A Victorian scientist and his young American backer set off in their new earth-boring machine with a short test on a Welsh mountain. Unfortunately the thing is rather more powerful than expected and they end up in an enormous cavern at the centre of the earth. Here they find a race of humans enslaved to evil oversized prehistoric birds with extra-sensory abilities. The travellers decide they can be some help, the more so as at least one of the slaves is very eye-catching.
His John Dark-Kevin Connor fantasy adventures were a mainstay of Summer holiday movies in the days before Star Wars: they weren’t masterpieces, they didn’t boast state-of-the-art special effects, but they were exactly what an audience of kids wanted from a film back in the mid 70s.
At the Earth’s Core catches just the right tone for the appropriately named Burroughs’ pulp adventure about Victorian inventor Peter Cushing and the inevitable Doug McClure ending up in the underground world of Pelucidar and battling its evil telepathic fighting dinosaurs. This time the puppets from he Land That Time Forgot are gone in favour of men in monster suits, which is a lot more fun if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, and if you’re not there’s always Caroline Munro’s cleavage to look at. Aside from what may well be Peter Cushing’s worst performance, an irritating but dottier rehash of his movie Dr Who (“You can’t mesmerise me, I’m British!”), it’s easily the best of the John Dark-Kevin Connor-Doug McClure fantasy adventures, surprisingly well directed and boasting an atmospheric use of colour. Never especially good at exterior scenes, Alan Hume’s photography gains immensely from the control a studio set gives him (the film was shot entirely on soundstages) to paint a luridly vivid world worthy of a pulp novel cover. Not high art but definitely great Saturday matinée fun.
BDRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 696 | x264 @ 5394 Kbps | 90 min | 4,59 Gb
Audio: English DTS 2.0 @ 1509 Kbps | Subs: None
Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Fantasy