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Quatermass 2 (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | September 1957 (USA)
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Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Nigel Kneale (story), Nigel Kneale (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Quatermass
John Longden ... Lomax (as John Longdon)
Sidney James ... Jimmy Hall (as Sydney James)
Bryan Forbes ... Marsh
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Brand
Vera Day ... Sheila
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Dawson
Tom Chatto ... Broadhead
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... The P.R.O.
Percy Herbert ... Gorman
Michael Ripper ... Ernie
John Rae John Rae ... McLeod
Marianne Stone ... Secretary
Ronald Wilson Ronald Wilson ... Young Man
Jane Aird 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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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Trivia

Nigel Kneale wasn't happy when the "Hammer" version of his BBC teleplay, had removed a good portion of his original story treatment. See more »

Goofs

The pen in the Commissioner's hand. See more »

Quotes

Marsh: Hey look at this Sir! Look at this! I think this- I think this is a- a whole one! Yes it is! It's exactly the same odd shape as the other. It isn't even cracked. It's...
Quatermass: What is it?
Marsh: That's funny, I thought I felt a sort of...
Quatermass: Put it down!
Marsh: -a sort of vibration.
Quatermass: Marsh, your face! There was something on your face! Are you alright? Let me take a look. You know, for a moment, I could have sworn I saw something that looked like a big black bubble.
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Alternate Versions

As was commonplace in the 1950s, Hammer filmed a racier "Continental" version, which included revealing shots of Vera Day. Nigel Kneale objected that it was entirely out of place, not to mention far too colorful, to have a topless waitress in a village pub. See more »

Connections

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Midsummer Mood
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Music by Kenneth Essex
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Boy! Do I Remember This One!
28 June 2006 | by worldsofdarkblueSee all my reviews

I was never aware that this movie was anything other than a stand-alone feature. I'm not familiar with 'Quatermass' in any way whatsoever. But I saw a movie when I was a kid that was titled 'Enemy From Space' and I've never forgotten it. The scene where a man who has been covered in some black stuff shockingly, jarringly shrieks out and stumbles down the outside stairway of some huge, weird, vat-like structure frightened me enormously. I didn't know what the stuff was exactly, I just knew it was burning the man horribly and his utterly convincing screams drove it into my brain permanently.

I was pretty young when I saw it at my local 'B-Movies Only' neighborhood theater. I'm not sure how it was elsewhere, but in my hometown there was a movie house that got all the A-List pictures (Cary Grant, James Stewart, Liz Taylor, Disney) and another that made the most of the plentiful supply of small-budget monster movies that were released in the late fifties and very early sixties. Triple Features were often offered in these 'lesser' venues. The beauty of it was that both types of theater thrived in those cable-less, vcr-less days. But I digress.

So I see this movie and I'm only about 7 years old at the time and that night I couldn't sleep. And though I had sat through the entire thing, my mind was locked into that horrifying scene so completely that I did not really recall another word spoken in the film. It came around to the Biltmore a couple more times and, though terrified, I was irresistibly drawn to see it again, each time absorbing a little more of the content. The challenging storyline wasn't all that easy to grasp - a lot of it went over my young head.

It was a long time ago but I remember a meteorite falling through a roof, a road that went nowhere, a silent and sinister industrial area, a man who becomes suddenly very sick (in the pub I think) and has a white splotch on his face, severely serious soldiers who seem to be bad guys, a window through which an alien something-or-other is observed and, of course, the unfortunate man covered in burning black oil.

A truly eerie movie, as engrossing as it is chilling. I would very much like to see it again


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Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

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GBP92,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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