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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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They're in it DEEP now! See more »


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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

This film was riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Return (season 1, episode 14, 2017). See more »

Goofs

Doug McClure's character remains clean shaven throughout the film, even though he had no access to shaving utensils. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Abner Perry: Slowly does it, Mr. Evans!
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References Horror Express (1972) See more »

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Edgar Rice Burroughs was never like this.
13 June 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

This film begins with a wonderful piece of music and an excellently tense and edge-of-seat sequence in which Victorian scientists (played by Doug McClure and Peter Cushing) drill into the depths of the earth in their 'Iron Mole'. You truly believe you're going to see a great film to rival 'The Land That Time Forgot'. But then the two companions arrive in the underground world and encounter their first monster, which is quite obviously a man in an outfit which looks like a dinosaur with a parrot's face. From here it's downhill all the way as the intrepid scientists encounter ovens with tentacles on strings, fire-breathing critters with clearly visible flame-thrower nozzles and pterodactyl-people who, when they fall down, explode for no apparent reason. It's a shame the special-effects are so awful, as the storyline is quite interesting with some good situations and the music is excellently atmospheric. But what we have here is a good script let down by poor execution. All I can say in this film's favor is it's watchably bad. But I'd have been a lot happier if it was watchably good.


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