I've seen this movie several times over the years. It's a real semiclassic, great example of 50s sci-fi monster movies. You do get a goodlook at the actual mole monsters and see quite a bit of them. As goodas the mole monsters are, they are only a small part of this film. It'salso an adventure movie about exploring for a lost civilization. Mostof the plot involves this civilization which also happens to includethe Mole People. This is good stuff. The stuff that used to scare andentertain in the 50s. The thing is, if you've seen a decent amount ofhorror/sci-fi films from the 50s and early 60s and haven't found muchthat you liked, "The Mole People" is not for you. If you're a fan of50s B movies, you'll love this one. It's a real must see.
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The Mole People (1956)
The Mole People is a movie starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, and Hugh Beaumont. A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in...
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On an archaeological dig in Asia, Dr. Roger Bentley finds a cuneiform tablet referring to an ancient society, the Shadow Dynasty, that was destroyed. An earthquake soon after reveals an ancient artifact and the scientists discover the ruins of an ancient temple world on a remote mountain site. It leads them to an underground world, lost in time, where people have adapted to low light. The High Priest Elinu doesn't welcome the presence of the new arrivals and wants them eliminated.
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Reviewed byChuck StraubVote: 7/10/10
I remember seeing 'The Mole People' when it first came out and I haven'tseenit since - it's never been shown on TV and has never had a video releaseover here in England. So my memories of it are those of an 8 year old.It'sthe only film I've ever seen that gave me nightmares - real, waking upscreaming that the molemen are going to get me, nightmares. 'TheExorcist','Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and all the rest had no effect on me whatsoever,but 'The Mole People' remains for me the scariest film evermade.
At long last, I managed to get my hands on Universal's coveted "The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection" 3-Disc Set ? and I started off with this film, one of three I hadn't watched before.
Following an embarrassing pre-credits sequence featuring a very dull lecture by an overly-mannered University professor, this turns into a fairly engaging piece of sci-fi in the proved Universal manner (from the "Mummy" and "Creature From The Black Lagoon" series of films). Even so, about half of this early section ? involving a group of archaeologists who climb a previously irreproachable mountain after stumbling upon relics belonging to a legendary 'lost' civilization ? is, amusingly, comprised of stock footage (some of it, apparently, from the celebrated German Silent 'mountain picture' THE WHITE HELL OF PITZ PALU )!
Unfortunately, the latter stages ? when the surviving members of the group (including likable hero John Agar, a regular of Universal sci-fi outings) come face to face with an underground race of albinos and their mutant 'mole' slaves! ? which bear strong echoes of another fantasy stalwart, H. Rider Haggard's "She", prove incredibly disappointing; curiously enough, this would also turn out to be the case in such diverse, later sci-fi films as THE TIME MACHINE (1960), BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970) and LOGAN'S RUN (1976). In fact, those sequences here come off as downright inane at times (virtually Grade Z stuff)! At least, Alan Napier gives a committed 'menacing' performance as the chief villain...
The thing is that the plot does have philosophical/existential interest: the species concerned had somehow survived the Biblical flood and, due to a constant lack of sunlight, have degenerated to their current 'form' (with the notion that above them, there's only Heaven ? hence, when the 'normal' humans appear, they're mistaken for Gods!). Of course, they still live in the Dark Ages ? wearing togas and the like ? and regularly sacrifice 'obsolete' members in their midst by frying them to death. However, we're never told how the mutants evolved or, for that matter, just why a normal and inevitably beautiful girl should turn up among them after all this time (and whom they obviously consider a 'freak of nature'!).
The supporting cast includes Nestor Paiva (like Agar and producer William Alland, a BLACK LAGOON alumnus) as the hero's elderly companion, who's panic-stricken in the presence of this alternate universe, and soon ends up a victim of the 'Mole People' ? thus exposing the intruders' essential mortality! Though Alexander Golitzen's set design per se is impressive, the low-budget afforded the film is most evident during the very mild destruction of the underground city at the climax; the downbeat coda ? in which the heroine is stupidly killed ? was perhaps unwarranted, though.
In the end, I wholeheartedly share the generally-held view that this one's "probably the worst of Universal-International's '50s sci-fi movies" (to quote Leonard Maltin).