Mole People (1956 film)
"Deep inside the Earth, a lost civilization a million years old! From a lost age, horror crawls from the depths of the Earth!" A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.
- Release Date: 1956
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction
- Setting: 1950s Iran
- Runtime: 1 hr 17 min
- Starring: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont
- Director: Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)
- Writer: László Görög (as Laszlo Gorog)
- Producer/Production Co: Universal International Pictures (UI)
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- Rated: approved (equivalent to a PG for mild Violence)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone)
Lost civilizations of degenerate mutants hidden deep inside a Hollow Earth underworld....
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
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Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia. The albino mutants are burned by bright light, and control a population of degenerate "mole people" slaves who farm mushrooms for their food. The mutants believe the archaeologists to be gods when it is discovered that they came from the world above bringing electric flashlights, but soon scheme against the party, who are saved by their kindness towards the mole people and a non-albino underworld girl who was meant to be sacrificed to the light, who all defend the archaeologists from the mutants. The party manages to escape from the underworld realm just before a cave collapses.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- The film was originally meant to have a happier ending, with the girl Adad escaping with the party and living happily ever after as a love interest of one of the characters, but executive meddling had the ending rewritten so that she runs back into the cavern just before it collapses, killing her, presumably because the studio, in predictable 1950s fashion, was uncomfortable with the implied interracial nature of the originally-written relationship.
Associated Mythos Elements
- setting: Hollow Earth
- race: Deros
- race: "Mole People" (compare to Martense Kin)
- cult: Cult of Ishtar