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The Mole People (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | December 1956 (USA)
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

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(as Laszlo Gorog)
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On an archaeological dig in Asia, Dr. Roger Bentley finds a cuneiform tablet referring to an ancient society, the Shadow Dynasty, that was destroyed. An earthquake soon after reveals an ancient artifact and the scientists discover the ruins of an ancient temple world on a remote mountain site. It leads them to an underground world, lost in time, where people have adapted to low light. The High Priest Elinu doesn't welcome the presence of the new arrivals and wants them eliminated. Written by garykmcd

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DEEP INSIDE THE EARTH...A LOST CIVILIZATION...A MILLION YEARS OLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Bajo el signo de Ishtar  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Footage of the mole people was later used in The Wild World Of Batwoman as monsters created by a supervillain. See more »

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As the archaeologists descend underground (long before they reach the "illuminated" cavern), there is far more light than physically possible, even without use of their single flashlight. See more »

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Dr. Roger Bentley: [examining a humanoid skeleton] And this one died as a result of a blow from a heavy blunt instrument.
Dr. Jud Bellamin: That's a sign of higher civilization.
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Opening Credits rise up from a hole in the ground. See more »

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a surprisingly good film
1 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I picked this up at a car-boot sale on VHS for a £1 purely because I remember seeing it advertised in the back of "Famous monsters of film land" in the 1960,s and wondered what it would be like, Well! it,s a lot better than I thought it was going to be.It stands up pretty good when compared to other 50,s shockers like "Tarantula" ."it came from beneath the sea" etc and has some genuine spooky moments .If you like 50,s monster / sci fi films .I recommend you give this one a chance although to my knowledge Universal have not released it on DVD,you may have to check out e bay for a copy or setttle for a VHS version.Well a lost classic in my opinion ,well worth hunting down!


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