Val Guest

Val Guest

Highest Rated: 93% The Creeping Unknown (1955)

Lowest Rated: 20% 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 57% 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 26% Confessions of a Window Cleaner Director - 1974
No Score Yet 32% Au Pair Girls Director - 1972
20% 26% When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Director - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment K Director - 1968
25% 34% Casino Royale Director - 1967
No Score Yet 36% Where the Spies Are Director,
Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet 14% 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,
Writer (Screenplay),
Producer
- 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jigsaw Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 1961
No Score Yet 32% Stop Me Before I Kill Director - 1961
No Score Yet 17% Dentist in the Chair Screenwriter - 1960
No Score Yet 79% Hell Is a City Director - 1960
No Score Yet 42% Expresso Bongo Director,
Producer
- 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yesterday's Enemy Director - 1959
No Score Yet 40% Up the Creek Director - 1958
No Score Yet 80% The Camp on Blood Island Director - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Break in the Circle Director - 1957
No Score Yet 53% The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Weapon Director - 1957
78% 59% Quatermass II Director - 1957
No Score Yet 0% Carry on Admiral Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World Director - 1956
93% 67% The Creeping Unknown Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Can't Hang Me Director,
Writer
- 1955
No Score Yet 73% 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 Dance Little Lady Director,
Writer
- 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Penny Princess Director - 1953
No Score Yet 80% Happy Go Lovely Writer - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Drake's Duck Director - 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% 82% Space: 1999 Director 1976

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