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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 »

Director:

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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PG | See all certifications »
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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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Albino's and giant snakes oh my!

Rupert 'Wolf' Wolfsen works for the US government, he is liaising with the US military in central America to help find a suitable cave where they wish to instigate a new top secret radio device for submarines?. They have trouble finding such a location until after a large landslide an entrance to just such a cave reveals itself. After setting up their equipment, they retire to base camp only to find that when they return the next morning, their irreplaceable transmitter has been taken and the guards dead. A search and rescue mission is authorised to go into the furthest reaches of the cave. Preposterous premise aside this was rather good fun, What Waits Below can only be described as a cross between Marshall's The Descent and Universals The Mole People, right down to the latter's albino civilisation who live there. Don Sharp just about retains an air of quality to proceedings, there may even be some pseudo political message in the ending.


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Language:

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Release Date:

4 February 1985 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets of the Phantom Caverns See more »

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Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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