QUALCOSA STRISCIA NEL BUIO (1970/Alka Prod.) 90mins. Italy.
Aka: SOMETHING CREEPING IN THE DARK; SOMETHING IS CRAWLING IN THE DARK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Mario Colucci; Ex.Prod: Dino
Fazio; Ph: Giuseppe Aquari; Ed: Enzo Micarelli; Art: Silvano Pan; Mu: Telemaco Tulli; Mus:
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.
Cast: Farley Granger, Lucia Bosť, Giacomo-Rossi
Stuart, Stan Cooper, Giulia Rovali, Frank Beltramme, Francesco Lavagnino.
Several unlikely characters sheltering from a storm in an old house owned by a dead
spiritualist discover that someone amongst them is a homicidal maniac, but when they hold
a seance the medium kills his wife and then commits suicide. The maniac is eventually
shot, but then he turns into a monster.
A tedious and incomprehensible muddle.
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1957/BBC.Television)
210mins. TVM. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Nigel Kneale; Prod: Rudolph
Cartier; Ph: A.A. Englander; Ed: Ian Callaway; Des: Clifford Hatts; Sfx: Jack Kine &
Bernard Wilke; Military Advisor: Lt. Col. P.J. Hands; Mu: Christine Hillcoat; Mus: Trevor
Cast: Andre Morell, Noel Howlett, Cec Linder, Kenneth
Seeger, Anthony Bushell, Frank Crane, John Stratton, Harold Goodwin, Christine Finn, Nan
Braunton, Brian Worth, Robert Perceval Van Boolen, Michael Bird, Michael Ripper, Michael
Raghan, Arthur Hewlett, Harold Siddons, Alexander Moyes, John Rae, Malcolm Watson, Ian
Bomb disposal experts uncover some ancient bones while working on what appears to be an
unexploded bomb in the Knightsbridge area of London. When Professor Quatermass, (Morell),
and an archaeologist, (Howell), arrive at the site they discover that the "bomb"
is actually an ancient space vessel containing fossilised creatures that landed on earth
five million years ago. The "devil-like" creatures tampered with ape evolution
to create man and their strange appearance explains the number of myths of
"devils" throughout history. One of the fossilised aliens produces a huge energy
cloud in its image to hover over London until Quatermass manages to dissipate the cloud
with an iron crane.
An ingenious third television series originally aired by the BBC. in six 35 minute
The video release contains all six episodes edited together in one long feature.
Remade as a feature film in 1967.
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967/Hammer/Seven Arts) 97mins. UK.
Aka: FIVE MILLION MILES TO EARTH (US).
Credits: Dir: Roy Ward Baker; Prod: Anthony Nelson
Keys; Sc: Nigel Kneale; Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: James Needs & Spencer Reeve; Art:
Bernard Robinson & Ken Ryan; Sfx: Bowie Films Ltd.; Mu: Michael Morris; Sound: Sash
Fisher; Mus: Tristram Cary. From the television series by Nigel Kneale.
Cast: Andrew Kier, Roger Avon, James Donald, June
Ellis, Barbara Shelley, Hugh Morton, Duncan Lamont, Hugh Futcher, Bryan Marshall, Noel
Howlett, Peter Copley, John Graham, Edwin Richfield, Bee Duffell, Maurice Good, James
Culliford, Julian Glover, Keith Marsh, Grant Taylor, Thomas Heathcote, Robert Morris,
"See women defiled by monsters from outer space! Men turned into killers by a
mysterious power more incredible than anything today's science or fiction ever
A spaceship discovered under a London Underground tunnel contains fossilised, demon-like
alien life forms that Professor Quatermass, (Keir), concludes landed five million years
ago and tampered with the ape creatures they encountered to create man, giving rise to the
numerous legends of the Devil in Christian mythology.
A superb rendering of the popular British television series with the benefit of the big
screen and Hammer's inky colour. The intellectual approach to the tale is made all the
more credible by the convincing cast and some clever religious metaphors.
THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT (1955/Hammer/Exclusive) 82mins. BW.
Aka: THE CREEPING UNKNOWN; SHOCK.
Credits: Dir: Val Guest; Prod: Anthony Hinds; Sc:
Richard Landau & Val Guest; Ph: Jimmy Harvey; Ed: James Needs; Art: J. Elder Wills;
Sfx: Les Bowie; Mu: Phil Leaky; Mus: James Bernard. From the BBC. television series by
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Ernest Hare, John Kerr, Richard
Wordsworth, George Roderick, Margia Dean, Fred Johnson, John Wynn, Thora Hird, Margaret
Anderson, Gordon Jackson, John Stirling, David King-Wood, Arthur Lovegrove, Harold Lang,
Michael Godfrey, Lionel Jeffries, Henry Longhurst, Sam Kydd, Stanley Van Beers, Jack
Warner, Gron Davies, Eric Corrie, Frank Philips, Maurice Kaufman, Marianne Stone, Barlett
Mullins, Basil Dignam.
"You can't escape it! Nothing can destroy it! It's coming for you from space to
wipe all living things from the face of the Earth! Can it be stopped ?"
Professor Quatermass, (Donlevy), investigates a rocket that has returned from 1500 miles
into space with two of its three-man crew missing. The only survivor, Victor Caroon,
(Wordsworth), is taken to a hospital, but he is unable to communicate to anyone exactly
what occurred in the spacecraft. After Caroon's wife helps her husband escape, he runs off
with one of his arms hideously mutated, eventually transforming into a plant-like mass on
top of some scaffolding at Westminster Abbey where a television crew happen to be filming.
Quatermass locates the creature and transfers all of London's electrical power to some
cables and electrocutes the monster.
A British science fiction classic heightened by Wordsworth's superb portrayal of the
infected mute astronaut. Assumably to help with the film's foreign markets, the original
English Quatermass is replaced with an abrasive American character much to Kneale's
For the original television series "The Quatermass Experiment", the creature was
created from a pair of rubber gloves with various attachments in which Kneale would waggle
his fingers against an enlarged photograph of Westminster Abbey's interior.
Sequel: Quatermass II.
QUATERMASS II (1957/Hammer) 85mins. BW. UK.
Aka: ENEMY FROM SPACE (US).
Credits: Dir: Val Guest; Prod: Anthony Hinds; Ex.Prod:
Michael Carreras; Sc: Nigel Kneale & Val Guest; Ph: Gerald Gibbs; Ed: James Needs;
Art: Bernard Robinson; Sfx: Bill Warrington, Henry Harris & Frank George; Mu: Phil
Leakey; Sound: Cliff Sandell; Mus: James Bernard. From the BBC. television series by Nigel
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Marianne Stone, John Longden,
Ronald Wilson, Sidney James, Jane Aird, Betty Impey, Bryan Forbes, Lloyd Lamble, William
Franklyn, John Stuart, Vera Day, Gilbert Davies, Edwin Richfield, Charles Lloyd Pack,
Joyce Adams, Tom Chatto, Howard Williams, Jan Holden, John Van Eyssen, Philip Baird, Percy
Herbert, Robert Raikes, Michael Ripper, John Fabian, John Rae, George Merritt, Arthur
Blake, Michael Balfour.
While studying some mysterious meteorites, Professor Quatermass, (Donlevy), visits the
site where they landed and discovers a research station at Winnerton Flats that is almost
an exact replica of a moonbase he has designed. Unable to find out any information about
the plant that is supposedly manufacturing synthetic food, Quatermass organises an
arranged visit and discovers that the place is an acclimatisation base for invaders from
another planet. Quatermass tries to break through government bureaucracy and expose the
supposed factory for what it really is.
A simplified entry to the series with many effective sequences despite long moments of
wordiness. The film successfully imparts what can happen when society turns a blind eye to
what is going on around them.