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Enemy from Space (1957)
"Quatermass 2" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  September 1957 (USA)
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Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lomax (as John Longdon)
Sidney James ...
Jimmy Hall (as Sydney James)
Bryan Forbes ...
Marsh
William Franklyn ...
Dr. Brand
Vera Day ...
Sheila
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Dawson
Tom Chatto ...
John Van Eyssen ...
The P.R.O.
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Gorman
Michael Ripper ...
Ernie
John Rae ...
McLeod
Marianne Stone ...
Secretary
Ronald Wilson ...
Young Man
Jane Aird ...
Mrs. McLeod
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Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for Moon colonisation his project to colonize the Moon, is intrigued by the mysterious traces that have been showing up on his radar - meteorites crashing down?. Following them to the place where they should be landing he finds a destroyed village, a mysterious factory too close to his designs for the Moon colony for comfort, and some strange, aerodynamic objects containing a mysterious, ammonia-based gas that infects one of his assistants. Officially, the factory is producing synthetic food; but despite the veil of secrecy surrounding it Quatermass succeeds in finding out it harbours aliens with deadly designs on the Earth... Second in Hammer Films' trio of screen versions for Nigel Kneale's classic 1950s BBC serials, with the same director and star as 1955's "The Quatermass Experiment". Written by Jorge Mourinha <rjmourinha@mail.telepac.pt>

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A horrible enemy from the unknown strikes terror across the earth!

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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September 1957 (USA)  »

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Enemy from Space  »

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£92,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The Shell Haven Refinery location used in the television serial was revisited for the film, which was able to make greater use of the location. See more »

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Quatermass and Marsh are seen supposedly driving north on the Carlisle road and just about to turn left, yet earlier in the film Quatermass is shown on the same road, also driving north (from London) but in the opposite direction. See more »

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Followed by The Quatermass Experiment (2005) See more »

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Midsummer Mood
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Music by Kenneth Essex
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Well made and still pertinent
25 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie sees Brian Donleavy reprise the role of Bernard Quatermass,who when the movie opens is not a happy man,the British government having turned down his plans for a Moon colony.Distraction arrives in the form of objects from outer space landing in northern England .On going to investigate he finds a site looking more than a little like the moon project mock up,and to complicate matters his assistant(played by future author/director Bryan Forbes,then in his stalwart character actor mode)is stricken by on coming into contact with the alien substance and is carted away by the guards on the project

Quatermass gains entry to the plant as part of a parliamentary study group who are assured it is a project to manufacture synthetic food.Naturally ,they are being economical with the truth and the plant is the front for an alien invasion

How the intrepid if permanently bad tempered scientist tackles the problem is the root of the movie which still has resonance today in its suggestion of cover up and conspiracy,aliens having infiltrated the government and police(This would explain why British politicians seem determined that we shall be ruled by aliens--the EC!)

The movie makes good use of locations and the alien plant is an old utilities generation plant that looks chilling and strangely futuristic.Donleavy is too much on one note as,but Sid James is effective in a rare straight role as a hard drinking journalist and the rest of the cast are adequate

Special effects are antiquated.What still works are its atmosphere and sense of paranoia regarding our political lords and masters.


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