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At the Earth's Core (1976)

PG | | Adventure, Fantasy | July 1976 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... David Innes
... Dr. Abner Perry
... Dia
Cy Grant ... Ra
Godfrey James ... Ghak
Sean Lynch ... Hoojah
... Dowsett
Helen Gill ... Maisie
Anthony Verner ... Gadsby
... Photographer
Michael Crane ... Jubal
Bobby Parr ... Sagoth Chief
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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Adventure | Fantasy

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MGM Studios [United States]

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Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor/stuntman Bobby Parr lost a finger during a fight sequence with Doug McClure that went wrong. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Dr. Abner Perry: Slowly does it, Mr. Evans!
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Masterpiece of the Z grade fantasy genre.
26 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I'm serious as well, I mean don't get me wrong, if you haven't got a bent for this type of Z grade, creaky creature feature (why would you be watching is my first thought?) then it's a rating of about 3 to 4 out of 10 tops, but to me it's a special kind of nonsense that takes me back to a nice time in my childhood. You know the kind, the memories that never leave you. Eagerly taking it all in with youthful wonderment as Doug McClure and Peter Cushing tunnel beneath the mantle to do battle with a host of creatures and sub-human species. And guys! Now we are all grown up we can admire most seriously at the wonder of Caroline Munro and her heaving cleavage. No wonder my older brother was keen to take me to the cinema to see this one!

Yes the effects are bad, men in suits, strings pinging parrot monsters around and exploding rubber frog like thingies amuse us greatly. And yes, Cushing and a surprisingly pudgy McClure act as if they have truly been mesmerised by the evil Meyhas at the "core" of our film. But it matters not, zany and clunky and awash in glorious colour, At The Earth's Core is a throwback to a special pre-ILM time when kids like me queued around the block to see such joyous nonsense. 8/10


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