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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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Lomax (as John Longdon)
Sidney James ...
Jimmy Hall (as Sydney James)
Bryan Forbes ...
Marsh
William Franklyn ...
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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£92,000 (estimated)
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Midsummer Mood
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Music by Kenneth Essex
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Excellent Brit shocker. One of the best in the underrated Quatermass series.
27 May 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Quatermass 2' is even better than the excellent 'The Quatermass Xperiment'. Like the first movie it was a remake of the original British TV production which I have sadly not seen (both are lost I think). Val Guest directs once again, Brian Donlevy reprises the role of the crusty Professor Quatermass, and this time Nigel Kneale was allowed to adapt his own original script, which probably explains why it improves on the first movie. Quatermass stumbles across a mysterious secret Government installation which is supposedly developing synthetic food, but is in fact something quite different and frightening. Donlevy isn't my favourite Quatermass but he is better here than in the first movie, and the supporting cast includes John Longden in the role originally played by Jack Warner, Bryan Forbes as Quatermass' assistant Marsh (another change of actor), comedian Sid James of 'Carry On' fame, and Hammer regular Michael Ripper. 'Quatermass 2' is a very entertaining and suspenseful thriller, which hasn't dated as half as much as you'd expect. It will particularly be interesting to fans of 'Invasion Of The Body Snatchers', which it shares certain themes with, and 'The X-Files', which many people, myself included, would argue owes this movie and the next in the series 'Quatermass and the Pit' a large debt. Nigel Kneale is one of the most underrated writers of SF and horror of our time (over 80 years old and still active!), and the Quatermass movies are his best known and enjoyable achievements. I highly recommend them all.


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