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Quatermass 2 (1957)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | September 1957 (USA)
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

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A horrible enemy from the unknown strikes terror across the earth!

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Official Sites:

Hammer Films official page

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy from Space See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£92,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Quatermass drives a Mark 6 Humber Hawk estate car, registration SRW 745. See more »

Goofs

The guards in the refinery are seen using American-made Thompson sub-machine guns but during that period in Britain they were far more likely to have used British-made Sten Guns or Stirling-Patchett sub-machine guns. See more »

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

Referenced in The Stuff (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Midsummer Mood
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Music by Kenneth Essex
Paxton Music Ltd
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Tense and intelligent Brit sf thriller that influenced "X-Files
27 February 2002 | by mcnpaulsSee all my reviews

A superb script by unsung genius Nigel Kneale; very good direction by Val Guest; atmospheric photography; eerie music; several very good acting performances. The only drawbacks are that Brian Donlevy is awful as Quatermass and the special effects at times look a bit laughable.

Most intriguing of all is just how similar "The X_Files" is to this. There are various sites on the internet claiming that the creators of "Files" plagiarised this (and other Nigel Kneale films/TV series).

You can certainly see many remarkable coincidences.

Overall, a highly enjoyable, thought-provoking and influential film.


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