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What Waits Below (1984)

The U.S. government has been using deep caves in Central America as bases for a special type of radio transmitter used for communicating with submaries. When the signal from one of these ... See full summary »

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Don Sharp

Writers:

Freddie Francis (story by) (as Ken Barnett), Christy Marx (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Robert Powell ... Rupert 'Wolf' Wolfsen
Timothy Bottoms ... Maj. Elbert Stevens
Lisa Blount ... Leslie Peterson
Richard Johnson ... Ben Gannon
Anne Heywood ... Frieda Shelley
A.C. Weary A.C. Weary ... Lt. George Barwell
Jackson Bostwick ... Hunter Prime
Richard Beauchamp Richard Beauchamp ... Santos Arias
William Gribble William Gribble ... Sgt. Neumann
Carl Spurlock Carl Spurlock ... Major Castillo
Jason Laskay Jason Laskay ... Hunter Second
Liam Sullivan ... Lemurian Elder
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Hector Lopez (as Carlos Cervantes)
Tim Powell ... Jim White
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Avery David Avery ... American soldier
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The U.S. government has been using deep caves in Central America as bases for a special type of radio transmitter used for communicating with submaries. When the signal from one of these transmitters suddenly disappears, a team of soldiers and cave specialists is sent in to find out what happened. After some exploring deep underground, they stumble upon a tribe of albino cave dwellers who have been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Underground, no one can see you die! See more »

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Action | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1985 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets of the Phantom Caverns See more »

Filming Locations:

McMinnville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Adams Apple Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Buried deep.
6 December 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Well this has been hiding under the surface, as it took a friend to mention about it for me pay notice. The copy I just watched happened to be there's too. 'What Waits Below' is a minor, but completely distinctive and enjoyable horror/adventure trek in some underground caverns. Neil Marshall's 2005 feature 'The Descent' might shoot to mind, but other than featuring albinos' (known as Lemurians') living the caves, the tone is much different. The adventure aspect easily beats out the horror elements that are looming. I found it to lose its way in the last 20 minutes, as the story shows up its lack of ideas and the script's thin base. Still after a slow beginning it keeps you watching and manages some effective shocks, interesting atmospherics and sprinkles of moody suspense with Denny Jaeger and Michel Rubini's edgily wounding score perfectly streamlining (if at times overshadowing) the presentation. Eerie locations and pastel set-designs within the cave system make it like you've entered another world and the make-up/costumes for the Lemurians' are quite standard. Director Don Sharp's tight and compact handling doesn't let its budget restraints entirely bog it down and the performances are mostly good. Robert Powell is an undervalued actor and makes light work of his performance by presenting an easy-going charm and class. Timothy Bottoms is efficient and the gorgeously fixating Lisa Blount gives a hardy turn. Modest low-budget horror/adventure item that goes on to promise more than it actually delivers.


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