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Quatermass and the Pit

Also Called:
Five Million Years to Earth
Date:
1967
Stars:
James Donald

Andrew Keir

Barbra Shelly
Writer:
Nigel Kneale
Director:
Roy Scott Baker
WRC Score:
4/4

(-_-)b

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

 

Killers from Space

Date:
1954
Stars:
Peter Graves

James Seay

Steve Pendleton
Writer:
William Raynor
Director:
W. Lee Wilder
WRC Score:
1.5/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
July 27, 2012

A plane crash with two occupants turns up only one body.  Hours later, the second occupant turns up alive and well, save for two new scars.  He doesn’t know how he got them, any more than how he survived the crash.  But the Killers From Space know… Everything.

Muahahahahaha!

Or words to that effect.

Anyway.

There is a kernel of an excellent movie buried in Killers From Space. Somewhere.  You might have to do a lot of digging, maybe bring out a pick ax or some dynamite, but it’s there.  Beneath the stock footage, the padding, and a whole bunch of scenes that tell rather than show.  It’s there, damn it.

Okay, so Killers From Space is a bad movie. (0.5 points)  And honestly, i don’t know why I’m going to such length to defend it, as I can’t honestly say I liked the movie (1 point),

However, I did have my fun riffing on it while I watched it. So it’s might not be a total loss.  Either for me, or for you.

Overall Score: 1.5 total point out of a possible 4