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At the Earth's Core (1976)

A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel), Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doug McClure ... David Innes
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Abner Perry
Caroline Munro ... Dia
Cy Grant Cy Grant ... Ra
Godfrey James Godfrey James ... Ghak
Sean Lynch ... Hoojah
Keith Barron ... Dowsett
Helen Gill Helen Gill ... Maisie
Anthony Verner Anthony Verner ... Gadsby
Robert Gillespie ... Photographer
Michael Crane Michael Crane ... Jubal
Bobby Parr Bobby Parr ... Sagoth Chief
Andee Cromarty Andee Cromarty ... Girl Slave
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Storyline

A Victorian scientist and his young American backer set off in their new earth-boring machine with a short test on a Welsh mountain. Unfortunately the thing is rather more powerful than expected and they end up in an enormous cavern at the centre of the earth. Here they find a race of humans enslaved to evil oversized prehistoric birds with extra-sensory abilities. The travellers decide they can be some help, the more so as at least one of the slaves is very eye-catching. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

German Import DVD has Super-8mm version (English Audio), as a special feature. See more »

Goofs

When David and Perry escape from the Mahar city and find Dia threatened by a fire breathing creature, David attempts to protect Dia by putting himself between her and the creature. In a matter of a minute or so, Perry miraculously shoots the creature with a bow and several arrows, with no explanation where they came from. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Abner Perry: Slowly does it, Mr. Evans!
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Just about worth watching for the delectable Ms. Munro.
22 October 2008 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Way back in the 70s, when I was kid, we didn't have fancy CGI effects in our monster movies: if we were lucky, the film featured stop motion work, but often they would rely on men in shonky rubber suits, made to look enormous through dodgy matte work or back projection.

Case in point: At The Earth's Core, a ropey adaptation of an Edgar Rice Burroughs story (which I caught on its original release in '76) that presents creatures so pathetic that I'm surprised that any of the actors in the film managed to keep a straight face. To their credit, though, B-movie hunk Doug McClure and horror legend Peter Cushing do manage to hold back the laughter, playing a couple of Victorian explorers who travel under the Earth's crust in a mechanical 'mole', only to discover lost civilisations and prehistoric monsters.

Even as an 8 year old kid, I remember being distinctly unimpressed with this pretty poor effort from director Kevin Connor, finding not only the effects to be laughably bad, but also the acting to be of a pretty poor standard (Cushing, in particular, gives an amazingly hammy performance that still makes me cringe to watch). Nowadays, however, I find this whole sorry affair just about watchable thanks to the gorgeous Caroline Munro, a major hottie of the 70s who spends this film prancing around in a skimpy outfit that reveals her ample cleavage, and the unintentional laughs that can be had from the awful dialogue, bargain basement visuals, and general atmosphere of cheesiness.


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