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The Mole People (1956)

aka The Mole People

"From a Lost Age... HORROR Crawls from the Depths of the Earth!"

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Details: 77 mins · English


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Small Dr. Roger Bentley
No_movie_poster Adad
Small Dr. Jud Bellamin
Small Elinu, the High Priest
Small Prof. Etienne Lafarge
No_movie_poster Dr. Paul Stuart
No_movie_poster Nazar
No_movie_poster First Officer
No_movie_poster Himself
No_movie_poster Mole Person
No_movie_poster First Officer
Small Elinu


No_movie_poster William Alland Producer
No_movie_poster Virgil W. Vogel Director
No_movie_poster Ellis W. Carter Director of Photography
No_movie_poster László Görög Writer
No_movie_poster Irving Birnbaum Editor


"From a Lost Age... HORROR Crawls from the Depths of the Earth!"

"Terrifying monsters from a lost age!"


A narration by Dr. Frank Baxter, an English professor at the University of Southern California, explains the premise of the film and its basis in reality. He briefly discusses the hollow earth theories of John Symmes and Cyrus Teed among others, and says that the movie is a fictionalized representation of this unorthodox point-of-view.

Archaeologists Dr. Roger Bentley and Dr. Jud Bellamin stumble upon a race of Sumerian albinos living deep under the Earth. They keep mutant humanoid mole men as their slaves to harvest mushrooms, their primary food source, since they can grow without sunlight. The Sumerian albinos' ancestors moved into the subterranean after the cataclysmic floods in ancient Mesopotamia. Whenever their population increases, they sacrifice old people to the Eye of Ishtar, which is really natural light coming from the surface. These people have lived underground for so long that they are weakened by bright light which the archaeologists brought in the form of a flashlight. However, there is one girl named Adad who has natural Caucasian skin who is disdained by the others since she has the "mark of darkness." They believe the men are messengers of Ishtar, their goddess.

When one of the archaeologists is killed by a mole person, Elinu, the High Priest, realizes they are not gods. He orders their capture and takes the flashlight to control the Mole People, not knowing it is depleted. The archaeologists are then sent to the Eye just as the Mole People rebel. Adad goes to the Eye only to realize its true nature and that the men had survived. They then leave for the surface. Unfortunately, Adad dies after reaching the surface, when an earthquake causes a column to fall over and crush her.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1957-02-22 : Finland

Theatrical : United States of America

Theatrical : 1957-09-13 : France