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Enemy from Space (1957)

Quatermass 2 (original title)
Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | September 1957 (USA)
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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A horrible enemy from the unknown strikes terror across the earth!


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Release Date:

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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1.66 : 1
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The best SF Film I Have Seen. The Best Horror Film I Have Seen
24 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

One has to see this film in the context of when it was made. Britain was in the grip of science fever at the time. There were heavily attended science fairs all over the country; the space race was under starter's orders; and many people (even some scientists) still harboured the idea that there was intelligent life in the solar system.

A man of the times was the character of Prof Bernard Quatermass played by Brian Donlevy. He was the new breed of scientific hero: tough talking, hard-headed, as good with his fists as he was with his integral calculus, wilful, and armed with a can of bullshit repellent. At the time, it was thought that the scientists were going to solve all the world's problems; and Prof Quatermass was the British embodiment of this notion.

The Shell refinery setting is superb for one of the most frightening SF stories you are ever going to come across. It is not the aliens which are so frightening as the reactions of the authorities, and the lengths they will go to, to cover the whole thing up. Note that some of the uniforms worn by the authorities are even more frightening than the aliens in the domes.

It is not often that a sequel is better than the original; but this is such a case. The Quatermass Experiment is fine; but this one is much, much better.

It's still good. It could have been made only a couple of weeks ago.

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