X the Unknown

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Movie Info

An atomic researcher (Dean Jagger) in Scotland links radiation burns to throbbing mud from the center of the Earth.

Cast & Crew

Dean Jagger
Dr. Adam Royston
Leo McKern
Insp. McGill
Edward Chapman
John Elliott
William Lucas
Peter Elliott
John Harvey
Maj. Cartwright
Peter Hammond
Lt. Bannerman
Michael Ripper
Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke
Anthony Newley
Lcpl. "Spider" Webb
Michael Carreras
Executive Producer
Gerald Gibbs
Cinematographer
James Needs
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Critic Reviews for X: The Unknown

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Audience Reviews for X: The Unknown

  • Aug 30, 2014
    How many creatures features out Scotland way? Not veddy many. Making this all the more special as Dean Jagger plays an eccentric American nuclear scientist who with local Leo McKern (one of the silly bad guys from the Beatles "Help!") combat a primordial sentient from beneath the earth. You might predict it'd be a laugh riot (until yer PS3 warmed up) but in truth it's alright stuff as a bowl of salsa escapes and threatens us all with radioactive hot stuff. It's better than you think.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    Before "The Blob" there was X-The Unknown, a creepy, scary film by Hammer, the makers of the Quatermass series. Radioactive mud rises to the surface to terrorize soldiers and residents of a scottish village. As it is radioactive several victims succomb to burns and worse while it is on the prowl for radiation that makes it grow even larger. While the special effects are dated it can still send a chill through you with the melting scenes and the longest scream I ever heard in a sci-fi film. Decent script and excellent acting by american actor Dean Jagger and british actors Leo Mckern and Edward Chapman help to make this film well worth the rental. 3 Stars 1-16-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2010
    This not entirely satisfying Hammer film is pretty much solidifies the reason as to why you didn't see them making too many sci-fi movies. Dean Jagger plays an American scientist in Scotland, who with the army at his disposal must stop the radioactive version of The Blob. The story is nothing innovative or even particularly exciting but even Hammer's lesser efforts have some great murders, an awesome-looking monster and a great finale. And if you're lucky, some spectacular photography. Fortunately, X the Unknown has all of these things. It's just too bad there are those story parts inbetween.
    Michael G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2008
    Alot of noise and static..and a performance by Dean Jagger as though hes' taking a stroll in the park..uninspired, not scary or frightening, just a blob of radioactive energy slime creating havoc..the science behind it is as hard to grasp as the entertainment value (or lack thereof) this movie offers...
    alan j Super Reviewer

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