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      Val Guest

      Val Guest

      Highest Rated: 88% The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

      Lowest Rated: 17% When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

      Birthday: Dec 11, 1911

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      British director Val Guest is the original multi-hyphenate entertainer; over the course of an incredibly eclectic and often low-budget career, Guest directed, produced, wrote, composed music for, and acted in almost 100 films. He spent his early career acting in local London plays, transitioning to writing screenplays and directing after a brief stint as the London correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter. Guest freely admitted he had no formal training or experience in filmmaking, and it showed; many of his films, like the splashy "London Town," about a washed-up comedian looking for a second chance, and the supernatural smuggling mystery "The Ghost Train," were box office disasters. By the early '50s, he had formed a partnership with the highly influential British production studio Hammer Films, which specialized in high-impact, low-budget horror and science-fiction films. In 1955, Guest wrote and directed his most famous movie, "The Quatermass Experiment," about an astronaut who becomes possessed by an alien; the film was successful enough to spawn two sequels, "Quatermass II: Enemy from Space" and "Quatermass and the Pit," helping to usher in a golden age of"'Hammer Horror." In 1957, Guest scored his next hit with the adventure film "The Abominable Snowman," about an anthropological expedition to find the legendary Himalayan creature, featuring many of the actors who had appeared in the original BBC teleplay. He later wrote and directed the award-winning sci-fi disaster film "The Day the Earth Caught Fire," about the disastrous consequences of nuclear testing.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fanex Files: Hammer Films Unknown (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Devil Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Possession Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Child's Play Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 58% The Boys in Blue Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective Director - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shillingbury Blowers Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Switch Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet And the Band Played On Director - 1978
      No Score Yet 10% Killer Force Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1975
      No Score Yet 28% Confessions of a Window Cleaner Director,
      Writer
      - 1974
      No Score Yet 30% Au Pair Girls Director - 1972
      17% 28% When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Director - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment K Director - 1968
      26% 34% Casino Royale Director - 1967
      No Score Yet 36% Where the Spies Are Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1966
      No Score Yet 25% 80,000 Suspects Director - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beauty Jungle Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1963
      85% 85% The Day the Earth Caught Fire Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1961
      No Score Yet 32% Stop Me Before I Kill Director - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jigsaw Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      - 1961
      No Score Yet 17% Dentist in the Chair Screenwriter - 1960
      No Score Yet 79% Hell Is a City Director - 1960
      No Score Yet 75% Yesterday's Enemy Director - 1959
      40% 42% Expresso Bongo Director,
      Producer
      - 1959
      No Score Yet 67% The Camp on Blood Island Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 40% Up the Creek Director,
      Writer
      - 1958
      78% 60% Quatermass II Director,
      Writer
      - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Weapon Director - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Break in the Circle Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 52% The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 0% The Ship Was Loaded Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World Director,
      Writer
      - 1956
      88% 68% The Quatermass Xperiment Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet They Can't Hang Me Director,
      Writer
      - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Little Lady Director,
      Writer
      - 1954
      No Score Yet 77% The Runaway Bus Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men of Sherwood Forest Director - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Penny Princess Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Drake's Duck Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 80% Happy Go Lovely Writer - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Body Said No! Director - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder at the Windmill Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet William Comes to Town Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Be Your Sweetheart Director,
      Writer
      - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Give Us the Moon Director,
      Writer
      - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bees in Paradise Director,
      Writer
      - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miss London Ltd. Director,
      Writer
      - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Arthur Was a Gentleman Screenwriter - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Back-Room Boy Writer - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Thank You Writer - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Band Waggon Writer - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Frozen Limits Screenwriter - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alf's Button Afloat Screenwriter - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Bones of the River Writer - 1938
      No Score Yet 57% Hey! Hey! USA Writer - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Monkey Business Screenwriter - 1935

      TV

      Credit
      66% 86% Space: 1999 Director 1976