On an archaeological dig in Asia, Dr. Roger Bentley finds a cuneiform tablet referring to an ancient society, the Shadow Dynasty, that was destroyed. An earthquake soon after reveals an ancient artifact and the scientists discover the ruins of an ancient temple world on a remote mountain site. It leads them to an underground world, lost in time, where people have adapted to low light. The High Priest Elinu doesn't welcome the presence of the new arrivals and wants them eliminated.Written by
Footage of the mole people was later used in The Wild World Of Batwoman as monsters created by a supervillain. See more »
Lafarge says "Dr. Bentley, do you remember the Gilgamesh tablets that George Smith found?" George Smith did not find the Gilgamesh tablets. He was the British Museum assistant that first translated the tablets in 1872. The tablets were discovered in 1839 by A.H. Layard. Later, Dr. Stuart questions the existence of a "Sumerian version of Noah's Ark." Dr. Bentley responds "Exactly. The flood has been proven to be a historical fact, why not a Sumerian version?" The Sumerian version (the story of Utnapishtim and the flood) is found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, which they spoke of earlier; therefore, it should be no surprise to Dr. Stuart. These do not appear to be very learned archaeologists. See more »
"The Mole People" is another underrated black-and-white B-movie from the 50´s. The story of archaeologists that discover an ancient underground society in Asia is entertaining but unfortunately the rushed conclusion is lame and gives the sensation that the budget ended and the film had to be interrupted. The beauty of Cynthia Patrick is still impressive in the present days. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "O Templo do Pavor" ("The Temple of the Dread")
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