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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.

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Melanie Anne Phillips (as David Michael Hillman)

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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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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1.78 : 1
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Not that good
24 July 2004 | by lrc81See all my reviews

A group of people decide to explore an old mine "Golden Spike", each of them has a different interest. One wants to write a book about it, other is a photographer, there's also a geologist and finally a couple of guys working for the person heading the expedition, their objective is to see if it's worth investing half a million dollars to re-open the mine. One by one they encounter the monster and to make matters worse all the possible exits appear to be blocked. "winds of hell" mysteriously start blowing, fear sets in, the only lights are the ones from the helmets. The guy in charge snaps, thinking that the rest of the people want to rob his firm's gold, there's no place to hide.

This monster reminded me of Lovecraft's monsters, I'm not a fan of this sort of clay monsters, the tentacles, how it moved. Even though the movie takes place in a mine, it should have had better lighting, at times all you can see is the light on their helmets, which is the same as saying, you can't see nothing at all. The acting deserves mixed reviews, some were OK, others not so much. Overall it's an average story that could have become a good movie if there was a bigger budget.


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