Published in 1914 as a four part serial for All-Story Weekly At the Earth’s Core is one of my favourite of Burroughs’s series second only to Tarzan which makes their eventual cross-over that much more awesome. The series is of course based on the Hollow Earth theory which had been around since ancient times but even much later people such as Edmund Halley believed the Earth could be in part hollow but without the dinosaurs. That people of the 20th century oft believed this to be the case is what lead Burroughs to write his tale.
If ever there was to be a king of lost cities or lost civilizations that king would be Edgar Rice Burroughs; Tarzan couldn’t swing fifteen feet through the jungles of Africa without running into some ancient lost city or another, and of course there is the The Land That Time Forgot where dinosaurs still roam the Earth in a mysterious continent locked behind the ice in the Antarctic. But before all that, there was Pellucidar- a whole world locked hundreds of miles beneath the Earth’s crust where creatures from every geological era roam free and evil reptilian masters dominate the race of man.
“So what are the odds of us finding Atlantis or dinosaurs?“
The wonderful world of Pellucidar
“I was just offering her a navel piercing.“
“Perry, genocide is fine as long as the ones you are killing are evil.“
“For the last time, I’m not a Klingon!”
In 1976 Amicus Pictures made At the Earth’s Core their follow up picture to The Land That Time Forgot and even with a relatively small budget they managed to pull off rather decent and fun adventure film.
The film stars Doug McClure as David Innes while British icon Peter Cushing plays inventor Abner Perry and the two of them have excellent screen chemistry, the brash American and the ever British gentlemen make for a great dynamic. The first difference from book to screen is that in the book David and Abner were doing the first test of the Iron Mole in secret while in the movie they are doing it for an entire press junket and local spectators. Also in the book the Iron Mole was aimed down into the Earth’s crust while in the movie the plan was to go through a mountain. So David and Perry’s experiment fails in both versions just more spectacular out of the gate in the movie.
“Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with you, Doug!”
“Polly wanna to stomp Tokyo?”
“How do you say “bad puppet” in Pellucidarian?”
“Hey, I’m also pretty sure they were communists.”
Beware Rodan’s ugly step-kids.
“You can’t mesmerize me, I’m British!”
Little Cave of Horrors.
I don’t see a way in which you could mistake Caroline Munro for a Mahar.
Cue zany ending!
And seriously, who could leave her behind?