British Army radiation drills at a remote Scottish base attract a subterranean, radioactive entity of unknown nature that vanishes, leaving two severely radiation-burned soldiers... and a "bottomless" crack in the earth. Others who meet the thing in the night suffer likewise, and with increasing severity; it seems to be able to "absorb" radiation from any source, growing bigger and bigger. What is it?? How do you destroy a thing that "feeds" on energy? Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It rises from 2000 miles below the earth to melt everything in its path!
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Did You Know?
The movie began under the direction of Joseph Losey
(working as Joseph Walton), exiled to England because of the Hollywood blacklist. However, when Dean Jagger
arrived he refused to work with a director he thought of as a Communist sympathizer, and Losey was replaced by Leslie Norman
before shooting began. Losey's departure was publicly attributed to "illness". It has also been reported that Losey simply didn't want to make the film and left the project, to be replaced by Norman, who also didn't want to make the film, but did anyway. See more
Near the end when John is backing up the jeep to the pit he is sweating profusely. In the next scene his face is dry. See more
What happened, sir? I don't understand.
Dr. Adam Royston
Peter, I'm afraid I don't either. Yesterday the material in that container was giving a danger-point radiation reading. Now, as you just saw, it's nothing.
But that's impossible! Isn't it?
Dr. Adam Royston
Yesterday I would have said yes, but this fact is inescapable: The energy trapped in that trinium has been sucked right out of it. And furthermore, that window was barred and these doors were locked all night. So whoever it was came in here must be most ... unusual.
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