Monster of the Day #1117

“He is the very model of a modern Major General / with information vegetable, animal and mineral…”

  • I’ve only seen bits and pieces of this one, which is strange, as it combines two of my favorites: Peter Cushing and (badly made) dinosaurs.

  • Flangepart

    Cushing? A-hah! It was on free TV this last week.
    “You can’t mesmerize me. I’m British!”

  • SteveWD

    Man, I love this movie. From the exploding frog-a-saurus whatever thing to Peter Cushing’s miraculous bow making skills, it’s just a lot of fun.

  • Acethepug

    My poor, poor Mahar, what did they do to you? I really loved the first few Pellucidar books when I was little — until I realized they were all pretty much the same idea, just with the names changed.

    Still, the movie was great fun.

  • Gamera977

    Haven’t seen it either. Sad as I too love Cushing and dinosaurs. Is this the one with Caroline Munro too? I have no excuses at all…

  • The Rev.

    Man, this movie is a hoot. The weird-ass dino-hybrid critters and Caroline Munro and Peter Cushing being awesome and Caroline Munro in a loin cloth and Doug McClure punching everything in sight and pig-faced men and Caroline Munro all sweaty…
    Seriously, what is not to like?
    I think I’m going to rewatch this this week, presuming I can find it. It’s been too long.

  • Gamera977

    Alright Rev, you got me, now I must see this movie!!!

  • sandra

    I can’t make any sense of the picture at all. What is it ?

  • bgbear_rnh

    Me too, had to IMDB to come up with “At the Earth’s Core”.

    Also, have you ever tried Google image search when you are stumped?

  • Rock Baker

    I always thought a good movie could’ve been made with one of these suits, in which a prehistoric monster were running around in modern times. I wonder if any of the suits survived the filming. They’d be deteriorated by now, of course, but I still think some producer at the time should’ve used one for a monster-on-the-loose affair.

  • The Rev.

    Have I ever steered you wrong? (I hope not, anyway!)
    If nothing else, Caroline might be hotter than I’ve ever seen her in this. The exploding fire toad is fantastic in an endearingly charming way; it also pops up like a random D&D encounter, out of absolutely nowhere and apropos of nothing. Oh, and Peter Cushing is forever awesome. The mesmerism line is one of my ten favorite lines of dialogue ever, and most of it is due to his indignant manner when he says it, like, “Why, I never! How dare you, sir!?”
    I’m actually getting a little misty. It is not fair that he’s not right there with Christopher Lee acting and making heavy metal albums to this day. God, I miss him.

  • Joliet Jake Blues

    Toby Frost’s Space Captain Smith series has a very British hero, able to use The Bearing to stave off mind control, and the ancient art of Shau Teng to convince others to do his bidding. It came out of the Dune homage volume, but still was good fun. Although I have to say, the Smith series could definitely use a Cushing-based character – I should email the author.

  • Gamera977

    1). I’ll watch anything with Cushing in it.
    2). Most anything with big dumb rubber monsters.
    3). Not sure which I feel stiffed me more, Starcrash where they dubbed over Caroline Munro’s lovely accent or The Spy Who Loved Me where you could blink and miss her two appearances.
    4). Bare-knuckled action with Doug McClure.

    I’d watch a movie with just one of these, how can I resist all FOUR.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Saw this one on THIS TV last week. Very bizarre and yet it has its own appeal, maybe because of the use of the monster costumes. Really the SFX in this one were pretty impressive for a small studio like Amicus.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I think you’ll love it when you get to see it.

  • Eric Hinkle

    You want to see weird Mahars, you need to track down Walt Simonson’s TARZAN VERSUS PREDATOR AT THE EARTH’S CORE, a shockingly clever story that makes all the elements of the crossover work.

  • Acethepug

    Thanks, I definitely will! And Simonson! Even better!

  • Eric Hinkle

    I think you’ll like it. It’s one of those things that sounds like it can’t ever work, and yet Simonson does it with such skill you can’t see how it could have failed.