Quatermass and the Pit (1967) Movie Review

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

1967 Horror, Sci-Fi

User Score: 50/100


A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

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 (a very British—and possibly mad—precursor to Mulder and Scully) 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. In addition to boasting a flawless widescreen print, this marvelous tape also features a hilariously overdone original U.S. trailer ("Women will be defiled by the invaders from outer space!" it erroneously shrieks). A must-see for horror and science fiction aficionados. This film is also known as Five Million Years to Earth. —Andrew Wright

About Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Title: Quatermass and the Pit
Year: 1967
Starring: Brian Peck, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Julian Glover, John Graham, Peter Copley, Simon Brent, Sheila Steafel, Hugh Futcher, David Crane, Hugh Morton, Thomas Heathcote, Noel Howlett, Hugh Manning, June Ellis, Keith Marsh, James Culliford, James Donald, Bee Duffell, Duncan Lamont, Roger Avon, Bryan Marshall, Charles Lamb, Edwin Richfield, Peter Bennett, Grant Taylor, Bette Bourne, Maurice Good, John Bown, Robert Morris
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 6 users. Votes: 6.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

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