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||IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 from 2,284 votes
||Release: 17 June 1957 (UK) /
||Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
||Director: Val Guest,
||Stars: Brian Donlevy, Bryan Forbes, Charles Lloyd Pack, Jane Aird, John Longden, John Rae, John Van Eyssen, Marianne Stone, Michael Ripper, Percy Herbert, Ronald Wilson, Sidney James, Tom Chatto, Vera Day, William Franklyn
||Synopsis: 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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This was one of the first of its kind; a subtlety scary vision of a
alien takeover. X-FILES may owe a debt to this low-budget, but
effective film of the powers-that-be who are conspiring with the invaders,
and one lone, determined scientist who accidentally uncovers the sinister
QUATERMASS II (U.S. title: ENEMY FROM SPACE) was produced before INVASION
THE BODY SNATCHERS, the film it is often compared to, due to their
similarities (loss of identity, social oppression, dangers of conformity,
and blind allegiance to a greatly questionable, authoritarian power).
However, it was released in the U.S. shortly after BODY SNATCHERS,
making it look like a copycat to some.
Superb writer Nigel Kneale (excellent script, highly original for its
derived from the earlier BBC serial) was known to strongly despise Brian
Donleavy's gruff performance as the lead character. Kneale did not like
fact that Donleavy presented the character as a cold, methodical
who treats his colleagues like expendable underlings. He will probably
to boil me in oil for saying this, but I felt that presenting the lead
character as morally ambivalent and ethically questionable jettisoned the
standard 50's scientist/hero sterotype (for once he is not nice and
charming). It also added a further degree of tension to the well-plotted
story. In many ways, his alienated character is somewhat alien; perhaps
that's the only true way to resist social pressures and conditioning. The
allegory here is strong.
As the story opens, Quatermass is driving one night on a remote country
road. He is furious that the stodgy Whitehall bureaucrats rejected his
funding request for a proposed moon colonization project. A speeding car
nearly hits him head-on as it runs off the road. The shaken passengers
a frightened woman and her boyfriend, who is in a crazed state, and has a
strange black mark on his face.
Quatermass returns to his isolated lab, where radar reveals to his
assistants that many small meteor particles (at least that's what they
assume they are) have descended over a rural village known as Wynerton
Going out there with his colleague, Marsh, they first discover his moon
project, fully constructed, and some small, mysterious rocks. As Marsh
examines one, it emits an eerie gas and pops in his face, leaving the
black mark. Strange soldiers arrive, behaving like aloof zombies, abduct
Marsh, strong-arm Quatermass in the typical fascist tradition, and order
to leave. (There may be one flaw here: Why didn't the "soldiers" either
abduct or kill Quatermass, instead of letting him go, so he can
Naturally the authorities all have tight lips about the secret activities
Wynerton Flats, but Quatermass manages to convince a few officials to go
there with him. A government aid (with that strange black mark on his
wrist) conducts a formal tour of the plant, where everything seems to be
normal. Not so. The small group is indoctrinated by the zombies (who
resemble Nazis), but Quatermass manages to escape.
(This scene truly exposes Donleavy's ruthless side: He and a woman are
taken into a large dome, but Quatermass flees, leaving the woman behind,
without any concern for her fate. Hell, he doesn't even abide by the old
fifties hero tradition by risking his life to save the distressed damsel.
In many ways Quatermass was an ahead-of-his-time anti-hero. I always felt
that this added a disquieting strength to the drama and the severity of
dire situation, but I guess that Kneale will still vehemently
I'll stop here, but don't worry, the worse is still to come. The sense of
growing unease and mounting terror (strong qualities of your finer British
Science Fiction at that time) escalates. Be patient, for it does
build into a total state of alarm, as Quatermass and the local angered
citizens challenge the invaders (who have taken over most of the
and military officials) to a brutal showdown. There is something highly
menacing in those domes.
This impressive film is true Science Fiction at its best. It thrills
without pandering and is thoughtful to the point of disturbing. You can't
trust anyone. Its social and political implications are definitely
troubling. This is not for your Lucas and Spielberg crowd, for we're not
talking about commercial catering to eight-year-olds. Val Guest directs
a cold, cynical Kubrickian manner, accentuating the high degree of
and the picture's black & white photography conveys a bleak, creepy mood.
(Sorry, no pretty pictures here).
The intriguing story takes on true nightmarish proportions.
The few effects won't win any CGI awards (don't forget, computers weren't
around then) but the briefly glimpsed monster (in the gothic Lovecraft
tradition) is quite sickening. After all, it can manipulate man's dirty
politics, you can't get more reprehensible than that.
From the late sixties to the late eighties this film was unavailable to
public, and it was feared to be permanently lost, but it later was
on video and shown occasionally on the Science Fiction Channel. Many
notable Science Fiction and Horror authors (I believe that Harlan Ellison
and Stephen King were among them) have championed this small, but
early Hammer production. This is the film that many others have "borrowed
from." Just a polite way of saying RIPPED-OFF!
For those seeking an intelligent challenge, check it out.
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, Bryan Forbes
, Charles Lloyd Pack
, Jane Aird
, John Longden
, John Rae
, John Van Eyssen
, Marianne Stone
, Michael Ripper
, Percy Herbert
, Ronald Wilson
, Sidney James
, Tom Chatto
, Vera Day
, William Franklyn
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