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Quatermass finds himself on the scene of an archaeological dig in a London tube station, where a rather unexpected object is found. He soon realises it's a relic from an old colonisation attempt several million years earlier. The invaders are long dead, but a compelling memory still lurks in Hob's Lane...
I first saw this film two decades ago, when I managed to record it off the TV, and soon wore out the video by watching it so often. It's a great example of its genre, and still superb today. The scientists are scientific, the army officer annoying, the plot marvellously constructed, and the effects a strange combination of the superb and the slightly ropey - exactly what you want from a classic sci-fi/Hammer adventure of the sixties. There's not a single scene or pseudo-fact out of place, and no extraneously irrelevant love interest getting in the way either. Even the film loop behind the end-titles is unsettling; to this day I can't decide what sort of ending the film has; "good" has triumphed, but at what cost?
All in all, a great film, and well worth watching. Five stars.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2010 22:19:00 GMT
Ian Richardson says:
A great review! If you've got the patience, the three-hour television original is unbeatable (and still available in a beautifully restored set). However, Hammer made a really fine job of re-jigging this one for the cinema, although the wonderfully slow, creepy, building-up of atmosphere is lost. It's well cast and Andrew Keir is a good Quatermass. We even get to enjoy it in colour, too!
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2010 19:53:18 BDT
Jon Shipton says:
After your comment, I bought the series box-set. And I must say I am absolutely delighted.
This has been my favorite, of the Quatermass films. (pit).
Compared to the pacing of the film (Which was my only knowledge of the story), I actually found the opposite true; That is, a bit drawn out, (Please forgive me...) but still absolutely absorbing, and completely grown-up (If that comment makes sense!!!).
Maybe if I had been caught up in this unique tv experience when originally broadcast, my view may have been different!
I did however, enjoy the cliff-hanger ending of each episode.
Thanks for a nudge in the direction of the originals.
Posted on 7 Jan 2011 12:48:23 GMT
Mrs. Kay Secord says:
watched this as a kid with my dad and we both loved it i was young and good acting etc did not matter I just remember the pure enjoyment and excitement of it all we both did. Ages apart it was one of my dads favorites.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 17:48:10 GMT
I think the TV series is much better apart from the climax when they obviously didn't have the budget to do justice to it and most of the final episode takes place in a pub and everything occurs off-screen.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 19:46:37 GMT
Mrs. Kay Secord says:
totally agree thoroughly enjoyed it, you can t beat some of the oldies
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