Scream Factory Press Release: The Mole People (1956) (Blu-ray)

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**NEW TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT**

Earlier today we announced rats (in the form of the remake of WILLARD) so let’s add more “rodents” to the mix shall we? 1956’s THE MOLE PEOPLE will be coming to Blu-ray on February 26th!

John Agar (Attack Of The Puppet People), Hugh Beaumont (Leave It To Beaver) and Nestor Paiva (Creature From The Black Lagoon) star as three archaeologists who come upon an unusual race of albino beings who shun all forms of light and have mutant mole men as their slaves. Because of their “magical cylinders of fire” (what we know as flashlights), these archaeologists are treated like gods – until they try to liberate the mole people. Can the archaeologists escape this hallowed mountain in Asia … or will they be destroyed in a strange underground world?

Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date.

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20 Comments

  1. This is a perfectly dreadful, uninspired, poorly made film that I (& I imagine plenty of other people on this forum) love, having seen it at an impressionable age. I can't wait for the Blu-ray, as I will be able to revel in the horrendous cheapness of the sets, not to mention the delightful longueurs as cast members struggle to remember their insipid lines. I only hope the aspect ratio is finally correct, which took a lot of pleasure out of the DVD. I know, having aspect ratio conniptions over slip-shod low-budget trash is a contradiction in terms. But that's what makes collecting so much fun! And the film's concept is actually interesting, while the execution is boring beyond belief, or is it beneath contempt? If Michael Snow and Ed Wood collaborated on a bargain-basement, low budget sci-fi film, it would probably be more fun, but similar.

  2. Fantastic news! One of my favorite Universal horror films from that era. I know it didn't rise to the prominence of the Classic Uni Horrors or even some of it's brothers like Tarantula or The Incredible Shrinking Man, but I just really loved this one. It had such a nice 50's matinee feel to it, so the nostalgia factor works well for me with this one.

    Gary "so glad this is being released" O.

  3. If I didn't already buy the import version last year I would be excited for this. Hopefully we get some unreleased on blu ray anywhere titles soon like the Deadly Mantis, Monolith Monsters, The Leech Woman, The Thing that could not die. Deadly Mantis and Monolith Monsters are in desperate need of original widescreen versions after mediocre DVD releases.

  4. I am ambivalent about THE MOLE PEOPLE. I don't think it's terrible, though it contains a lot of terrible moments. But the creatures emerging from the sand, like a reverse INVADERS FROM MARS effect, is kinda cool. The music score is decent, especially a nice cue from early on, as the archaeologists approach the entrance to the lost temple.

    Nice to see this second Universal sci-fi release announced.

    Now, let's roll out a second Val Lewton title!

  5. I know a lot of people are down on this film. I love it for many reasons. Nostalgia ,Hugh Beaumont,John Agar,or just the cool looking Mole people . Maybe not technically great but a lot of fun. Can't wait.

  6. Mark McSherry

    This is just great, great news! And I had just been wondering— What could possibly top the recent release of the 4K 2001?

    Yes, Kubrick was often quoted as being sad that his space movie did not measure up to The Mole People.

  7. I wonder about Kubrick's reaction had they screened THE MOLE PEOPLE instead:

    Arthur C Clarke: "We met in Trader Vic's bar in New York. Stanley wanted to do the “proverbial good science-fiction movie”. I took him to see Things To Come, the H G Wells classic, made in 1936, and I remember Stanley's reaction: “What are you trying to do to me? I'll never see a movie you recommend again.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/highlights/010104_arthur.shtml

  8. Randy Korstick

    If I didn't already buy the import version last year I would be excited for this. Hopefully we get some unreleased on blu ray anywhere titles soon like the Deadly Mantis, Monolith Monsters, The Leech Woman, The Thing that could not die. Deadly Mantis and Monolith Monsters are in desperate need of original widescreen versions after mediocre DVD releases.

    ‘The Monolith Monsters’, YES!!!

  9. The bottom line is that with such magnificent design graphics packaging artwork who can possibly resist this welcomed blu-ray release?

    Now that’s the way to effectively promote and market something to be sure!

    I’ll save my (actual) comments on the film itself when a Home Theatre Forum online review is done.

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