Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »
Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »
In the near future, civilization has broken down to the barest fragment of recognizable life. Young people are forming gangs and dominating the wrecks of cities like London. But the ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
After the opening paragraph of the newspaper report detailing Vincent Broadhead's purported emergency Middle East trade mission, the remainder of the piece details postal voting in badly-formed columns; similarly the accompanying texts about King Leopold and Big Ben bear no relation to their headlines. See more »
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...
What is it?
That's funny, I thought I felt a sort of...
Put it down!
-a sort of vibration.
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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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 »
Tense and intelligent Brit sf thriller that influenced "X-Files
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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