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on January 4, 2001
In the beginning, there was Frank Baxter, a professor of English, explaining to us various theories through the centuries of how man views his planet in relation to the solar system. Some have seen us looking inward at the stars, others see the earth as a big onion with layers and each layer has inhabitants but there is always, in all the theories a way to reach the center. This is what Mole People is about, three geologist/anthropoligists who accidently stumble onto an ancient Sumerian-like civilization hundreds of feet down. John Agar, Hugh Beaumont and Nestor Paiva are our heroes. They are regarded as gods by the subterranean natives because they possess the fire of Ishtar (a flashlight). The Mole People are slaves to these none too benign pale omnipotents. Gradually, the quasi-Sumerians figure out that our heroes are not gods and try to kill them by placing them in a white hot, brillantly bright hole. Meanwhile, the Mole People attack, killing off the pale bunch, but the good girl escapes with the help of the MP into the bright hole. Strangely enough, the ending has a surprise for us. Goody! There have been better 50's flicks, but there have been a whole lot worse. The atmosphere was dank and creepy in the caves and you never knew when the Mole People would drag you under. Four stars.
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on February 4, 1999
Only the truly dedicated fan of bad 1950s SF movies will enjoy this movie. At best it's a prime drive-in cheesefest, at worst a poor social commentary.
Sexist scientists go underground only to find a society of teeny-eyed, chalky colored people (they must have cornered the market on clown-white makeup) terrified of light and subsisting on mushrooms grown by abused creature-slaves. They find and fight over the only blonde (naive bimbette, of course), tick off the "High Priest" and instigate the uprising of the slaves. The ending is twisted and unexpected.
Pure hokum fun greatly enhanced by the MSK3000 version, includes the obligatory liturgical dance number, but still good for some laughs by itself.
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on February 21, 2003
If you are a leave it to beaver fan, its is amazing seeing hugh beaumont in another role and you keep waiting for him to call wally or the beaver and it just doesnt happen. In one of the beaver episodes ward cleaver talks about the old sci fi horror films being good fun a direct plug for his movie which is kind of cool to see the movie. aside from beaver fans, you normal sci fi fans will love this well plotted out adventure and journey below the earth. This is much better then the stupid garbage put out by hollywood today and you can sit and enjoy it with your whole family and it actually has a couple scary moments when you ignore the silly rubber glove and masks wore by the mole people. this is a keeper.
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on November 4, 1999
Its a standard scifi storyline of a lost civilisation being stumbled on by our heroes. A very long and tedious introduction by a uni professor expounds theories of underground dwelling. In fact the whole movie is padded with many long episodes of no intrinsic value. Plenty of ridiculous scientific explanations by John Agar. The 150 ruling beings couldn't possibly survive in their environment. And the Mole people seem to be completely subservient but probably outnumber their rulers. Of course there is a love interest with beautiful maidens. A sad effort.
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on October 28, 2001
The Mole People is an interesting movie. John Agar is the leader of an anthropological expedition looking for another lost tribe somewhere in the mountains of the Middle East. The expedition (includes Beaver's dad Hugh Beaumont) accidentally find the lost Sumerians (Batman's Alfred, Alan Napier is the high priest). The Mole People can't stand the sunlight, offer sacrifices, have a terrible dance scene, and end the end appear to be destroyed. It's not a bad movie and the Mystery Science 3000 version is even better.
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on December 22, 1999
If you're in the mood for a lost civilization romance, and are willing to accept the story's premises, this movie is excellent escapist fare. The actual story doesn't begin until after a ten minute unnecessary introduction, and is only about 70 minutes long. I'm always amazed by how much happens in that short time (though the dance sequence does go on too long). As a child, the ending was a complete surprise to me; as an adult, I still find a sense of wonder in it, and in the movie as a whole.
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on June 12, 2000
I saw this on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and this (along with Mitchell, Devel Doll, and the Increadably Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-up Zombies) is one of the worst movies they have ever shown! Mike, Crow, and Servo gave their best riffs (which were very funny) but the cheesyness of this movie was overwhelming! If this (or any of the other movies mentioned above) didn't make them crack, nothing will!
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on December 12, 2001
Obviously lower-budgett, Possibly by black-listed geniuses?....Great ideas, dialogue, sets, costumes, make-up, music, acting, directing...A "message" flick, in the tradition of "Invasion of the body Snatchers", etc.....when "B" movies and sci-fi were employed to convey more than just the superficial story. I love this flick. I only own a dozen or so, and this is one of them.
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on April 19, 2002
This movie was a Saturday afternoon TV favorite of mine when I was a kid in the early 70s. It's actually a fun movie and has some nice touches. As a kid I really sympathized with the Mole Creatures. I thought they looked cute!
But the albino Sumerian culture that Agar & his cohorts discovers is really well-done and creepy looking..
Don't miss this 50s classic!
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on October 4, 1999
I'll never forget seeing this movie as a ten-year-old at a Saturday matinee in Bethesda, MD, in about 1957. The thing that's stuck with me all these years: the fact that you could see zippers running up the backs of the monsters they called the Mole People. Don't miss this one!
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