- 3 2017
Enemy from Space
Anthony Hinds, Michael Carreras (executive) for Hammer
directed by Val Guest
starring Brian Donlevy, Sidney James, John Longdon, Bryan Forbes, Vera Day, William Franklyn, Michael Ripper
written by Nigel Kneale, Val Guest, based on the BBC-tv-serial by Nigel Kneale, music by James Bernard
Quatermass, Hammer's Quatermass, Quatermass (Brian Donlevy)
When professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) wants to find out about a few meteorites hitting the
earth near the village of Winnerden Flats, much to his surprise he finds
the whole village gone, a giant production plant (actually a Shell-oil
reinery) standing in its place, guarded by military personnel. But when
he takes the matter to Whitehall, he's fed of with a bogus story of
synthetic food-production - but at least gets a permit for a guided
tour. & of course it's not a synthetic food plant (otherwise the
movie would be quite a disappointment), but something of an
invasion-launching-base for aliens (who actually look like lumps of
dirt, but can join together & grow to gigantic size), who are able
to take over humans - thus have the best relations to British
government. Naturally, Quatermass interferes, & with the help of a
handfull of (human) construction workers dissatisfied with the way they
are treated by their alien employers (it does make sense in the movie),
& the rocketship he kept in his backyard used as a missile to
destroy the alien mothership, he can fight off the evil invaders - but
not before some joined-together, giant aliens roam the premises for a
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Hammer's adaptation of the second BBC-Quatermass serial
(imaginatively titled Quatermass 2
from 1955), is, very much
like its predecessor, a fine piece of science fiction, with Brian
Donlevy still being too American for the part, but again delivering an
otherwise fine performance as the self righteous, bullying, energetic,
but overall wellmeaning scientist, even if at the time he had to
allegedly read all his lines from cue-cards for he couldn't memorize
them due to heavy alcoholism - which did not show in the movie.
Also, most of the sets are quite good, with a Shell oil-refinery doubling
as the alien base rather nicely.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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