.

Directors: Rusty Lemorande, Albert Pyun | Stars: Nicola Cowper, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Paul Carafotes, Janie du Plessis

Votes: 851

18. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
Episode: Journey to the Center of Acme Acres (1990)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.8
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Buster and Babs set out to set out to rescue Hamton and Plucky from a crevice left by an earthquake and discover the source of the recent tremblings of the ground.

Director: Art Leonardi | Stars: Charlie Adler, Tress MacNeille, Joe Alaskey, Frank Welker

Votes: 29

19. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1993 TV Movie)

90 min | Sci-Fi

3.1
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Taking the title from the novel by Jules Verne, this story takes his basic premise of the desire to travel to the center of the Earth. The travelers, using their craft, penetrate an active ... See full summary »

Director: William Dear | Stars: David Dundara, Farrah Forke, Kim Miyori, John Neville

Votes: 644

20. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1996 TV Movie)

45 min | Animation

5.8
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Director: Laura Shepherd | Stars: Clara Blye, Don Francks, Jennifer Martini, James Rankin

Votes: 16

21. The First Men in the Moon (1997 Video)

Not Rated | 45 min | Sci-Fi

7.8
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Alien Voices production of H.G. Well's The First Men In The Moon Starring Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie

Director: Jack Fletcher | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie, Ethan Phillips

Votes: 33

22. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)

Unrated | 178 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

5.7
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Remake of Jules Verne's classic story finds adventurers seeking a mysterious hidden land. They are joined by the wife of another man, who had previously gone on a similar expedition and disappeared.

Stars: Treat Williams, Jeremy London, Tushka Bergen, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 2,210

23. Les voyages extraordinaires de Jules Verne - Voyage au centre de la terre (2001 TV Movie)

48 min | Animation, Adventure

7.2
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Professor Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel set out on the animated adventure of a lifetime when they journey to the center of the Earth.

Director: Zoltán Szilágyi Varga | Stars: Pierre Richard, Erico Salamone, Carole Baillien, Nicole Valberg

Votes: 30

24. Marebito (2004)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.1
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50 Metascore

A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa

Votes: 4,270 | Gross: $0.01M

Draws on the ideas of Richard Shaver.

25. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Biography

4.2
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Director: Alex Kirby | Stars: Adrian Bouchet, Peter Cadwell, Jared Morgan

Votes: 6

26. Hot Rocks (2004– )

Documentary

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Star: Iain Stewart

Votes: 33

27. Spider Riders (2005– )

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Comedy

5.4
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A bunch of these guys that ride around on giant arachnids to try and stop that bad guys! The badguys are really evil, and ride scorpions, and the spiders talk!

Stars: Cameron Ansell, Melanie Tonello, Yui Makino, Lawrence Bayne

Votes: 125

28. Spider Riders (2005– )
Episode: Spider Rider's Ball! (2006)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

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Every child in the city is playing with a sparkling sphere but Princess Sparkle. After Hunter discovers where the children found the spheres and gets one for her, Sparkle is afraid to tell ... See full summary »

Directors: Yuuki Arie, Takaaki Ishiyama, Kôichi Mashimo | Stars: Cameron Ansell, Melanie Tonello

29. Beyond Lemuria (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 120 min | Sci-Fi

5.8
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Beyond Lemuria is an allegory of good and evil intentions. Two groups of mystic seekers are played by the same actors. The sinister "Draconians" search for ancient super-scientific secrets ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Jednack | Stars: Merrick Rees Hamer, Chris Sanders, Emily Moore, Ed Fitch

Votes: 28

30. Saul of the Mole Men (2007)

TV-14 | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Stars: Josh Gardner, Dana Snyder, Peter Girardi, Hugh Davidson

Votes: 725

Tongue-in-cheek take on the Hollow Earth-style stories shown on Adult Swim.

31. Spider Riders: Yomigaeru taiyou (2007– )

Animation

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Stars: Yu Asakawa, Masumi Asano, Saeko Chiba, Shigeru Chiba

32. Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.

Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Kana Asumi, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 10,299

33. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.8
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57 Metascore

On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

Director: Eric Brevig | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, Seth Meyers

Votes: 96,497 | Gross: $101.70M

34. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

4.2
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An heiress hires an anthropologist/adventurer to track down her husband who has disappeared while searching for a mythic passage to the center of the earth.

Director: T.J. Scott | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Victoria Pratt, Peter Fonda, Steven Grayhm

Votes: 1,432

35. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 Video)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

2.8
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A California research institute is performing a teleportation experiment to send their military research team to Stuttgart, Germany. But something goes wrong, and the team ends up at the ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Jones, Scott Wheeler | Stars: Greg Evigan, Dedee Pfeiffer, Jennifer Dorogi, Sara Tomko

Votes: 653

36. Sanctuary (2008–2011)

44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.4
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Stem cells, gene therapy, transplants, and cloning have changed the definition of "humanity" in the modern world, but the darker side contains monsters that only few are brave enough to face, because the future lies in their hands.

Stars: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl, Ryan Robbins

Votes: 16,744

37. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.0
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50 Metascore

When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.

Directors: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier | Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Eunice Cho

Votes: 187,087 | Gross: $196.57M

38. The First Men in the Moon (2010 TV Movie)

88 min | Sci-Fi

6.1
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In 1969 the Apollo moon landing is to be televised internationally but at a country fair in England a small boy named Jim meets the 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells him that,in 1909,as ... See full summary »

Director: Damon Thomas | Stars: Rory Kinnear, Mark Gatiss, Alex Riddell, Peter Forbes

Votes: 857

39. Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012 Video)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.1
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Researchers in Antarctica are abducted by a team of masked storm troopers. They are dragged deep underground to a hidden continent in the center of the earth. Here Nazi survivors, their ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph J. Lawson | Stars: Dominique Swain, Jake Busey, Joshua Michael Allen, Christopher Karl Johnson

Votes: 3,188

40. City of Ember (2008)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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58 Metascore

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Toby Jones, Bill Murray, David Ryall

Votes: 57,127 | Gross: $7.87M

41. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Directors: Mario Bava, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo, George Ardisson

Votes: 1,274

42. Hoshi o ou kodomo (2011)

TV-14 | 116 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Hilary Haag, Corey Hartzog, Leraldo Anzaldua, David Matranga

Votes: 9,783