At The Earth's Core

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At The Earth's Core

Starring: Doug McClure, Peter Cushing. (PG)

Release date: 1976

3 out of 5


A camp seventies sci-fi adventure, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s novel, and made by the same producing and directing team behind The Land That Time Forgot. Legendary horror actor Peter Cushing (playing it wonderfully tongue-in-cheek) is Dr Abner Perry (‘You cannot mesmerise me! I’m British!’ he says, just before being hypnotised), who, along with brawny David Innes (McClure), has devised a contraption called the Iron Mole which bores through solid rock. You can guess what happens next.
Adults will snigger as our heroes and their big drill end up in a strange land at the Earth’s centre full of prehistoric creatures and scantily clad cave girls, but boys will love the (unscary) monsters, assuming they don’t notice the wires, while girls will enjoy the hokey romance between macho David and a slave girl (Caroline Munro). Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. But in a good way. 

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If you like this, why not try: The Land That Time Forgot, 20000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Island At The Top Of The World, Journey To The Center Of The Earth, The People That Time Forgot,