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The Strangeness (1985)

A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature.


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Complete credited cast:
Dan Lunham ...
Geoff Calvert
Terri Berland ...
Cindy Flanders
Rolf Theison ...
Myron Hemmings
Keith Hurt ...
Dan Flanders
Chris Huntley ...
Tony Ruggles
Diane Borcyckowski ...
Angela Platt
Robin Sortman ...
Arlene Buchmann ...


A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature.

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1985 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Abwärts ins Grauen  »

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$25,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director Melanie Anne Phillips the opening scene was shot without permission at a real mine called "The Red Rover". About a month after shooting their scenes some real life miners hired to see if the mine was worth reopening entered and went further in than the film crew had, then died from poison gas exposure. See more »


Referenced in The Hunt for the House on Cuckoo Lane (2011) See more »

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Gets points for ambition and imagination, but comes up short (5 out of 10)
23 May 2000 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This extremely low-budget monster flick centers around a group of mine surveyors exploring an abandoned gold mine in order to see if its worth reopening. They get trapped after a cave in and find they are at the mercy of a strange, slimy creature which seems bent on knocking them off one at a time. The word that most came to mind as I watched this movie was 'desperate'. The script and acting is terrible, the stop-motion monster effects were unintentionally funny, and since the bulk of the movie takes place underground lighting the sets convincingly looked like a logistical nightmare. All that being said however for some reason I felt this movie failed not from lack of effort, but maybe from either a lack of budget, experience and/or lack of creative inspiration. The whole thing came off like it was either a college project or a first film made by amateurs, I have a certain amount of affection for films like that even when they completely miss the mark. I guess what I'm saying is I give it an B for effort and a D- for actual results, not insultingly bad as some low-budget monster movies I've seen but still not worth seeing unless you have a LOT of free time on your hands. I'm voting it a 5.

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