Quatermass and the Pit

The third and most interesting of

Nigel Kneale

's Quatermass parables, scripted without interference by Kneale himself from his original TV series, so that his richly allusive web of occult, anthropological, religious and extraterrestrial speculation emerges intact as excavations at a London underground station turn up what appears to be an unexploded Nazi bomb, but proves to be a mysterious space craft. Hammer unfortunately delayed filming for several years, partly because of the sheer elaborateness of the subject matter, and partly because the plot did not lend itself to instant monster treatment. By the time the project came to be filmed, the company had moved from Bray and much of the atmosphere of their productions had been lost; but the brilliant pre-Von Daniken anthropological theme of Kneale's script still guarantees interest.

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Screenwriter: Nigel Kneale
Cast: Julian Glover
Peter Copley
Andrew Keir
Barbara Shelley
James Donald
Duncan Lamont
Edwin Richfield
Bryan Marshall
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