X: The Unknown Reviews
The creeping gob from the center of the Earth doesn't show up until later in the movie but near the end it slithers around quite a bit which makes the whole endeavor more fun overall. This has to score some points for originality and for the subdued performance of Dean Jagger as Dr. Royston. There's an overabundance of silly science and clicking Gieger counters and the disposal of the monster is a yawner but there's some slightly suspenseful moments that make the whole thing worth a watch.
It has all the great cinematography you'd expect from a hammer movie though and I loved the fact that the supposed Scots in this actually have the correct accent! :-) Lots of eye for detail, all the characters play their roles pretty well too and manage to avoid becoming to clichĂ (C), with the notable exception of Edward Chapman, who has impressed me with being quite possibly the most painfully clichĂ (C) bureaucrat in movie history I've ever seen.
If you're not capable of 'suspension of disbelief' I'd recommend you steer clear of this one.
If you like this type of old mystery/horror movie and you can cringe your way through the horribly wrong 'science' it has a few actually melting faces to enjoyable kill a lost afternoon with!
This isnâ??t on a par with any of the Quatermass tv shows, or movies, but itâ??s still an interesting sci fi movie, and often amusing look at how naive the writers were, when it came to writing about radiation, and how scientists supposedly handled radioactive properties, without wearing any protective gear, or house radiation in a proper environment.
But this was made in the 50s, and no one (well script writers) really understood the nature of radiation other than it was used to build a bomb.
However this is an enjoyable and an nostalgic trip to an innocent age, with a fun story of a radioactive creature stalking a sleepy village in Scotland.