The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
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Professor Bernard Quatermass is in charge of a manned rocket mission that has gone awry. They lost contact with the spaceship at one point and have no idea how far into space it may have traveled. When the rocket crash lands in a farmer's field they find that only one of the three occupants, Victor Carroon, is on board; the others have simply vanished. Slowly, the surviving astronaut begins to transform into a hideous creature and Quatermass realizes that Carroon may have been infected by an alien being. When Carroon escapes from the hospital with the help of his unsuspecting wife, the authorities race to destroy it before it multiplies.
Beware of "THE CREEPING UNKNOWN!"
Also Known As:
The Creeping Unknown
The Quatermass Experiment
Title: Quatermass Xperiment, The
Release Date: June , 1956
Runtime: 82 mins
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Buried.com Rating: 7.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With Q
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Brian Donlevy ...Prof. Bernard Quatermass
Jack Warner ...Insp. Lomax
Margia Dean ...Mrs. Judith Carroon
Thora Hird ...Rosemary 'Rosie' Elizabeth Rigly
Gordon Jackson ...BBC TV producer
David King Wood ...Dr. Gordon Briscoe (Quatermass' associate)
Harold Lang ...Christie (man who helps Victor escape)
Lionel Jeffries ...Blake
Sam Kydd ...Police sergeant questioning Rosie
Richard Wordsworth ...Victor Carroon (spaceship crew member)
Jane Aird ...Mrs. Lomax
Margaret Anderson ...Maggie
Jane Asher ...Little girl
Harry Brunning ...Night porter
Eric Corrie ...Maggie's boyfriend
Edward Dane ...Station policeman
Gron Davies ...Charles Green (spaceship crew member)
Basil Dignam ...Sir Lionel Dean
James Drake ...Sound engineer
Mollie Glessing ...Mother at zoo
Michael Godfrey ...Crash site fireman
Donald Gray ...TV announcer
Arthur Gross ...TV floor director
Ernest Hare ...Crash site fire chief
Betty Impey ...Central Clinic nurse
Fred Johnson ...Inspector
Maurice Kaufmann ...Marsh (Quatermass' assistant)
John Kerr ...Film lab technician
Henry B. Longhurst ...George (Maggie's father)
Arthur Lovegrove ...Sgt. Bromley
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Robert L. Lippert
Richard H. Landau
More Movie Taglines:
- Beware of "THE CREEPING UNKNOWN!"
- It's coming for YOU from Space to wipe all living things from the face of the Earth! CAN IT BE STOPPED?
- Nothing Can Destroy It!
- You Can't Escape It!
- All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster for The Creeping Unknown)
- Insp. Lomax: Nobody ever wins a cold war.
- Among the materials used by Les Bowie to embellish the monster were bovine entrails and tripe.
This film was originally slated to be released in the United States by 20th Century Fox. However, to convince more exhibitors to install Cinemascope equipment, studio chief, Darryl F. Zanuck, pledged that all future 20th Century Fox releases would be in Cinemascope or a compatible anamorphic process. Since this Hammer production was shot in "flat" widescreen, it had to be passed over. It was picked up and released through United Artists.
The original British release billed Brian Donlevy and Jack Warner before the main title (The Quatermass Xperiment), with Margia Dean heading the supporting cast after the title. For the US release, Donlevy, then Ms. Dean, and then Warner were billed before the main title (The Creeping Unknown), moving Thora Hird up to the top of the supporting cast, the remaining order of which was not changed. Also, Val Guest did not receive co-screenplay credit on the US credits, Nigel Kneale's credit was altered to simply "Based on the play by", and the Acknowledgments credits were omitted altogether.
The British Board of Film Censors had instituted the use of the "X" certificate in 1951 to indicate that certain films had themes that might be too strong or intense for persons under the age of 16. The film's title exploited the fact of receiving this "honor" by the spelling of the word "Xperiment".
Actress, cake decorator, and former fiancée of Paul McCartney, a young Jane Asher plays as the little girl trying her unsuspecting best to befriend a transmogrifying Victor Carroon (Richard Wordsworth). The chance encounter is reminiscent of James Whale's classic Frankenstein (1931), wherein Little Maria and the Frankenstein monster meet.
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