- Actors: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover, Duncan Lamont
- Directors: Roy Ward Baker
- Writers: Nigel Kneale
- Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys
- Language: English
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Warner
- VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CLVT
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,644 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Quatermass And The Pit [VHS] 
Hammer version of the popular TV series. When prehistoric skulls and the remains of an alien spaceship are discovered in the bowels of London's Underground during an excavation, a weird and powerful force is unleashed. Professor Quatermass (Andrew Keir) is called in to investigate.
We have met the enemy, and it is us: when a Martian spacecraft with a terrifying link to the origins of humanity is unearthed beneath a London tube station, only the esteemed Professor Bernard Quatermass can save London's suddenly murderous population from itself. One of the most intelligently paranoid science fiction films ever produced, this pessimistic masterpiece functions as a dark flip-side to the relatively optimistic alien-induced evolution theory presented in the later 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nigel Kneale's brilliant script (which posits a surprisingly plausible, otherworldly rationale for the existence of the supernatural) was later appropriated by acknowledged fan John Carpenter for his underrated Prince of Darkness. A must-see for horror and science fiction aficionados. This film is also known as Five Million Years to Earth. --Andrew Wright
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Top Customer Reviews
I really like it because it is very British (even Quatermass is British in this film, unlike the other two) and really gets it just right with the atmosphere. it is genuinely a bit creepy even now.
also the central ideas are quite intelligent, it doesn't assum ethat because it's sci-fi it can't try and say something similar. I particularly like the idea that our ideas and images of the devil and gargoyles have been formed by ancient experiences.
I haven't seen the original TV series, and by the looks of some of the comments below I should check it out. however I think the film stands up perfectly well on its own. just the thing for Sunday afternoon viewing.
dubious quality indeed ("Night of the Lepus" anyone ?), but most of them were interesting and some of them were very good indeed. Quatermass and the Pit was one of the very best.
The plot concerns and alien spaceship found during building work in a London underground station, and whilst that may seem a little bit creaky and familiar, it turns out to be anything but.
By the end of the film, the cast of characters are speculating on the nature of the strange race which visited Earth at some time in the dim and distant past, but more startlingly on that race's influence on mankind's development, beliefs and very existence upon the planet. Ambitious stuff, and all done intelligently and convincingly. Particularly good is the subtle investigation of the strange goings on which have been going on in the vicinity for hundreds of years, usually dismissed
as nohing but local superstition and ignorance but now proving to be just a little bit more than that.
The cast is impressive... Andrew Keir, in what is probably his best remembered role, is perfect as Quatermass who is pehaps used here as a linking character instead of a driving character. He is excellently assisted by James Donald as the committed and ultimately heroic archaologist, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover, whilst familiar faces such as Michael Ripper and Sheila Steafal also pop up.Read more ›
Like the original version of "The Thing From Another World," this is a film where the dialogue and the performances make you forget we are dealing with strange creatures from another planet. In point of fact, "Quatermass and the Pit" uses a bare minimum of special effects to create its thrills and chills. To be fair, the idea of Martians affecting human evolution to institute a surrogate race war is way out there, but such concerns are forgotten when the giant Martian image turns everybody in London mad and all that is left between humanity and the end of civilization are a couple of scientists and a giant crane. This 1967 film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, whose eclectic list of credits includes "A Night to Remember" and "The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arguably one of the best Hammer films. A very strong, articulate script and story still make this gripping viewing. Only some of the sets date it slightly. Very good.Published 1 month ago by Dizmog
Took a little longer than most to arrive but it did and very happy with my itemPublished 15 months ago by Julie O'Keeffe
recording arrived on time as stated excellent condition sci-fi as it was no cgi sytunts by men all original ahhh those were the daysPublished on 25 May 2014 by David Russell
The 3rd, and best, Quatermass film gets a great release on this Anchor Bay DVD. Image transfer is solid, the audio 5:1 soundtrack is very effective, and gives another dimension to... Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2010 by jimbob