Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959 film)

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Summary

"Based on Jules Verne's fantastic stories of strange adventure... a fabulous world below the world!" Based on the story by Jules Verne, an Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Details

  • Release Date: 1959
  • Country/Language: US, English & Icelandic
  • Genres/Technical: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Setting: Hollow Earth, Gaslight era
  • Runtime: 2 hr 12 min
  • Starring: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl
  • Director: Henry Levin
  • Writer: Jules Verne (story), Walter Reisch and Charles Brackett (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Cooga Mooga, Joseph M. Schenck Enterprises
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG (Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very much here that could be directly considered "Lovecraftian", but there is a sunken Atlantis hidden in a Hollow Earth, and this is among the better Hollow Earth movies ever made, with some of the most striking Hollow Earth imagery to have ever been put to film....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Scott Ashlin at 1000 Mispent Hours and Counting (1.5/5 Stars) (link) - "If you pay close attention to the dialogue, you’ll note that the plot of Journey to the Center of the Earth unfolds over the course of most of a year. And yeah, the way this movie flows, that feels about right. ...I have a longstanding personal prejudice against movies in which the heroes are routinely bailed out of trouble by their cute animal companions... Lavish production values will only carry a movie so far; it may be vastly sillier than this one, but At the Earth’s Core is at least reasonably entertaining most of the time."
  • Nigel Honeybone at Horror News dotnet, (link) - "...Admittedly, a lot of suspension of disbelief is required, but there is also something delightful about the sheer madness of it all. Though the effects now seem charmingly dated and many of the cavernous sets are obviously studio-bound, the artificiality of the production seems somehow very in keeping with the Victorian imagination animating it...."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2.5/5 Stars) (link) - "Any connection between this film version of Journey to the Center of the Earth and Jules Verne’s 1864 novel (his second published) must be considered purely coincidental."

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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.


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