Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit (1967) is the 3rd and last in the Hammer Quatermass film series and the first not to star Brian Donlevy in the title role. Andrew Keir gets the part in this one. Keir is much less bombastic and blustery.

Watch it, compliments of googlevideo, here:

Fun! I'm liking all the Quatermass movies.

Moria says,
here Nigel Kneale has expanded his ideas out with breathtaking regard. And this is what everyone loves about Quatermass and the Pit. (and most everybody else) likes this one best of the 3:
Quatermass and the Pit is a compelling example of how an innovative story, strong acting, and powerful directing can obviate the need for spectacle. After all, science fiction was invented to challenge the mind, not the eye.

6/30/2009: WTF-Film says it is "one of the high points of science fiction predating the release of Kubrick’s genre-defining 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY."


  1. Quatermass and the Pit is crying out for a remake. Kneale was ahead of many other sci-fi writers.
    He created a teleplay set in the far future for the BBC in 196-something called Year Of The Sex Olympics, which basically heralded the TVs lust for reality shows.

    Really enjoying your blog. Some brilliant finds

  2. Thanks for the kind words. This is a project that has taken over my month. I had no idea how many sff movies there had been and how many were online. I'm having great fun with this.