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Under the Mountain -- Teenage twins Rachel and Theo travel to Auckland to stay with relatives following the sudden death of their mother. Here, they find an alien environment and overhear Mr. Wilberforce talking about something stirring beneath the ground...the fire-raiser. Theo goes in search to find the fire-raiser - the man he saw on the mountaintop.
Under the Mountain -- Trailer for this supernatural thriller

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Director:
Writers:
Maurice Gee (novel)
Matthew Grainger (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 November 2009 (Kuwait) See more »
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Plot:
Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Great example of Fantastic production with sloppy/ridiculous scenario/storyline work See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tom Cameron ... Theo
Sophie McBride ... Rachel

Oliver Driver ... Mr. Wilberforce
Leon Wadham ... Ricky
Chelsea McEwan Millar ... Clementine
Nathaniel Lees ... Detective Gray
Nathan Meister ... Johan / Lenart

Matthew Sunderland ... Wilberforce Drone 1
Toi Iti ... County Policeman

Bruce Hopkins ... Richard Matheson
Michaela Rooney ... Aunt Kay
Matthew Chamberlain ... Uncle Cliff
Miriama Kamo ... News Reader

Gareth Reeves ... Wilberforce Drone 2
Wayne Gordon ... Wilberforce Drone 4
Allan Smith ... Wilberforce Drone 5
Matt Gillanders ... Wilberforce Drone 6
William Johnson ... Mr. Carpenter (as Bill Johnson)
Kirsty Wilkinson ... Mr. Jones' Neighbour

Colin Moy ... Constable Green

Madeleine Sami ... Constable Wood

David Weatherley ... Desk Sergeant (as David Weatherly)
Reuben King ... Johan / Lenart Double
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam Neill ... Mr. Jones
Jon Cummings ... Wilberforce Drone #3 (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan King 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maurice Gee  novel
Matthew Grainger  screenplay
Jonathan King  screenplay

Produced by
Chris Bailey .... executive producer
Richard Fletcher .... producer
Matthew Grainger .... producer
Chris Hampson .... executive producer
Trevor Haysom .... executive producer
Jonathan King .... producer
Lisa Lambert .... executive producer
Susan Parker .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Victoria Kelly 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Bluck 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Plummer 
 
Production Design by
Ralph Davies 
Kim Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Nick Bassett 
Andy McLaren 
 
Set Decoration by
Verena Jonker 
 
Costume Design by
Kiri Rainey 
 
Makeup Department
Samantha Lyttle .... special makeup effects supervisor
Matthew Mills .... makeup animatronics
Jane O'Kane .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Rosemary Dority .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liz Tan .... first assistant director
Amand Weaver .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Milton Candish .... lead set dresser
Nick Connor .... set designer
Sally Ford .... art department assistant
Antony Freeman .... sculptor
Etienne Harris .... scenic painter
Christian Pearce .... designer
Aran Sisley .... fabricator
Melissa Spicer .... property master: pre-production
Ben Whale .... set dresser
Kate Lang .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Daniel .... boom operator
Emile de la Rey .... assistant dialogue editor
Buster Flaws .... adr recordist
Vedat Kiyici .... ADR recording engineer
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer
Gilbert Lake .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Lambourn .... sound effects editor
David Madigan .... production sound mixer
Robyn McFarlane .... foley recordist
Tim Prebble .... sound designer
Simon Riley .... foley editor
Hugo Tichborne .... boom operator
Chris Todd .... supervising dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Steven Boyle .... creatures designer and supervisor
Brendon Durey .... special effects supervisor
Simon Godsiff .... molding technician: Weta Workshop
Matthew G.P. Mills .... animatronics
Darren A. Mosher .... mold maker
Richard Schuler .... special effects coordinator
Philip Sharpe .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording technician
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor
Nick Cattell .... matte artist
Paul Dickson .... visual effects artist
Oliver Faldo .... compositor
Paul Glubb .... visual effects coordinator
Meetal Gokul .... assistant digital colourist
Stephen Karl .... camera technical director
Sally-Ann Louisson .... visual effects coordinator
Charlie McClellan .... visual effects supervisor
Danielle Norgate .... lead compositor: 3DCGI Ltd
Emrys Plaisted .... visual effects
Gina E. Ross .... visual effects producer: 3DCGI Ltd
Stephen Roucher .... scanning and recording manager
James Schoning .... visual effects artist
John Sheils .... visual effects supervisor: 3DCGI Ltd
Stephanie Jean Staunton .... digital compositor
Caleb Thompson .... digital compositor
Meow Nutjaree Wannasri .... visual effects artist
Matt Westbrooke .... compositor
Pania Williams .... visual effects artist
Pete Williams .... scanning and recording manager
Kirstin Wright .... animator
 
Stunts
Augie Davis .... utility stunts
Clint Elvy .... stunt double (as Clinton Elvey)
Winham Hammond .... utility stunts
David J. Muzzerall .... utility stunts
Steve Reinsfield .... utility stunts
Allan Smith .... stunt performer
Bronson Steel .... stunt driver
Hayley Stent .... stunt double: Sophie McBride
Karen Thompson .... stunt double
Stuart Thorp .... stunt double
Mark Trotter .... stunt double
Tim Wong .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dion Anderson .... electrician/generator operator
Kane Asher .... dolly grip
Kirsty Griffin .... still photographer
Brenden Holster .... first assistant camera
Sam Dylan Irwin .... second assistant camera
Murray Milne .... underwater camera
Kerry Peck .... lighting technician
James Rua .... second assistant "a" camera
Jay Weston .... video operator
 
Animation Department
Euan Frizzell .... lead animator
Brad Lincoln .... animator
John Shearlock .... animator
 
Casting Department
Stewart Turner .... casting (as Stu Turner)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Naomi Campbell .... costume assistant
Fiona Nichols .... pattern maker
 
Editorial Department
Tracey Brown .... post producer: Park Road Post
Clare Burlinson .... digital intermediate colorist
Heidi Freeman .... first assistant editor
Shanon Moratti .... digital intermediate editor
Matthew Wear .... dailies colorist
 
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Ewan Clark .... additional music copyist
Ricky Edwards .... orchestrator
Graham Kennedy .... score engineer
Graham Kennedy .... score mixer
James K. Lee .... additional orchestrator
Brian Mahoney .... Score Technical Crew
Nigel Scott .... music recordist
Marc Taddei .... conductor
Mabel Wong .... music librarian
 
Other crew
Jared Connon .... location manager
Mathew Gordon .... assistant location manager
Phillip Gore .... production accountant
Diana Goulding .... unit publicist
Tim Hope .... unit location assistant
Karl Koller .... safety coordinator/medic
Andrew Marshall .... production secretary: prep
Kristi McLaren .... assistant accountant
Simon Noakes .... tea lady
Jill Soper .... production coordinator
Andy Wickens .... lab liaison
 
Thanks
Charles Ireland .... dedicated to
 

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Also Known As:
"Bad Spirits" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for frightening action and peril, and for some sensuality
Runtime:
90 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Mr. Jones:Listen. They're hunting him.
Rachel:Then help him.
Mr. Jones:It's too late. I told you - alone he's nothing.
Rachel:Take me to him now.
Mr. Jones:No. Your brother's already as good as dead.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of "Under the Mountain" (1981)See more »

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Great example of Fantastic production with sloppy/ridiculous scenario/storyline work, 11 May 2014
Author: rzajac from Dongshih, Taiwan

Wonderful production values, but ultimately brought down by poor conception, scenario, and scripting, for which adequate acting, well-intentioned direction, and skillful editing couldn't compensate.

My experience was interesting: At first, the flick was just sort of ridiculous; lots of disconnected emoting/apparent motivation and a welter of vague, disconnected scariness that was just senseless, hence funny.

And then we come to the bit where Neill's character lays the premise bare. I appreciate the idea of hoping to keep us on pins and needles, awaiting the payload of dawning comprehension of the Big Picture. The problem was that the scenario work and scripting doesn't know when to hold the cards close to the chest... so it just looks silly, especially to the same degree that we're expected to be relating to/identifying with the protagonists.

So, I think, OK: I can sort of forgive the foregoing, now that I see that there's actually sort of an engaging premise/backstory. Can the story management straighten up and fly right for the rest of the movie?

No. There's just a non-stop cavalcade of (again) disconnected emotional ebbs and flows (e.g., the boy twin breaks character to "go it alone" after the mentor had clearly established its futility; interfaces between the supernatural and "real" world characters are laughable), ridiculous close calls (e.g., the girl "almost" dies, twice), gratuitous stock creepiness (e.g., Lots of ET mucous, way, way over the top grotesquerie)... which pretty much sum up the varieties of narrative/scenario mismanagement. Now, just imagine these things coming at you a mile-a-minute.

Nonetheless, it was sort of fascinating to watch, if only for the reason that it never lets you down: There was a guaranteed disbelieving head-shake at least every minute!

The reason I watched it was because a Trivial Pursuit teammate said she was under the impression it was made under Peter Jackson's direction, so I jumped on in. Tho a Kiwi production, it _wasn't_ directed by Peter Jackson.

Don't waste your time, unless you're a film student and are curious as to how close-to-the-mark I am.

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