Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) Reviews
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.
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!"
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
I somewhat preferred the television series.