At The Earth's Core
4,000 miles to the center of the Earth to a world within a world
A huge burrowing machine tunnels out of control at ferocious speed, cutting clean through to the center of the earth, to the twilight world of pellucidar. Once there, Dr. Perry (Peter Cushing) and David Innes (Doug McClure), are threatened by half human creatures, lizard-like birds, and man-eating plants.
One of the most enjoyable forays into family entertainment from Amicus. While I've never quite got the appeal of big slab o'ham Doug McClure, there's Peter Cushing being silly, Caroline Munro at her most sexalicious and endearingly horrible rubber monster suits.
"You can't mesmerize me, I'm British." Cheesy fun with Peter Cushing who is keenly aware of exactly the kind of movie he's in and makes the most o it. With Doug McClure as the heroic beefcake, Caroline Munro as the girl and dinosaurs that explode on impact.
ERB's first Pelucidar pulp novel was an imaginative, sprawling ripping yarn set in a giant prehistoric world within a world.
Here it's reduced to Doug McClure, Caroline Munro and an extremely annoying Peter Cushing bumbling about in an unconvincing cave set whilst being menaced by some of the shoddiest man-in-a-suit monsters ever seen. There's even Keith Barron in there somewhere. Personally I'd sooner watch an episode of Duty Free......
It's hard to believe this was released a year before Star Wars. The words money, rope, old and for rapidly spring to mind.
Director Kevin Connor’s insane man-in-suit monsters make Land’s puppets look like natural history: the fire-breathing toad is a highlight. Total Film review: www.totalfilm.com/reviews/dvd/at-the-earth-s-core (but read the print edition for a proper, in-depth review of this and other Amicus adventures).
Hopelessly dated but a nice guilty pleasure. Laughable FX and a campy Peter Cushing do their very best.
Never on anyone's Top 10 list, but I love watching afternoon matinee-style flicks.
So B grade it hurts.
Victorian scientist drills his way to the centre of the earth. Suprise, there is no molten lava to be found
This Amicus lost world movie is one of the company's lesser efforts, made bearable thanks to the presence of Caroline Munro and a fun performance by Peter Cushing.