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X the Unknown (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | May 1957 (USA)
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A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.

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John Elliott
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Jameson Clark ...
Jack Harding
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Lt. Bannerman
Marianne Brauns ...
Zena, the Nurse
Ian MacNaughton ...
Haggis (as Ian McNaughton)
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Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke
John Harvey ...
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Soldier Burned on Back
Jane Aird ...
Vi Harding
Norman MacOwan ...
Old Tom (as Norman Macowan)
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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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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 movie, but did anyway for the sake of work. See more »

Goofs

Lansing watches the stick sinking in a pool of liquid, but in a later long shot the stick in seen firmly standing in dry ground. See more »

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Dr. Adam Royston: It's on its way for the biggest meal of its life.
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Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22: V. Finale: Allegro vivace
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Written by Antonín Dvorák
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Excellent early Hammer science fiction
7 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

X the Unknown is an excellent sci fi movie from Hammer. It was made a year after The Quatermass Experiment.

Drilling at a remote location in the Scottish Highlands attracts a strange force from below. It turns out to be a blob like creature that feeds on radiation, which gets bigger as a result. After several people are killed by it including a young boy, a scientist finds a way to kill it and succeeds at the end.

This films stars American actor Dean Jagger and is joined by several familiar British stars: Leo McKern (The Day The Earth Caught Fire), Anthony Newly (Killers of Kilimanjaro), a young Frazer Hines (Dr Who, Emmerdale) and Hammer regular Michael Ripper (Curse of the Werewolf, The Mummy).

The movie has a very creepy score and location photography, a lot of which was shot at night.

This movie is a must if you are a fan of 1950's science fiction and Hammer.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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