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X: The Unknown (1956)
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X: The Unknown (1956) British Army radiation drills at a remote Scottish base attract a subterranean, radioactive entity of unknown nature that vanishes, leaving two severely radiation-burned soldiers... and a "bottomless" crack in the earth. Others who meet the thing in the night suffer likewise, and with increasing severity; it seems to be able to "absorb" radiation from any source, growing bigger and bigger. What is it?? How do you destroy a thing that "feeds" on energy?

Movie Tagline:
NOTHING CAN STOP IT! (original print ad

Title: X: The Unknown
Release Date: May , 1957
Runtime: 81 mins
Genre: Sci-Fi
All Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror
Languages: English
Country: UK
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With X

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Leslie Norman

Dean Jagger ...Dr. Adam Royston
Edward Chapman ...John Elliott
Leo McKern ...Insp. McGill
Anthony Newley ...LCpl. 'Spider' Webb
Jameson Clark ...Jack Harding
William Lucas ...Peter Elliott
Peter Hammond ...Lt. Bannerman
Marianne Brauns ...Zena, the Nurse
Ian MacNaughton ...Haggis
Michael Ripper ...Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke
John Harvey ...Maj. Cartwright
Edwin Richfield ...Soldier Burned on Back
Jane Aird ...Vi Harding
Norman Macowan ...Old Tom
Neil Hallett ...Unwin
Kenneth Cope ...Sapper Lansing
Michael Brooke ...Willie Harding
Frazer Hines ...Ian Osborn
Max Brimmell ...Hospital Director
Robert Bruce ...Dr. Kelly
Angela Crow ...Bit part
Brown Derby ...Vicar
Raymond Dudley ...Bit part
Archie Duncan ...Sgt. yeardye
Lawrence James ...Gerard
Edward Judd ...2nd Soldier
Stella Kemball ...Willie's Room Nurse
Jack Lambert ...
Stevenson Lang ...Reporter
Philip Levene ...Security man

» [more cast members]

Michael Carreras
Anthony Hinds
Mickey Delamar

Jimmy Sangster
Jimmy Sangster

James Bernard

X: The Unknown Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • NOTHING CAN STOP IT! (original print ad
  • all caps)
  • It rises from 2000 miles below the earth to melt everything in it's path!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Major Cartwright: You know this Royston chap. Brilliant, of course, I'm sure. But the trouble with these scientific types is they can't see the easy way out of anything. It's got to be complicated if it's going to work.
  • Peter Elliott: How do you explain it, sir? All this extraordinary damage just to steal an old sample container?
  • Peter Elliott: What happened, sir? I don't understand. Dr. Adam Royston: Peter, I'm afraid I don't either. Yesterday the material in that container was giving a danger-point radiation reading. Now, as you just saw, it's nothing. Peter Elliott: But that's impossible! Isn't it? Dr. Adam Royston: Yesterday I would have said yes, but this fact is inescapable: The energy trapped in that trinium has been sucked right out of it. And furthermore, that window was barred and these doors were locked all night. So whoever it was came in here must be most ... unusual.
  • Dr. Adam Royston: Now, Mac, how would you go about killing that? Inspector McGill: What is it? Dr. Adam Royston: It's a particle of mud. But by virtue of its atomic structure it emits radiation. That's all it is. Just mud. How do you kill mud?
Movie Trivia:
  • The movie began under the direction of Joseph Losey (working as Joseph Walton), exiled to England because of the Hollywood blacklist. However, when Dean Jagger arrived, he refused to work with a director he thought of as a Communist sympathizer, and Losey was replaced by Leslie Norman before shooting began. Losey's departure was publicly attributed to "illness".
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