Just for fun
As one who was intimately involved in this film, all I can say is that while it isn't in the same league as "Raiders" which is what Sandy Howard wanted, it was probably better than a lot of the 50s horror movies that were its real parentage. It was done with the European audience in mind, with the hope that it would find a following in the US.
Just to get the film made on a budget that was abouit what the average one-hour TV episode costs involved many compromises and "deals" that all ended up hurting the final product to some extent: the English and Canadians used for cast and crew were there to enable the film to qualify for a UK tax break, it was shot for the most part in real caves rather than on a soundstage to qualify for Tennesseee and Alabama "incentives"--a terrible idea for a low-budget movie! the conditions were nightmarish!---- I could go on, but suffice it to say, it was a wonder it ever got to the screen at all.
That it did is a tribute to the actors and crew who did their jobs as professionally as conditions and budget allowed. With a script the quality of Raiders, and one half the budget of Raiders, I can only dream about what might have been done. It was a great lesson for me--only make the films you really want to make, and don't compromise. If what's in the script can't be shot for money or time constraints--change the script!