Quatermass and the Pit

I decided to extend my science fiction film watching with this 1967 Hammer film. I had heard of this one but knew nothing about it, so I gave it a go.

And I am glad I did because on the whole it was a good science fiction flick. The story was unique and it was well made. The story did get a bit slow at times, but towards the end it picked up and got a bit wiggy which I always like.

Basically this was about a large object which was found while digging a new subway tunnel in London, and was referred to as a “missile” by the army characters as they thought it was some special Nazi weapon which had been buried since the War. It turned out though to be an alien ship from Mars which had transported some bug-like creatures to take over Earth, several million years ago.

Most of the film was about figuring out what it was, and the army bungling the whole thing up before unleashing hell in central London. Here is one of the army guys who got his comeuppance…

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And here is the only actress on a bicycle…

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Her name is Barbara Shelley, and she is 84 years old these days.

And here we have Professor Quatermass and previous mentioned army dude who got frazzled. Both goods actors too. The army chap was played by Julian Glover…

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And you will of course recognise Julian Glover in this photo as General Maximilian Veers…

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Dang! That uniform is the bomb!

The acting was fine, and despite being almost 50 years old it looked very good. The upload on YouTube was better than average too, nice and colourful and sharp.

Recommended watching for science fiction fans.

Date watched: June 22nd
Score: 7/10
Film count 2016: 103

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