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The Mole People (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | December 1956 (USA)
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A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

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(as Virgil Vogel)

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(as Laszlo Gorog)
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Prof. Etienne Lafarge
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Dr. Paul Stuart
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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 garykmcd

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DEEP INSIDE THE EARTH...A LOST CIVILIZATION...A MILLION YEARS OLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el signo de Ishtar  »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Footage of the mole people was later used in The Wild World Of Batwoman as monsters created by a supervillain. See more »

Goofs

Following the avalanche on the mountainside, the archaeologists find the broken arm of a statue sticking out of the snow, which is then slowly pulled over by a black wire. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Roger Bentley: The thing that impresses me the most is the complete and utter silence. You can almost hear it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Credits rise up from a hole in the ground. See more »

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Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »

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Down Under...Everything!
20 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now this movie gave me nightmares when I was about eight years old. But when I saw it again in my thirties, it still kinda creep-ed me out, but it also gave me a laugh attack. Though no doubt innovative for it's time, it has lost some...OK a lot...of that now. Still, I recommend this movie because it does evoke an atmosphere of delicious creepiness, laced with just the right amount of claustrophobia (it takes place down under...everything), and afraid-of-the-dark-jitters. Strictly low budget fare, but interesting ideas, cool camera work, along with effective lighting make it work. I don't remember the music, but I am sure it is pretty standard for such a flick of the mid 50's. When the Mole Men come up out of the...well I don't want to spoil it for you, but it really scared me as a child for weeks on end. Nearly drove my parents crazy with that one. It has a pretty decent ending unlike most B-flicks of that era. Check it out if you can find it, and have plenty of snacks on hand. You may want to throw some popcorn at the screen to try and distract Wally and The Beav's dad, Hugh Beaumont, so the Mole Men will thankfully get him, and relieve you from his, now this is where I clear my throat, acting.

James Van Pelt from Tulsa, Oklahoma


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