Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Broken 2021

- Undertaker 2021

- Like Dogs 2021

- Night Caller 2022

- Dashcam 2021

- Siren 2021

- Star Vehicle 2010

- Amazon Queen 2021

- Demigod 2021

- Lone Wolf 2020

- The Masterpiece 2001

- Survive the Game 2021

- Apartment 413 2019

- The Family 2021

- Cosmos 2021

- The Old Ways 2020

- Escape to the Cove 2021

- Devil's Five 2021

- Sons of Steel 1988

- The Secret of Sinchanee 2021

- Dessert 2021

- I'm an Electric Lampshade 2021

- The Star Light Motel 2021

- Royal Jelly 2021

- Death Screams 1982

- Gap Weekend 2021

- It Came from Below 2021

- Man vs Bigfoot 2021

- Tokoloshe - The Calling 2020

- Mental Aquarium: The Collected Short Films and Trailers of Andrew Buckner 2021

- Creature with the Atom Brain 1955

- Chompy and the Girls 2021

- Answer Your Phone 2021

- Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou 2021

- Death Drop Gorgeous 2020

- Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch 1968

- Digging to Death 2021

- The Influencer 2021

- Danny Boy 2021

- Eerie Fairy Tales 2019

- Blind Beast 1969

- Love is Not Love 2020

- Tango Shalom 2021

- A Good Couple 2021

- Queen of the Beach 2019

- HipBeat 2020

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Quatermass and the Pit
Das Grüne Blut der Dämonen

UK 1967
produced by
Anthony Nelson-Keys for Hammer, Seven Arts
directed by Roy Ward Baker
starring Andrew Keir, James Donald, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover, Duncan Lamont, Bryan Marshall, Edwin Richfield, Grant Taylor, Maurice Good, Robert Morris, Sheila Staefel
written by Nigel Kneale, based on his BBC-serial, music by Tristram Cary, cinematography by Arthur Grant

Quatermass, Hammer's Quatermass

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

During work on a new subway tunnle, some ancient skeletons are found by construction workers, & soon enough anthropologist Dr Roney (James Donald) is called in to make excavations, and indeed, he finds more & more skeletons (6 in all) & dates them back to 5 million years BC. He also has some wild theories of what they must have looked like, too wild for gouvernment officials, so they alomost want to close down the excavations again & continue building the subway ... until something looking like a giant projectile is found ...

This calls the rocket research department to the site, co-headed by the eminent professor Quatermaqss (Andrew Keir), & Colonel Breen (Julian Glover), a typical narrow-minded army official who would eventually prove to be Quatermass' biggest nemesis. & while Colonel Breen jumps to the most obvious conclusion, that the projectile is an unexploded German bomb - a conclusion that leaves a million questins too many open -, Quatermass & Roney do a little research of their own. Soon they dig up the history of the building directly above the tunnle, a notorious haunted house, which somehow corresponds with the visions of ghosts (or something) many (but not all) people are having when near the projectile, which scares the heebigeebies out of them - especially construction worker Sladden (Duncan Lamont).

When one sealed off department of the projectile is opened & reveals (dead) man-sized insects, this should finally put an end to Breen's theory about a German bomb. But even when Quatermas elaborates on that & claims the projectila to be a Martian spaceship that was supposed to conquer earth & defeat the earthlings by producing fear, Breen insists on his theory, & even has the gouvernment officials - always aftraid of something new & unpopular - on his side. He even goes so far as to opening the site of the projectile to the press ...

This is of course when everything goes wrong, somehow the projectile is powered up by an electric discharge caused by a camera team, & suddenly produces a panic throughout all of London, & it telepathically uses especially feeble minded people (Breen among them) as its fighters out to kill all less- or non-affected people.

Thank god Roney is among those not affected, & he can get Quatermass out of his panic - just in time too, since London seems to be crumbling in, & the projectile produces a giant image of the horned devil - which is when Roney has the decisive idea - the projectile can only be drained of its power by using a metal conductor to discharge its electric energy into the ground ... & so he uses a giant crane (metal) - that has the form of a cross - to fight this electric being in form of the devil.

Doing so, Roney is killed, but the electricity goes off into the ground & London - & the world - is saved.

 

It took Hammer 9 years to turn the BBC's Quatermass and the Pit into a feature film, & it's quite obvious that much has happened between the first 2 Quatermass films & this. While The Quatermass Xperiment from 1955 & Quatermass 2 from 1957 were both rather hard-edged science fiction stories from a young studio that had yet to find its direction, the 1967-film emphasized on the horror aspects of the BBC-serial, as by now Hammer was the prime British producer of horror films. (In all fairness though, the tv-version did also feature more horror-elements than its predecessors.)

In all, Quatermass and the Pit is a good sci-fi-horror film with a plot that might sound a little silly but is very well told, & that does feature some quite nice miniature effects of the destruction of London at the end, but somehow the film misses the complexity of tv's Quatermass and the Pit, easily the best of BBC's Quatermass-bunch.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Quatermass and the Pit
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Quatermass and the Pit here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Quatermass and the Pit at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD