Hollow Earth filmsby 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
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 »
2. Lost Horizon (1937)
Unrated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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?
Not Hollow Earth per se but Shamballah is often connected to the Hollow Earth.
3. Unknown World (1951)
Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.
4. The Mole People (1956)
Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.
5. The Brain Eaters (1958)
60 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
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 »
6. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
G | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.
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
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 »
8. First Men in the Moon (1964)
Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Features a Hollow Moon
9. Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)
Not Rated | 91 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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 »
11. At the Earth's Core (1976)
PG | 89 min | Adventure, Fantasy
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.
13. A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1977 TV Movie)
60 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
14. What Waits Below (1984)
PG | 88 min | Action, Horror
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 »
15. Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (1985–1987)
TV-Y7 | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
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 »
16. Alien from L.A. (1988)
PG | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
Journey to the Center of Acme Acres
TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
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.
19. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1993 TV Movie)
90 min | Sci-Fi
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 »
22. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)
Unrated | 178 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
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.
23. Les voyages extraordinaires de Jules Verne - Voyage au centre de la terre (2001 TV Movie)
48 min | Animation, Adventure
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.
24. Marebito (2004)
R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.
Votes: 4,270 | Gross: $0.01M
Draws on the ideas of Richard Shaver.
Spider Riders (2005– )
Spider Rider's Ball!
TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
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 »
29. Beyond Lemuria (2007 Video)
Not Rated | 120 min | Sci-Fi
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 »
30. Saul of the Mole Men (2007)
TV-14 | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Tongue-in-cheek take on the Hollow Earth-style stories shown on Adult Swim.
32. Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007)
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.
33. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 96,497 | Gross: $101.70M
34. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 TV Movie)
90 min | Action, Adventure, Family
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.
35. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008 Video)
PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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 »
36. Sanctuary (2008–2011)
44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
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.
37. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 187,087 | Gross: $196.57M
38. The First Men in the Moon (2010 TV Movie)
88 min | Sci-Fi
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 »
39. Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012 Video)
R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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 »
40. City of Ember (2008)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 57,127 | Gross: $7.87M
41. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.
42. Hoshi o ou kodomo (2011)
TV-14 | 116 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.