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 »
Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his ... 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 »
A separate screenplay by Nigel Kneale for theaters, parallel to the 1979 Quatermass four part mini-series. The story set in the near future involves influences from outer space that are possessing people. Professor Quatermass must save his granddaughter from the clutches of a popular and sinister cult "Planet People" that "performs raptures".
While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missile. Upon closer examination the "missile" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is surprisingly scary.Written by
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The viewers in the pub are watching a live news broadcast in colour and on a colour television set. Although colour television broadcasts did not become common in the UK until the second half of 1969, BBC2 had, in fact, started some experimental colour broadcasts on BBC2 starting in July 1967 with the Wimbledon tennis championships. As this film was released in UK cinemas in November 1967, this scene would technically have been correct, although most people stuck with monochrome television sets until the 1970s due to the more expensive television licences required. See more »
Dialogue states that the creatures want to make London a "Martian colony", yet there is no explanation or justification for the creatures being from Mars. See more »
Where was Moses when the lights went out? In the flippin' dark.
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Why a milestone? Because its concept of outside manipulation of human evolution isn't unique to written s.f., but in the realm of movies and TV it's the first of its kind. Echoes of this movie can be seen through Doctor Who, 2001: Space Odyssey, and Babylon 5. Quartermass is a chilling combination of science fiction and Lovecraftian horror, boosted by great performances by Andrew Keir, James Donald, and Julian Glover.
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