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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1956 (USA)
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A missile, launched by the team led by Prof. Quatermass, lands in the English countryside. Of the three members of the crew, two have mysteriously disappeared. The third one, barely alive, ... See full summary »

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A missile, launched by the team led by Prof. Quatermass, lands in the English countryside. Of the three members of the crew, two have mysteriously disappeared. The third one, barely alive, undergoes an horrible metamorphosis turning into a monstrous "thing". When he breaks out and, chased in vain by inspector Lomax, starts killing humans and animals to feed his transformation, Quatermass realizes that this is the way chosen by an alien form of life to invade the Earth. Written by Stefano Cristiani <cristiani@astrpd.pd.astro.it>

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June 1956 (USA)  »

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£45,000 (estimated)
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Anthony Hinds handed the TV scripts of the story to Val Guest as the latter was about to fly to Tangier for a holiday. Implored by his wife to read them (having caught none of the 1953 BBC broadcasts), an impressed Guest felt that the story would benefit from a cinema vérité shooting style, to lend a documentary air and so strengthen credibility. See more »

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When the spaceship is first seen, it is stuck into the ground at an angle of approximately 70 degrees, yet when Quatermass and his team enter, the inside is shown almost level. See more »

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Insp. Lomax: Nobody ever wins a cold war.
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Compelling monster film
23 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

THE CREEPING UNKNOWN (The American title for this film) moves at a quick pace, it never tires. There is sympathy for the astronaut who returns to earth, only to have a blistery, blob like creature grow around him. That gives it the feel of a classic Universal horror film. My favorite scene is the first view of the monster. Director Val Guest that seeing the monster head on would probably look too phony, this being a lower budgeted film. We see monster on a TV monitor of a television camera that happens to be nearby. This kills any details giving it away we are looking at a toy monster. Brian Donlevy's rather emotionless Quartermass would of been good as a supporting character, but not the lead. He comes across too much like a Brooklyn businessman.


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