Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain

Black Sheep director Jonathan King adapts Kiwi novelist Maurice Gee's classic tale for the screen. Teenage twins Rachel (Sophie McBridge) and Theo (Tom Cameron) investigate the spooky house next door, only to discover the Wilberforces – shape-shifting creatures, lead by Mr Wilberforce (Oliver Driver), that lurk beneath Auckland's ring of extinct volcanoes. With the help of the mysterious Mr Jones (Sam Neill) and their older cousin Ricky, the twins must rekindle the unique powers they once shared if they are to destroy this ancient evil.

Written in 1979, the novel has been made into a television series but has never made it to the big screen until now.

2009Rating: M, contains supernatural themes90 minsNew Zealand
AdventureKids & FamilyFantasy
10%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Entertaining, well-mounted Kiwi children's thriller... Kids will be safely spooked by muddy ghouls, and adult guardians will feel the time pass comfortably.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Just when you thought the scariest thing about Auckland was the traffic ...

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Manages to invoke nearly every genre cliche ever formulated by the lazy mind of man. The plot and basic concept behind the film defy comprehension, and one suspects that both were infinitely clearer in the novel, given the greater expansiveness available to that medium.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

New Kiwi movie Under the Mountain enjoys a rare position in New Zealand's cultural history.

0

Having had this book read to us in school, and having watched the T.V. series I had high expectations of this film. As a book it was good for adults and children but the movie fails to cross the bridge between the generations. The screenplay is poorly written, the characters do not develop well, and the acting is overblown and wooden. The special effects...

1.0
0

Its an awsome movie it has great pace and it's enjoyable

5.0
0

Saw the premiere on Saturday, really good energy and pace, great acting from the kids, but Ricky was amazing! Hilarious and had the audience in fits!

5.0
0

This will be brilliant. Loved it as a kid. There's a great Facebook app over on Visas fan page where you can Wilberforce yourself: http://www.facebook.com/#/VisaEntertainment?v=app_4949752878&ref=ts

4.0
0

Was lucky enough to see this at Toronto. Fast paced and exciting, a great ride.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Entertaining, well-mounted Kiwi children's thriller... Kids will be safely spooked by muddy ghouls, and adult guardians will feel the time pass comfortably.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Just when you thought the scariest thing about Auckland was the traffic ...

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Manages to invoke nearly every genre cliche ever formulated by the lazy mind of man. The plot and basic concept behind the film defy comprehension, and one suspects that both were infinitely clearer in the novel, given the greater expansiveness available to that medium.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

New Kiwi movie Under the Mountain enjoys a rare position in New Zealand's cultural history.

0

Having had this book read to us in school, and having watched the T.V. series I had high expectations of this film. As a book it was good for adults and children but the movie fails to cross the bridge between the generations. The screenplay is poorly written, the characters do not develop well, and the acting is overblown and wooden. The special effects...

1.0
0

Its an awsome movie it has great pace and it's enjoyable

5.0
0

Saw the premiere on Saturday, really good energy and pace, great acting from the kids, but Ricky was amazing! Hilarious and had the audience in fits!

5.0
0

This will be brilliant. Loved it as a kid. There's a great Facebook app over on Visas fan page where you can Wilberforce yourself: http://www.facebook.com/#/VisaEntertainment?v=app_4949752878&ref=ts

4.0
0

Was lucky enough to see this at Toronto. Fast paced and exciting, a great ride.

4.0
0