The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

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Movie Info

This excellent British production involves an astronaut who returns to earth carrying an alien parasite which causes him to turn into a monster. Followed by Enemy from Space and Five Million Years to Earth, this was a very popular trilogy in its day.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
United Artists

Cast

Margia Dean
as Judith Carroon
Jack Warner
as Insp. Lomax
Richard Wordsworth
as Victor Carroon
Brian Donlevy
as Prof. Bernard Quatermass
Thora Hird
as Rosie
Gordon Jackson
as BBC TV Producer
David King-Wood
as Dr. Gordon Briscoe
Harold Lang
as Christie
Sam Kydd
as Police Sergeant
Stanley Van Beers
as Dr. Ludwig Reichenheim
Donald Gray
as TV Announcer
Frank Phillips
as BBC Announcer
Jane Asher
as Little Girl
Maurice Kaufmann
as Marsh (uncredited)
Marianne Stone
as Second Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Quatermass Xperiment

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

It was the enormous success of this Hammer version of Nigel Kneale's TV series which began the whole horror boom in Britain.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The playing, as usual in films of this type, is serviceable rather than distinguished, with Brian Donlevy as a brusque and peremptory Quatermass and Jack Warner as the sturdily dependable representative of Scotland Yard.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

... the film is never less than intriguing and, at is best, is haunting, horrific and riveting.

Full Review… | December 17, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | November 21, 2011
DVDTalk.com

This is Hammer's first major horror/science-fiction hit, but almost as notable is the fact that its doomed astronaut is the founding member of the studio's tragic rogues' gallery of transformed innocents -- monsters that didn't ask for their fates.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A number of decent performances and a gritty realistic view of London makes this little sci-fi spin-off still worth a look.

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Quatermass Xperiment

The Quatermass Xperiment doesn't quite live up to all the hype as the granddaddy of Hammer Horror. Some parts were legitimately creepy (the cockpit film was disturbing in a last 2 minutes of Blair Witch Project kind of way) and the last 15 minutes were magnificently photographed -- like Third Man magnificently photographed (especially the nighttime zoo scene.) Thse praises aside, all you're really looking at is a lot of running around, some great-looking corpses and a brief but final shot of a really cool-looking creature. It's definitely worth a watch, but not necessarily worth all the trouble of getting a hard-to-acquire copy.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

The Quatermass Xperiment was one of the first of the now famous Hammer Horror films. This genre of horror injected new life into a genre that somehow lost its horrifying appeal. The Quatermass Xperiment was aired as serials before it was adapted into a full blown production. The result is a tense, atmosphere Sci Fi horror picture that boasts some impressive performances and effective chills. This film set the standards for a new genre of horror, the Hammer Horror genre. The film has everything you'd expect from a horror film of this period and established the Hammer films as a standout brand for fans that enjoyed more modern twist of the classics of the 1930's. This film succeeds on many levels and it is a definite must see for genre fans. This film spawned a new breed of horror film, and it's one of the defining pictures of Hammer Studios. This film brought some much needed originality to the genre and it is a film that is entertaining from start to finish and relies on a well executed story to thrill the viewer. I've seen quite a few of the Hammer films, and the Quatermass Xperiment is one of the finest examples of revamped horror of the 1950's. If you're looking for a well made Sci Fi horror film, then give this one a shot. If you haven't seen this one yet, then seek this one out as it is a great genre classic that will delight genre fans looking for the right amount of Sci Fi and horror elements in one film. The genre would have more films, and Hammer would assume a permanent place in horror history. If you're new to Hammer horror, this is a perfect place to start.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

B-movie horror that cannot really be described as sci-fi with its awful portrayal of science as well as some terrible physics. Pretty poor alien invasion affair that's only worth seeing as a study of the 50s.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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