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The Strangeness (1985)

A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature.


Melanie Anne Phillips (as David Michael Hillman)


Chris Huntley, Melanie Anne Phillips (as David Michael Hillman)


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Complete credited cast:
Dan Lunham Dan Lunham ... Geoff Calvert
Terri Berland Terri Berland ... Cindy Flanders
Rolf Theison Rolf Theison ... Myron Hemmings
Keith Hurt Keith Hurt ... Morgan
Mark Sawicki Mark Sawicki ... Dan Flanders
Chris Huntley Chris Huntley ... Tony Ruggles
Diane Borcyckowski Diane Borcyckowski ... Angela Platt
Robin Sortman Robin Sortman ... Brian
Arlene Buchmann Arlene Buchmann ... Amy


A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature.

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Release Date:

1985 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Abwärts ins Grauen See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA


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$25,000 (estimated)
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Stellarwind See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The John Carpenter-style synthesizer music was added by the distributor. See more »


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Mining Horror
6 October 2013 | by meddlecoreSee all my reviews

There are tales about these mountains. These tales surround both the existence of a "gold spike" that lies on ancient sacred lands belonging to the Native Americans, and the white-man hating God that protects it from fairer skinned prospectors.

We find ourselves following a rag-tag group of these very-white prospectors- including a foreman, some miners, a geologist, a writer and his assistant, and their local guide- who plan on finding and cashing in on this mythological treasure. It was once sought after decades earlier, but the miners refused to continue working there.

Eventually the team finds an exposed cavern, setting into it to investigate.

The "golden spike" they've been searching for seems not to be ore, rather ingots; while the vengeful God that's watching over it seems to be some sort of tentacled stop-motion beast, with an a**hole for a head.

While searching for an alternate exit after a cave-in, the remaining members of the crew happen upon a room filled with hanging pieces of mirror. The author mentions how the old miners used to put them up to see what was approaching them from behind- before refusing to work altogether.

As the group continues on, they are accosted by an eerie wind, prior to finding the dead and dismembered body of their geologist.

Still rationalizing everything, the writer sets off on his own to look for what he thinks may be an exit, because he "doesn't want to get anyone's hopes up", by telling them about it first. (moron) After he disappears- and having lost all hope of finding an exit- the crew moves down into the third layer of the cavern- a realm where the beast is said to reside and have it's nest.

It's clear that something is really down there when they find human bones; carcasses writhing with maggots; and the writer plastered to the ceiling with some sort of slime.

Now fearing the worst, the group takes some defensive measure before putting their final escape plan into action. But is it too late? Have they gone too far already? Is there even a way out? Surely not, if that monstrous "God" has it's way.

The Strangeness is a pretty straight forward little horror with an imaginative monster that I wish we got to see more of. It's not terribly complex, overwhelmingly scary or very cinematic, but it's interesting enough to hold your attention. I've seen better...but I've also seen worse.

5 out 10.

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