Up 2,243 this week

What Waits Below (1985)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 254 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 3 critic

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 »



(story), , 1 more credit »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
a list of 692 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
a list of 187 titles
created 28 Mar 2013
a list of 126 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 558 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "What Waits Below" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: What Waits Below (1985)

What Waits Below (1985) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What Waits Below.


Credited cast:
Rupert 'Wolf' Wolfsen
Maj. Elbert Stevens
Leslie Peterson
Ben Gannon
Anne Heywood ...
Frieda Shelley
A.C. Weary ...
Lt. George Barwell
Lemurian elder
Jackson Bostwick ...
Hunter Prime
Richard Beauchamp ...
Santos Arias
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Avery ...
American soldier
Hector Lopez (as Carlos Cervantes)
Dick Curtis ...
Rick Davis ...
Bruce Howard ...
Latin-American soldier
Billy Lee ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Underground, no one can see you die! See more »


Action | Horror


PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

31 October 1985 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

What Waits Below  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Buried deep.
6 December 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Well this has been hiding under the surface, as it took a friend to mention about it for me pay notice. The copy I just watched happened to be there's too. 'What Waits Below' is a minor, but completely distinctive and enjoyable horror/adventure trek in some underground caverns. Neil Marshall's 2005 feature 'The Descent' might shoot to mind, but other than featuring albinos' (known as Lemurians') living the caves, the tone is much different. The adventure aspect easily beats out the horror elements that are looming. I found it to lose its way in the last 20 minutes, as the story shows up its lack of ideas and the script's thin base. Still after a slow beginning it keeps you watching and manages some effective shocks, interesting atmospherics and sprinkles of moody suspense with Denny Jaeger and Michel Rubini's edgily wounding score perfectly streamlining (if at times overshadowing) the presentation. Eerie locations and pastel set-designs within the cave system make it like you've entered another world and the make-up/costumes for the Lemurians' are quite standard. Director Don Sharp's tight and compact handling doesn't let its budget restraints entirely bog it down and the performances are mostly good. Robert Powell is an undervalued actor and makes light work of his performance by presenting an easy-going charm and class. Timothy Bottoms is efficient and the gorgeously fixating Lisa Blount gives a hardy turn. Modest low-budget horror/adventure item that goes on to promise more than it actually delivers.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just for fun Django6924
UK dvd chris_mb
Discuss What Waits Below (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: