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X: The Unknown (1956)

 -  Sci-Fi | Mystery | Horror  -  May 1957 (USA)
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Radioactive mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950's.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edward Chapman ...
John Elliott
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Insp. 'Mac' McGill
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LCpl. 'Spider' Webb
Jameson Clark ...
Jack Harding
William Lucas ...
Peter Elliott
Peter Hammond ...
Lt. Bannerman
Marianne Brauns ...
Zena, the Nurse
Ian MacNaughton ...
Haggis (as Ian McNaughton)
Michael Ripper ...
Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke
John Harvey ...
Maj. Cartwright
Edwin Richfield ...
Soldier Burned on Back
Jane Aird ...
Vi Harding
Norman Macowan ...
Old Tom
Neil Hallett ...
Unwin (as Neil Hallet)
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British Army radiation drills at a remote Scottish base attract a subterranean, radioactive entity of unknown nature that vanishes, leaving two severely radiation-burned soldiers... and a "bottomless" crack in the earth. Others who meet the thing in the night suffer likewise, and with increasing severity; it seems to be able to "absorb" radiation from any source, growing bigger and bigger. What is it?? How do you destroy a thing that "feeds" on energy? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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NOTHING CAN STOP IT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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May 1957 (USA)  »

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Het onbekende  »

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The movie began under the direction of Joseph Losey (working as Joseph Walton), exiled to England because of the Hollywood blacklist. However, when Dean Jagger arrived he refused to work with a director he thought of as a Communist sympathizer, and Losey was replaced by Leslie Norman before shooting began. Losey's departure was publicly attributed to "illness". It has also been reported that Losey simply didn't want to make the film and left the project, to be replaced by Norman, who also didn't want to make the film, but did anyway. See more »

Goofs

When the two soldiers "Spider" and "Haggis" are patrolling the crevasse and are confronted by "X" they are both carrying Thompson sub-machine guns. This firearm was never issued to British forces. See more »

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Great scary fun!
29 January 2001 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

A really neat Sci-Fi/Horror item about a superheated blob creature that haunts the Scottish moors. Believably acted by a cast of veterans, and loaded with terrific suspense. Hammer Films once again demonstrates what can be done with a small budget and lots of imagination. Watch for this one!


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