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The Thing in the Cave


Every uncharted cavern has its own pasts and mysterious. Two couples get trapped in one with an infamous inhabitant.



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 11, 1974
  • Repeat - June 2, 1974





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12 Responses to Episode 0054

It's kind of tricky at some points to figure out who's who, but it's not really two couples; it's a bridal party. Bride, groom, best man, maid of honor. David and Eve are about to be married. Hank and Barbara aren't dating. It isn't so much a supernatural story as an action/adventure story, and not a bad one for radio where you can't actually see the whirlpools and the death-defying gymnastics. The ending is very satisfying. Action/adventure, questioned supernatural elements.


Four young spelunkers explore a cave which, when they were kids, had a legend attached to it about a "thing" that lurked inside. While they're in it, a collapse causes the opening to be blocked. Their efforts to find their way out, and the yo-yo of emotions from having hope to feeling hopeless, makes for some pretty good drama. The ending wasn't very creative, but oh, well.


I rate this episode ★★★ for AVERAGE. In ACT 1, it felt like it was going to be a horror story that there's a "thing" that's going to terrorize our 4 characters. In ACT 2, they do what they can to survive. In ACT 3, there happens to be a "thing" that exist in the cave, but not what you would expect. Check this episode out. =0]


I would concur with your average rating Russell. I would rate this as a2.5 stars out of 5. I got lost sometimes in who was who in the mix of characters but ironic enough it really did not matter as to the story all that much. I thought it ended kind of weak.


An interesting tale centered on four spelunkers who are trapped in a cave. Legend has it that a "Thing" resides in the cave which adds significantly to the tension.


What is found in the cave? Fear and determination.


Two couples are trapped in a cave with its notorious resident. A foolish script and over acting add up to a poor rating.

Jack Lynns

We follow 4 people into a cave frequented in their childhood, and feared the legend of The Thing that dwelt within. After a landslide, they are trapped and must find their way out. Rather lame ending, and beginning, and middle for that matter.

Xylene Ambers

Marian Seldes is annoying with her Carol Lynley/ Poseidon Adventure character; whining, terrified of everything, and a nerve wracking, theatrical voice. I, however, did enjoy the story.


I was ready to rate it a "4" until the cop-out of an ending.


I agree with the others that it was difficult to keep track of the characters. I can imagine that it wouldn't be as easy as they made it sound in the show either. I guess that I agree with the others that it was an average show as well.


I thought this was one of the BEST yet!! Reminds me of the old Mysterious Traveler episode. Is it called Out Of The Past? They get stuck in a cave and an old life form they discover. VERY spooky! This was a GREAT episode@ 5 STARS!


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