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At the Earth's Core (1976)

PG | | Adventure, Fantasy | July 1976 (USA)
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.

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David Innes
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Dr. Abner Perry
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Cy Grant ...
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Godfrey James ...
Ghak
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Hoojah
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Maisie
Anthony Verner ...
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Jubal
Bobby Parr ...
Sagoth Chief
Andee Cromarty ...
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A Victorian scientist and his young American backer set off in their new earth-boring machine with a short test on a Welsh mountain. Unfortunately the thing is rather more powerful than expected and they end up in an enormous cavern at the centre of the earth. Here they find a race of humans enslaved to evil oversized prehistoric birds with extra-sensory abilities. The travellers decide they can be some help, the more so as at least one of the slaves is very eye-catching. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The last film produced by Amicus, Hammer's chief rival during the 1960's and 70's. Filmed January 20-March 1976, on the heels of Hammer's final horror feature "To the Devil a Daughter." See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Abner Perry: Slowly does it, Mr. Evans!
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References Horror Express (1972) See more »

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Total B-Movie delight. Watch it and be amused.
24 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Hi! I'm Doug McClure. You may remember me from such other cheesy adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs works as, The Land that Time Forgot and The People that Time Forgot.

This movie is hysterical. Even allowing when it was made, the monsters are just bad, bad, bad, bad, bad! All rubber suited things with people inside. There's even a fire-breathing beastie, but don't look at it's mouth too close or you'll see the flame-thrower nozzle poking out. Couple that with Peter Cushing's wonderfully useless "old professor" routine and Doug's stoic hero performance and you'll laugh the whole way through. Carolyn Monroe plays Dougies love interest, though I did wonder where she got cosmetics from, living deep in the Earth. Perhaps the Avon lady calls there.

The flying monsters at the end are particularly silly. They have all the aerodynamic properties (and believability) of a concrete block. Just a bunch of fat blokes in rubber suits. All they do is sit on a ledge and hypnotise people. It's only when that fails, or it's feeding time, that they "swoop" down to attack. And when I say swoop, I mean someone prods the rubber thingy in the back and it swings down on a cable.

Total B-Movie delight. Watch it and be amused. Be very amused.


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