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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Something is watching....it is waiting for the right moment....soon the caves will be running with blood! [video cover] See more »

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Action | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Adams Apple Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The computer shown in use for the army's transmitter was actually an 80s home computer, manufactured by Commodore. It's either the C64 or VC20. They shared an almost identical casing design in the early 80s. The branding of the device used in the movie was taped over. See more »

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Underrated
27 August 2005 | by StibbertSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie and I must admit I didn't have high hopes. To my pleasant surprise this turned out to be a quite good movie. It wasn't a great movie, but I am very glad I got to watch it! During a test of a low frequency transmitter two men and the transmitter disappear. A team is gathered to search the caves where the test took place. Caves that never before have been explored by man. But, what waits them below they could never imagine.

This story turns out quite original and I think that is maybe what makes the movie so good. The script is far from perfect, but it works. The acting is probably the best with the whole movie. It is generally good. The cinematography could, however, been better. I find it too boring. It's too straight. Though they did a pretty good job in creating the atmosphere and the mood. There were some pretty chilling sequences.

When it comes to effects what can you expect from a 1984 B-movie? Well, they did OK on most of it, except for the monster. It was actually pretty bad and in fact personally I think they should have cut the whole monster. They way I see it, it rather took then give anything to the movie.

I can recommend this movie because of it's story. There are few cliché there. As for the rest of this movie it is OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. However, well worth to watch.


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