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What Waits Below (1984)

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 »



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Credited cast:
Rupert 'Wolf' Wolfsen
Maj. Elbert Stevens
Leslie Peterson
Ben Gannon
Anne Heywood ...
Frieda Shelley
A.C. Weary ...
Lt. George Barwell
Jackson Bostwick ...
Hunter Prime
Richard Beauchamp ...
Santos Arias
William Gribble ...
Sgt. Neumann
Carl Spurlock ...
Major Castillo
Jason Laskay ...
Hunter Second
Lemurian Elder
Hector Lopez (as Carlos Cervantes)
Jim White
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Avery ...
American soldier


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 transmitters suddenly disappears, a team of soldiers and cave specialists is sent in to find out what happened. After some exploring deep underground, they stumble upon a tribe of albino cave dwellers who have been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Something is watching....it is waiting for the right moment....soon the caves will be running with blood! [video cover] See more »


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4 February 1985 (Denmark)  »

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Secrets of the Phantom Caverns  »

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Albino's and giant snakes oh my!
30 July 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Rupert 'Wolf' Wolfsen works for the US government, he is liaising with the US military in central America to help find a suitable cave where they wish to instigate a new top secret radio device for submarines?. They have trouble finding such a location until after a large landslide an entrance to just such a cave reveals itself. After setting up their equipment, they retire to base camp only to find that when they return the next morning, their irreplaceable transmitter has been taken and the guards dead. A search and rescue mission is authorised to go into the furthest reaches of the cave. Preposterous premise aside this was rather good fun, What Waits Below can only be described as a cross between Marshall's The Descent and Universals The Mole People, right down to the latter's albino civilisation who live there. Don Sharp just about retains an air of quality to proceedings, there may even be some pseudo political message in the ending.

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