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Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) Reviews

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½ January 11, 2017
One of the high points of Hammer's film production, and a worthy addition to the cannon of films and TV realizations of the products of Nigel Kneale's probing, prescient imagination.
½ January 2, 2017
Quite a bizarre film. It's not scary at all and like a few other British horrors of this era fails to achieve it's goal. It does have a bit of charm though.
Super Reviewer
November 28, 2015
It's got more depth and action than films with ten times the budget.
November 7, 2015
Original, intriguing...and disappointing.

Workers on an extension of one of London's underground train stations discover skulls and other remains in their diggings. They then discover also discover a large missile-like object. Thinking it is an unexploded WW2 bomb, an army bomb squad arrives to investigate. However, the object doesn't seem like a WW2 bomb...

Great set up, poor ending. Original story, that developed in very intriguing fashion. However, the conclusion was very lacklustre, and quite out of place with what had gone before. After such a tight, plausible first 60% or so, the remainder was quite silly, random and implausible.

Ultimately, a movie of two halves with the good work of the first half almost entirely undone by the second. Overall, a decent movie, but only just.
July 7, 2015
I never had a career...only a job.

A subway tunnel breaks open and some strange bones are discovered buried in the wall. The bones turnout to have strange powers that often overcome those close to them. A famous scientist is brought in to research the bones and he quickly uncovers the number of bones and the impact of the discovery. Can he stop people from taking the wrong steps and unleashing a power on the Earth like humans have never seen?

"They were coming!"
"What were?"

Roy Ward Baker, director of Inferno, The Snows of Kilimajaro, The Vampire Lovers, Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, Scars of Dracula, and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampire, delivers Five Million Years to Earth. The storyline for this picture was unique but I didn't find it particularly interesting (it was just okay). The acting was solid and the cast includes James Donald, Andrew Keir, Julian Glover, and Peter Copley.

"He has no business here."
"Doesn't he?"

I randomly found this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. This was just okay and definitely could have been better. There were some unique aspects that were entertaining; but as a whole, this is very average. I wouldn't go to out of my way to see this.

"Nicknamed for "The Devil."

Grade: C+
½ July 2, 2015
Yet another strange 1960s Hammer 'Horror' production that is more early sci-fi made long before Star Wars.
The story revolves around the origins of the species.
London Underground are building an extension to the Central Line and are digging at the fictional Hobbs End station.
Workmen come across strange skulls and skeletons bringing the site to the attention of archaeologists including Dr Roney (James Donald, better known for The Great Escape).
Further excavations reveal a metallic object and the attentions of army bomb disposal teams lead by a sceptical Colonel Breen (Julian Glover, For Your Eyes Only, Indiana Jones).
A Professor Quartermass becomes involved and his investigations lead to a possible alien involvement rather than an old Nazi V bomb.
The metalic object reveals anthropod like creatures and strange energies that possesses the energy of earth humans leading to destruction and chaos.
Only Quartermass and Roney seem to believe all of this 'claptrap' as the Breen would have us believe. He gets his reward! A good death.
Baffling movie!
April 27, 2015
An attractive film. If you have the patience to attend, it will take you for a ride!
½ January 19, 2015
Time has not been kind to this so-called cult classic. Although the premise (uncovering an ancient alien ship while digging a subway tunnel) is interesting, it's handled clumsily, with characters explaining to each other what's going on without actually showing us how they reached those conclusions. The Army's rebuttal (given by Julian Glover, familiar to Star Wars and Indiana Jones fans) is laughable. The film does occasionally deliver some creepy moments, but they have little context and tend to be accompanied by a lot of sound and fury signifying little. The hero, Professor Quatermass, is also a bit of a blowhard, yelling at people a lot but not really advancing the plot. The story had potential, but the overall execution feels rushed and under-budgeted.
November 22, 2014
I liked the concept of satanic aliens but the execution and acting is pretty bland.
½ November 22, 2014
Dated but really fun and intriguing sci-fi fun. I still enjoy this film as much as I did when I was a small boy. Great story,very cool surprises and special effects. Highly recommended!
Super Reviewer
July 17, 2014
The film looks like one of Hammer's classier efforts and the horror is downplayed in favour of 'Doctor Who'-like sci-fi. It's got a good reputation but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the simpler horror vehicles from the studio and missed the presence of Cushing and Lee. Not my favourite Hammer then but a good effort.
May 31, 2014
Very Creative 60's Sci-fi
May 31, 2014
One year before Kubrick's 2001, Hammer asks the same questions, using some skulls found during a subway expansion to launch a discussion on the nature of man and the origin of Satan. One of the Great Lost Classics that should be listed beside Forbidden Planet on films that defined the genre. Essential.
May 30, 2014
Enjoyable pulp viewing but not very memorable. Though the potboiler tension is effective the great premise is never fully realized.
March 19, 2014
This movie gets everything pretty close to right for quite a while, then kind of goes off the rails. Kind of frustrating to see it devolve into a "run around and find a convenient deus ex machina" and throw away all the thought-provoking ideas it was building up.
March 12, 2014
One of the finest British sci-fi's that has a much better imagination than budget, but it is well made and the cast do a decent job. A must watch for fans of the TV series, Hammer fans and general sci-fi fans.
February 28, 2014
Considering this movie is nearly 50 years old the production values are incredibly impressive, especially for a Hammer movie.
The story started off incredibly promisingly, based on a TV serial by Nigel Kneale. Ancient artefacts are found underneath a London Underground station during tunnel works and a mysterious spacecraft is also unearthed which the army are convinced is a German missile from WWII. Professor Quatermass however is convinced that it's origins are far more occult.
The story began quite intriguing but started to flag around the hour mark. Still worth watching for fans of Hammer, but I probably wouldn't watch it twice.
December 29, 2013
Heady blend of science fiction and horror from Nigel Kneale (screenwriter) courtesy of Hammer films (after a run as a BBC TV series). A treasured VHS tape now replaced by blu-ray looks a lot better but art direction and top notch special effects were never the focus of this flick. Instead, the superb plot links a possible spaceship dug up at a tube station being renovated with tales of Satan and malevolent ghosts across the centuries, suggesting a possible influence on human mob behaviour, suggestibility, and even evil itself. Prof. Quatermass conflicts with the military who think the spaceship is an unexploded bomb and won't listen to the possibility of genetic experimentation (prophetic for 1967). Lots of echoes of these themes in other later films and in culture itself.
November 21, 2013
Ganska intressant new age-scifi, som tyvärr är lätt att somna till.
½ November 2, 2013

I somewhat preferred the television series.
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