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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 26 April 1956 (USA)
Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Val Guest (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brian Donlevy ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass
Jack Warner ... Inspector Lomax
Margia Dean ... Mrs. Judith Carroon
Thora Hird ... Rosemary 'Rosie' Elizabeth Wrigley
Gordon Jackson ... BBC TV producer
David King-Wood David King-Wood ... Dr. Gordon Briscoe
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Christie
Lionel Jeffries ... Blake
Sam Kydd ... Police Sergeant Questioning Rosie
Richard Wordsworth ... Victor Carroon
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In the countryside of London, a rocket crashes on a farm and Professor Bernard Quatermass and Scotland Yard Inspector Lomax arrive in the spot. The rocket was launched by Prof. Quatermass with the astronauts Victor Carroon, Greene and Reichebheim; however only Carroon is found very sick in the cabin. He is transported to a private clinic to stay under observation despite the protests of his wife Mrs. Judith Carroon. She bribes a nurse to bring Carroon to her and she finds that he is transforming into a monster. Carroon escapes, killing people and animals during his metamorphosis while the Scotland Yard is hunting him down and Dr. Quatermass discovers that his process is an alien invasion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nothing Can Destroy It! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP45,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

One of the characters pronounces "metabolic" as "meh-TAB-oh-lik". See more »

Quotes

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

This film was released in the United States in 1956 in an edited 78 minute version under the title The Creeping Unknown. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Quatermass Experiment (1953) See more »

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Creepy Alien Invasion
23 May 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the countryside of London, a rocket crashes on a farm and Professor Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) and Scotland Yard Inspector Lomax (Jack Warner) arrive in the spot. The rocket was launched by Prof. Quatermass with the astronauts Victor Carroon (Richard Wordsworth), Greene and Reichebheim; however only Carroon is found very sick in the cabin. He is transported to a private clinic to stay under observation despite the protests of his wife Mrs. Judith Carroon (Margia Dean). She bribes a nurse to bring Carroon to her and she finds that he is transforming into a monster. Carroon escapes killing people and animals during his metamorphosis while the Scotland Yard is hunting him down and Dr. Quatermass discovers that his process is an alien invasion.

"The Quatermass Xperiment" is an early sci-fi from Hammer with a creepy alien invasion. Despite the low-budget, the screenplay is very well written and the film entertains, specially fans of sci-fi from the 50's. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Terror que Mata" ("Terror that Kills")


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