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The Phantom Empire (1988)

R | | Horror | Video November 2004
When a man-eating cave creature appears with a fortune in uncut diamonds around his neck, Dr. Chambers' daughter Denae hires adventurers C & C Salvage to find the underground source of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Olen Ray

Writers:

Fred Olen Ray (screenplay), T.L. Lankford (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Hagen ... Cort Eastman
Jeffrey Combs ... Andrew Paris
Dawn Wildsmith ... Eddy Colchilde
Robert Quarry ... Prof. Strock
Suzy Stokey ... Denae Chambers (as Susan Stokey)
Russ Tamblyn ... Bill
Sybil Danning ... The Alien Queen
Michelle Bauer ... Cave Bunny
Michael Sonye Michael Sonye ... Picnic Guy (as Michael D. Sonye)
Victoria Alexander Victoria Alexander ... Picnic Girl
Duffy Duffy ... Simon
Tony Lorea Tony Lorea ... Pedro
Robby the Robot ... Himself
Gary J. Levinson Gary J. Levinson ... Mutant
Dan Malloy Dan Malloy ... Mutant
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When a man-eating cave creature appears with a fortune in uncut diamonds around his neck, Dr. Chambers' daughter Denae hires adventurers C & C Salvage to find the underground source of the gems. Accompanied by archeaological intern Andrew Paris, mineralogist Prof. Strock, and C&C's scruffy owners Cort Eastman and Eddy Colchilde, Denea's hopes of emerging from her famous father's shadow become as remote as getting out of the caves alive! Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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November 2004 (Germany) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »

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Filmed on location at the center of the Earth See more »

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Featured in Dinosaur Movies (1993) See more »

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Goes from embarrassingly awful to enjoyably awful....
6 May 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

....and that happens at around the 50-minute mark, when Sybil (as a character in the film exclaims, "WOW!") Danning appears, well-cast as a fighting alien queen. Up until then "The Phantom Empire" is a plodding, sleep-inducing trek, and the cannibals with Halloween masks over their faces and old rags for clothes are beneath Z-grade cinema. The sole bright spot is Michelle Bauer as a bikini-clad "cave bunny". After Danning's entrance, the viewer can at least focus on her phenomenal figure, and it's easier to forgive the unimpressive stop-motion animation effects (I think "One Million Years B.C.", from 1965, has a better dinosaur battle than the one featured here). But if you want to see something from Fred Olen Ray that looks more like a real film and less like a college project, seek out his "Cyclone" from the following year. (*1/2)

P.S.: To claim that you watched this film "for the dinosaurs" is like claiming that you watched "Jurassic Park" for the T & A.


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