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Maurice Gee (novel)
Matthew Grainger (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 November 2009 (Kuwait) See more »
Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Augie Davis .... utility stunts
Clinton Elvey .... stunt double
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
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
Charles Ireland .... dedicated to

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Also Known As:
"Bad Spirits" - Philippines (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for frightening action and peril, and for some sensuality
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Wilberforce Drone #1:They shake the earth.
Mr. Wilberforce:Soon the Gargantua are free.
Wilberforce Drone #1:What is it?
Mr. Wilberforce:I smell them. One the lake - twins.
Wilberforce Drone #1:Does the fire raiser know?
Mr. Wilberforce:Fire raiser watches the mountains, but his fire is dying.
Wilberforce Drone #1:And if the twins find the fire raiser?
Mr. Wilberforce:Then we made them dead. Soon we make them all dead.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of "Under the Mountain" (1981)See more »


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20 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Extremely ordinary in every respect, 22 February 2010
Author: slumbergod from New Zealand

I'd waited for this one for ages thanks to some fond memories of the original TV adaptation from when I was a child. I suspect that those memories made me expect a lot more that what was delivered here.

The plot is okay for a simple science fiction story but don't expect anything epic. The target audience for this seems to be children so in terms of entertainment value for adults it is rather limited -- fans of the original show, supporters of NZ cinema, and those who enjoy sci-fi. I would expect most adults not fitting into these categories are going to find this a boring film.

The special effects are okay. For the story, there is the right amount and the quality is acceptable. The movie is more about the characters than flashy special effects so here the balance seems about right.

The real problem with production is the same that plagues many New Zealand productions - bad script writing and terrible acting. I watch all the NZ films I can and I am always hoping they will improve but rarely am I surprised in a pleasant way. Whomever writes their scripts needs to spend more time watching real people converse. Part of the problem with the wooden acting is that their lines just don't feel natural so how can they be delivered in a believable way. If you are not a Kiwi or Australian you may not even notice how clunky the acting is; for us it is painful at times! Interestingly, some of the most clunky delivery comes from Sam Neil. Don't hold it against him though; he didn't have much to work with here and he *is* helping out NZ cinema.

The nicest thing about this movie is that it is not Hollywood junk. The characters, while not particularly convincing nor likable, are like people you would see on an everyday street. They are not perfect Hollywood models with glowing white teeth and perfect makeup and hair. That in itself is a refreshing change.

This movie doesn't extend NZ cinema to any great new heights, nor is it every going to be a classic. It's just a ho-hum movie that might amuse for an hour and a half then be forgotten.

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