Quatermass and the Pit

Also Called:
Five Million Years to Earth
James Donald

Andrew Keir

Barbra Shelly
Nigel Kneale
Roy Scott Baker
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Quatermass and the Pit (also known as Five Million Years to Earth) tells the tale of a scientific discovery found during construction of a subway.  What scientists learn there promises to change the way we think about Humanity.  Worse, it might change the way Humanity thinks, period.

This is quite possible the best film Hammer Studio ever produced, and I don’t say that lightly.  Written by Sci Fi great Nigel Kneale, it has great ideas and a great forward momentum that is never bogged down.  Helping the cause are excellent actors such as Julian Glover, Hammer regular Barbra Shelly, and Andrew Keir as the titular Quatermass (which I will forever misspell as Quartermass for some reason.)

With those praises passed out, there are a few nagging problems, such a few stereotypical characters (stuffy, unimaginative military leader, as an example.)  Then there is a key scene that’s clearly played out by stiff miniatures.  But that last can be set aside for the time period.

What matters is that this is a great movie (2 points), highly influential in Science Fiction and in Horror.  I love it to death (2 points) and it comes highly Recommended.

Actually, all the Quatermass films come recommended.  And if you can lay hands on During Barty’s Party, an episode of Kneale’s Beasts series, you won’t regret it.

Score: 4 points out of a possible 4 (-_-)b



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