On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway crash-land in a crater 1000 m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated. Written by
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This was originally set to be an expensive sci-fi epic shot in color with a large cast and Jack Arnold directing. Arnold actually began pre-production work when Universal decided to slash the budget, shoot it in black-and-white instead of color and changed (and reduced) the cast, turning it from a big-budget "A" picture to a low-budget "B" picture. Arnold withdrew from the project and Universal assigned it to one of its contract directors, Virgil W. Vogel. See more »
As Dr. Carl is kidnapping Maggie and bringing her to his cave for the first time, we see a long shot of the mouth of the cave - look close and you can see the rubber raft that Maggie will row there later in the film, tied up next to Dr. Carl's reed boat. At this point the rubber boat should be back at camp, with the crew. See more »
Your goal, gentlemen: Antarctica. Five million square miles of terra incognate, but your job to make it just a little less incognate.
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Long before the Jurassic Park movies, Universal made this excellent low budget movie.
An expedition to the South Pole by helicopter ends up in a deep crater in the frozen wastes after colliding with a pterodactyl. At the bottom of the crater they discover a land unchanged since prehistoric times.
Dinosaurs roaming this land include a T-Rex, a plesiosaur and enlarged lizards which for a change are not stock footage from One Million BC (1940). Other dangers include man-eating plants and a man who has been living in a cave there for 10 years after another expedition went wrong.
In the end, the helicopter is repaired and all escape, including the man who was there for 10 years.
This movie stars former Tarzan actor Jock Mahoney who plays a good part. The special effects are good as is the music.
I found this movie very enjoyable and is worth seeing.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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