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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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It's coming for YOU from Space to wipe all living things from the face of the Earth! CAN IT BE STOPPED? See more »

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June 1956 (USA)  »

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The Creeping Unknown  »

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£45,000 (estimated)
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Brian Donlevy and Margia Dean came onboard the project on the recommendation of Hammer's American distributor Robert L. Lippert, to increase appeal for US audiences. See more »

Goofs

When Victor Caroon's wife tries to get him out of the hospital, she and her friend Christie are standing outside in the rain, and you can clearly see that Christie's lab coat is getting wet. When he walks in the hospital, it is dry. He walks in and out a couple of times, but inside the hospital his lab coat is always dry. See more »

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Prof. Bernard Quatermass: There's no room for personal feelings in science, Judith!
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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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