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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 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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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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Het onbekende  »

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Trivia

The U.S. version shown on TV for many years contained only introductory music under the Warners Brothers title, with no opening title music. The British version, featured on later DVD versions, contained James Bernard's opening title music. 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

Peter Elliott: What happened, sir? I don't understand.
Dr. Adam Royston: Peter, I'm afraid I don't either. Yesterday the material in that container was giving a danger-point radiation reading. Now, as you just saw, it's nothing.
Peter Elliott: But that's impossible! Isn't it?
Dr. Adam Royston: Yesterday I would have said yes, but this fact is inescapable: The energy trapped in that trinium has been sucked right out of it. And furthermore, that window was barred and these doors were locked all night. So whoever it was came in here must be most ... unusual.
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Referenced in The Stuff (1985) See more »

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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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Great scary fun!
29 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

A really neat Sci-Fi/Horror item about a superheated blob creature that haunts the Scottish moors. Believably acted by a cast of veterans, and loaded with terrific suspense. Hammer Films once again demonstrates what can be done with a small budget and lots of imagination. Watch for this one!


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