Under the Mountain

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Under the Mountain

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Welcome to the Under the Mountain guide at TV.com. Red-headed twins Rachel and Theo Matheson, hoping for a relaxing summer, have taken a train to Auckland, New Zealand for a visit with their aunt and uncle. Upon arrival, and after showing tolerance for their aunt's embarrassing terms of endearment, the twins notice a strange neighboring house and its eccentric owner, Mr Wilburforce. Curiosity grips them and, eventually, they are compelled to sneak inside and explore. The twins, however, do not realize that an ancient evil lurks beneath the house...and that only with the help of an old friend will they be able to survive. This series is based upon the novel "Under the Mountain" by Maurice Gee, and was later aired in the US on Nickelodeon as a part of The Third Eye Series. In Dutch the title is Moddermonsters but also known as De Monsterplaneet. In 2009, the story was made into a movie directed by Jonathan King, best known for his earlier movie Black. The movie was greatly influenced by the 1982 series, which is considered a Sci-Fi classic in its home country New Zealand. All eight episodes have now been released on one dual-layer region-free (region 0) DVD in New Zealand.

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