Monday, October 26, 2009

Scary Movies: Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Hammer was not just a horror movie house, they did their share of fantasy and sci-fi as well. The best sci-fi I saw from them was Quatermass and the Pit (1967).

Quatermass stars Hammer regulars Andrew Kier (Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, The Viking Queen, Dracula Prince of Darkness), and Barbara Shelley (Dracula Prince of Darkness, Rasputin the Mad Monk, The Gorgon), as well as James Donald (Bridge on the River Kwai).

During subway renovation workers uncover a skeleton and what they believe to be a WWII German missile, it is determined that the object is in fact an alien craft. When the scientists and workers start tampering with the ship, strange things happen. Eventually the craft transmits a dangerous psychic attack on the people of London.

This film is a tad cheesey, but lovers of Hammer will enjoy it greatly. The film creates a wonderful sense of paranoia, and the climax, while ham-handed at times, is disturbing. This one makes for excellent Halloween viewing, if you can get hold of it.


Unknown said...

Howdy. This is one of my favorite Hammer films. But almost no one has seen it. It's called "Five Million Years to Earth" in the US.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Glad you dropped by Ryoki. It is one of my favs too.

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