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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Adam Royston
... John Elliott
... Insp. 'Mac' McGill
... LCpl. 'Spider' Webb
Jameson Clark ... Jack Harding
... Peter Elliott
... Lt. Bannerman
Marianne Brauns ... Zena, the Nurse
Ian MacNaughton ... Haggis (as Ian McNaughton)
... Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke
John Harvey ... Maj. Cartwright
... Soldier Burned on Back
Jane Aird ... Vi Harding
Norman MacOwan ... Old Tom (as Norman Macowan)
... Unwin (as Neil Hallet)
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Het onbekende  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jimmy Sangster, director Leslie Norman was not overly interested in making this film, but did anyway for the sake of work. Dean Jagger and other crew members, not to mention Hammer brass, all found Norman very difficult to work with, so much so that despite the film receiving some good notices, Hammer never worked with Norman again. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Adam Royston: It's on its way for the biggest meal of its life.
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Connections

Featured in The World of Hammer: Sci-Fi (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22: V. Finale: Allegro vivace
(uncredited)
Written by Antonín Dvorák
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10 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Dean Jagger battles radioactive goo from the center of the earth in this 1956 Hammer outing. Unlike "The Blob", released 2 years later, this creepy little horror story is played straight; no attempt at camp here! Dean Jagger, Leo McKern, and Anthony Newley play their parts with a subtlety and professionalism that's rarely matched in similar period pieces. While this film was overshadowed by it's American counterpart (see above), it remains one of Hammer's better efforts and should be judged on it's own. Yes, the premise is a bit hard to believe, but, once you get past that, everything else in this film works, from the direction to the score to the dialog, and of course the acting. In short, this is an underexposed, tight little chiller that has just the right amount of genuine suspense and believable characters. Don't miss it.


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