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Invasion from Inner Earth (1974)

A group of young pilots in a remote region of the Canadian wilderness begin to hear strange reports over their radios about planes crashing, cars stalling and a deadly plague which has ... See full summary »


Bill Rebane (as Ito)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bentzen Paul Bentzen ... Stan
Debbi Pick Debbi Pick ... Sarah
Nick Holt Nick Holt ... Jake
Karl Wallace Karl Wallace ... Eric
Robert Arkens Robert Arkens ... Andy
Arnold Didrickson Arnold Didrickson ... Sam
James Steadman James Steadman ... Radio Announcer
David Pray David Pray ... T.V. Host
Mary O'Keefe Mary O'Keefe ... Mrs. Murphy
William Reetz William Reetz ... Mr. Duncan
Robert Filiatreaux Robert Filiatreaux ... T.V. Control
Warren McPherson Warren McPherson ... T.V. Control
Thomas Nick Thomas Nick ... T.V. Control
Tim Gillett Tim Gillett ... Drunk
Eldred Kahn Eldred Kahn ... Bartender


A group of young pilots in a remote region of the Canadian wilderness begin to hear strange reports over their radios about planes crashing, cars stalling and a deadly plague which has gripped the planet. It becomes clear that earth is in the midst of an invasion. The group of pilots decide to barracade themselves in a cabin deep in the woods and wait for their impending doom. Written by Tony Lefcourt

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They've been waiting millions of years for this moment


Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

30 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA

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Filmed in 1972. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are several different versions of this film with different running times and titles circulating on video. The VHS release from Genesis Video under the "Invasion from Inner Earth" title is missing a reel of footage. The VHS from Platinum Productions under the title "Hell Fire" is missing several scenes including the entire ending. The VHS from Regal Home Video under the title "They" is complete and uncut. See more »


Referenced in The Big Box: The Thirsty Dead (2010) See more »

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In Defense of "They"
10 August 2009 | by queunSee all my reviews

Apparently, after a worldwide search for the perfect script writer, director Bill Rebane happened upon a little known writer named Barbara J. Rebane to pen his vision. Where he discovered her is unknown to me, but the two of them created magic together.

She took two bold steps in this film, one original and one copied later with a much higher budget.

First, she broke the survivor-typecast protocol that most writers would dare not violate. Rather than give longevity to the handsome brooding Native American or the outdoorsy Canadian, she gives the nod to the chunky, bearded, bespectacled cretin in the Sherlock Holmes hat. Under normal circumstances, this type of character would be lighting his own gas in the corner of the room while the others formulate a plan and then meet with an untimely, yet slightly humorous death. Rebane, on the other hand, even gives this guy the girl.

The other place where she unwittingly deserves credit is for utilizing the aliens-under-the-ground scenario for a lot less money than Tom Cruise probably paid for his "War of the Worlds" travesty. I'd be curious to know whether she got a "based on an idea by" or an "inspired by" credit in Cruise's film.

PS - despite the fact that I consider these two areas worthy of compliment, I am in no way recommending anyone actually watch this movie.

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