[74], Other US trade reviews were mixed. This was expected before transmission, however, after timings had been made at the dress rehearsal, and the increased pace was attributed to the nervousness involved in a live performance. The Quatermass Xperiment (a.k.a. Quatermass II. Die Produktion war die Grundlage von weiteren Fernsehserien und dem Spielfilm Schock. [95] The Creeping Unknown was packaged in a double bill with a Gothic horror movie called The Black Sleep, starring Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi. [13], The film was co-produced by Robert L. Lippert, an American film producer and distributor. The film was produced by Anthony Hinds, directed by Val Guest, and stars Brian Donlevy as the eponymous Professor Bernard Quatermass and Richard Wordsworth as the tormented Carroon. Carroon is taken to Briscoe's laboratory facility on the grounds that conventional hospitals and doctors would have no idea how to evaluate or treat the world's first returned astronaut, now suffering from some sort of adverse outer space event. [3] Critic Nancy Banks-Smith in The Guardian complimented the production, and noted that "there were minor bumps in this production. [102] Positive reviews also came from Peter Burnup in the News of the World, who found that "with the added benefit of bluff, boisterous Brian Donlevy... all earnest addicts of science fiction will undoubtedly love every minute of it",[103] while the reviewer in The Manchester Guardian praised "a narrative style that quite neatly combines the horrific and the factual". I did it for wages not as a proper effects man who gets allocated a certain budget for a movie". It remains very horrid and not quite coherent",[103] while the reviewer in the Daily Mirror found the film to be "a real chiller thriller but not for the kids"[103] and Dilys Powell of The Sunday Times found the film "exciting but distinctly nauseating". Victor Carroon was played by Scottish actor Duncan Lamont, who later appeared in the film Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), and as a different character in the film adaptation of Quatermass and the Pit (1967). [1] Blair stated that she was delighted to be joining "the Quatermass club". Schock (Alternativtitel: Das Quatermass-Experiment, Originaltitel: The Quatermass Xperiment) ist ein in Schwarzweiß gedrehter britischer Science-Fiction-Horrorfilm aus dem Jahr 1955. The Quatermass Xperiment was based on the six-part 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel Kneale. The Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray KL Studio Classics 1955 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 82 min. The Quatermass Xperiment doesn't quite live up to all the hype as the granddaddy of Hammer Horror. The only survivor of a crashed rocket holds a terrible secret from the stars, and Professor Quatermass must stop him. [2], The production was the BBC's first live made-for-television drama broadcast in over twenty years. [71] A large sponge-rubber prosthetic was used for a brief scene in the zoo showing Carroon's mutation had advanced further. [35] The rest of the film was shot at Hammer's Bray Studios, with the New Stage there housing the sets for the hospital and the interior of Westminster Abbey. The production was released on DVD in October 2005 by DD Home Entertainment, with an audio commentary and other extra features. The Quatermass Experiment Live adaptation of the 50s sci-fi classic. [1] The broadcast suffered only a few errors, with some fluffed lines, several on- and off-camera stumbles, background sounds occasionally obscuring the dialogue, and, at the programme's end, a cameraman and sound man appearing in the shot. . [21] A subplot involving an extramarital affair between her and Briscoe is also left out of the film version. [114] The film director John Carpenter, who later collaborated with Nigel Kneale on the film Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), has claimed that The Quatermass Xperiment "had an enormous, enormous impact on me – and it continues to be one of my all-time favourite science-fiction movies". I always said Nigel Kneale was a prophet. [117] This ultimately spelt the end for Exclusive Films, Hammer's own distribution company, which was wound down in the late 1950s. The Quatermass Xperiment was released in 2003 by DD Video on Region 2 DVD. [19] Guest also adapted some sections of the script in response to the concerns of the BBFC. The Quatermass Xperiment Sci-fi classic. After that, there is a nightmarish wavering distortion of the cabin's atmosphere, and the men react as if something frightening, yet not visible, is there with them. [21], Among the other actors that appear in the film are Thora Hird, Gordon Jackson, David King-Wood, Harold Lang, Lionel Jeffries, and Sam Kydd, many of whom appeared regularly in films directed by Val Guest. "The Quatermass Xperiment" is an excellent genre mash-up. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. [59] A meticulous planner, he created storyboards for every shot and mounted them on a blackboard so as to brief the crew for each day's scenes. The Quatermass Xperiment (a.k.a. [1] Although it was scheduled in a two-hour slot, the production finished after one hour and forty minutes—under running its allotted time, whereas most of the original episodes had overrun. Jason Flemyng was cast as Quatermass, with long-time Kneale admirer Mark Gatiss as Paterson, Andrew Tiernan as Carroon, Indira Varma as his wife Judith, David Tennant as Briscoe, Adrian Bower as Fullalove and Adrian Dunbar as Lomax—as a Ministry of Defence official rather than a policeman. [127] Michael Carreras later said, "The film that must take all the credit for the whole Hammer series of horror films was really The Quatermass Xperiment".[128]. [62] Leakey also created Carroon's mutating arm. The Quatermass Experiment è un film per la televisione di fantascienza britannico del 2005 diretto da Sam Miller. [9] Hammer's offer met some resistance within the BBC, with one executive expressing reservations that The Quatermass Experiment was not suitable material for the company, but the rights were nevertheless sold for an advance of £500. [90], As expected, The Quatermass Xperiment received an ‘X’ Certificate from the BBFC,[63] restricting admission to persons over the age of sixteen. [65] Sparks and fireworks were used for the shots of the creature being electrocuted. [2] Among its viewers was Hammer Films producer Anthony Hinds, who was immediately keen to buy the rights for a film version. In the morning, scattered animal carcasses are found, their life forces having been absorbed, with a slime trail leading away from the zoo. [74], In the United States, Robert L. Lippert attempted to interest Columbia Pictures in distributing the film but they felt it would be competition for their own production, It Came From Beneath The Sea, which was on release at the time. Synopsis : Le Professeur Bernard Quatermass tente de repousser les frontières de l'espace. [16] Landau made significant changes in condensing the action to less than half the length of the original teleplay. The first manned spacecraft, fired from an English launchpad, is first lost from radar, then roars back to Earth and crashes in a farmer's field, and is found to contain only one of the three men who took off in it; and he is unable to talk but appears to be undergoing a torturous physical and mental metamorphosis. The film was produced by Anthony Hinds, directed by Val Guest, and stars Brian Donlevy as the eponymous Professor Bernard Quatermass and Richard Wordsworth as the tormented Carroon. [32] Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Beau Geste (1939),[33] he was also known for his appearances in The Great McGinty (1940) and The Glass Key (1942). [9] The opening thirty minutes of the television version are covered in just two minutes in the Hammer film. By 1955 the deal with Robert L. Lippert had expired and the company produced just one feature film that year, Women Without Men. Buy the Hammer Horror DVDs!!! of film . In the film Quatermass kills the creature by massive electrocution. [103] Today's Cinema called it "one of the best essays in science fiction to date". [9] Quatermass himself was demoted to a doctor and written much more as an action hero than the thoughtful scientist created by Nigel Kneale. [121] Quatermass did eventually return to cinema screens in Quatermass 2 (1957) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967), both of which had screenplays written by Nigel Kneale and based on serials originally written by him and presented by BBC Television. The Creeping Unknown in the United States) is a 1955 British science fiction horror film drama from Hammer Film Productions, based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel Kneale. Marsh, his assistant, approaches and asks "What are you going to do?" Doctor Who, playing a doctor confronted with a man-eating vegetable." Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. There can be little doubt that had the BBC continued with their recordings of the original Quatermass Experiment in the 1950s, nobody would be talking about this production very much. [2] On two occasions near the middle of the broadcast a large on-screen graphic was overlaid, advising viewers that a major news story, the death of Pope John Paul II, was being covered on BBC News 24. [21] At the time he appeared as Quatermass, his career was in decline, however. It was created by Nigel Kneale and was enormously influential on British sci-fi, most notably Doctor Who. "[108], Among the critics and film historians who have reviewed The Quatermass Xperiment in the years since its release have been John Baxter who said, in Science Fiction in the Cinema (1970), "In its time, The Quatermass Experiment was a pioneering sf film... Brian Donlevy was stiff but convincing... Much of the film is saved, however, by Richard Wordsworth... one of the finest such performances since Karloff's triumphs of the Thirties". [119] However, when the company asked Nigel Kneale for permission to use the character of Quatermass, he refused, not wanting to lose control of his creation. [7] It has also been repeated on BBC Four on several occasions. TV-PG | 1h 37min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 2 April 2005. Quatermass Collection (Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass II / Quatermass and the Pit ) by Anthony Bushell DVD $22.99 Only 1 left in stock - order soon. The film was shot on location in London, Windsor, Bray, and at Hammer's Bray Studios. "You Won't Believe Your Eyes". [35] By this stage in his career, Donlevy was suffering from alcoholism; it was some weeks into the shoot before Guest became aware that the flask of coffee he always carried on set was laced with brandy. The film was produced by Anthony Hinds, directed by Val Guest, and stars Brian Donlevy as the eponymous Professor Bernard Quatermass. That night he is in the zoo, barely visible amongst some shadowed bushes, now with far less of his human form remaining. A former beauty queen,[21] Dean was allegedly cast on account of her association with the 20th Century Fox president, Spyros Skouras. Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. Jane Asher, playing Jill Greeley, had, as a child, appeared in Hammer's The Quatermass Xperiment, the film adaptation of Kneale's BBC serial The Quatermass Experiment. [86] The score runs to 20 minutes and uses a rising and falling three-note semitone throughout. [10], Nigel Kneale was a BBC employee at the time, which meant that his scripts were owned entirely by the BBC. [105], On a less positive note, Frank Jackson of Reynolds News quipped "That TV pseudo-science shocker The Quatermass Xperiment has been filmed and quitermess they've made of it too",[104] before slating the film as "82 minutes of sick-making twaddle". [115], The success of The Quatermass Xperiment came at an opportune time for Hammer. These three Quatermass serials are seen today as seminal 1950s television productions. [26] When the draft script for The Quatermass Xperiment was submitted, Board Secretary Arthur Watkins replied, "I must warn you at this stage that, while we accept this story in principle for the ‘X’ category, we could not certificate, even in that category, a film treatment in which the horrific element was so exaggerated as to be nauseating and revolting to adult audiences". ",[104] also called for "a couple of cheers for the reassurance that British films can still, once in a while, come quick". [109] This view was echoed by John Brosnan in The Primal Screen (1991): "One of the best of all alien possession movies",[110] he wrote, "Not since Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster has an actor managed to create such a memorable, and sympathetic, monster out of mime alone". The Quatermass Xperiment (a.k.a.The Creeping Unknown in the United States) is a 1955 British science fiction horror film drama from Hammer Film Productions, based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel Kneale.. [49] It performed extremely well during its West End run, taking £3,500 a week at the box office. (Morell did later play Quatermass in the third instalment of the series, Quatermass and the Pit.) [126] The enormous success of the latter of these cemented Hammer's reputation for horror and the company became synonymous with the genre. The climax was moved from Westminster Abbey to the Tate Modern, as the latter was easier to replicate in studio, and there was no visible monster. It was created by Nigel Kneale and was enormously influential on British sci-fi, most notably Doctor Who . [1] Isla Blair was cast as Home Secretary Margaret Blaker, a combination of parts of Lomax's character and two officials from the original serial, and she brought to rehearsals a photograph of her husband Julian Glover on the set of the 1967 film version of Quatermass and the Pit. [38], Inspector Lomax was played by Jack Warner, who appeared by arrangement with the J. Arthur Rank Organisation, with whom he was contracted. Never breaking stride, Quatermass offhandedly replies, "I'm going to start again". [25], Having fallen foul of the censors with some of their earlier films, Hammer had an informal agreement to submit scripts in advance of shooting for comment by the BBFC. And they had put in the best music they could and put the best effects on it, but it meant nothing as far as I was concerned … absolutely nothing at all". The film's US release was as a double feature with The Black Sleep.[1]. [29] Further stylistic changes were sought by the BBC, who retained a script approval option after the sale of the rights and asked Nigel Kneale to work on their suggested changes, much to his indignation, . Although Miller controlled the production's artistic direction, experienced outside broadcast director Trevor Hampton assisted him in controlling the technical aspects of the live production, which was broadcast from the QinetiQ (ex-Ministry of Defence) Longcross Test Track site in Surrey. (1943). The music was composed by James Bernard, the first of many scores he wrote for Hammer. [14] Quota laws in the UK meant that US films had to have a British supporting feature, so it was in the American studios' interests to fund these features to recover a greater proportion of the box office receipts. [107] Film Bulletin was not impressed. Movie & TV guides. [124] Market research carried out by the company showed that it was the horror aspect of the film, rather than the science fiction, that most appealed to audiences. If you want to know how it ends you will have to buy the BBC dvd which includes the original script, or see Hammer's 1955 movie version or the 2005 remake. Fell and producer Alison Willett had several meetings with the writer at his London home to discuss the script. The Quatermass Experiment (15) IMDb 5.2 1h 36min 2005 Filmed live with a fantastic ensemble cast, "The Quatermass Experiment" takes a sci-fi cult classic into the 21st Century. [28] Art director James Elder Wills, in his final film for Hammer, made great use of the existing architecture of Down Place to enhance the effectiveness of his sets. Set in the near future against the background of a British space programme, it tells the story of the first manned flight into space, supervised by Professor Bernard Quatermass of the British Experimental Rocket Group. After hiding on a river barge, Carroon encounters a little girl, leaving her unharmed through sheer force of will. Things are better explained in the play. Judith quickly discovers what is happening to her husband. [123], The Quatermass Xperiment was Hammer's first film to be adapted from a television drama. Si tratta del remake della miniserie televisiva del 1953 The Quatermass Experiment, prima della serie di opere che hanno per protagonista il professor Quatermass. [17] In the process Landau played up the horror elements of Kneale's original teleplay. [118], Hammer quickly sought to capitalise on its good fortune with a sequel. Shortly thereafter, all contact is lost with the rocket and its three-man crew: Carroon, Reichenheim and Green. [35] Most of the remaining location shooting was done in the Windsor area. "Its strong point is an eerie atmosphere . [2], Drawing an average audience of 482,000, The Quatermass Experiment became BBC Four's fourth-highest-rated programme of all time, behind The Curse of Steptoe, The Road to Coronation Street. Actors who have played Quatermass: QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT (1953): Reginald Tate QUATERMASS II (1955): John Robinson There is no sign of the other two crew. [78] Michael Carreras felt something was missing when he viewed the first cut of this scene: he said, "There was this great glob of something hanging about on the scaffolding. Some parts were legitimately creepy (the cockpit film … The first part of this particular film is well up to standard. [99] It opened in US theatres in June 1956 and was so successful that United Artists offered to part-fund a sequel. Production. Like its source TV serial, the film was a major success in the UK and brought public attention to Hammer Film Productions' name around the world. Carroon is in shock, only able to say the words, "Help me". [28] Special effects technician Les Bowie recalled, "We did Quatermass on a budget so low it wasn't a real budget. [49] Val Guest recalled of her, "She was a sweet girl, but she couldn't act". Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate. It was the first Hammer production to attract the attention of a major US distributor, in this case United Artists, who distributed the film under the title The Creeping Unknown. The screenplay, written by the American B-film scenarist, Richard Landau, and heavily revised by Val Guest, presents a reworked version of the events of the original television serial. DOWNLOAD OPTIONS download 1 file . [65] Guest used a wide-angle lens for these shots to convey a feeling of vastness to the scene. When the rocket returns to Earth, it crashes in Wimbledon. [81] Val Guest was not involved in any of the music sessions; Anthony Hinds supervised Bernard and made the final decisions as to where the music should occur. The Quatermass Experiment ist eine britische Science-Fiction-Fernsehserie von 1953 um den (fiktiven) Professor Bernard Quatermass. Val Guest's direction is heavy with cliches. [8] Hammer was not so reticent, deciding from the outset that they would deliberately pursue an ‘X’ Certificate. When the mutating Carroon escapes from custody, Quatermass and Scotland Yard's Inspector Lomax (Jack Warner), have just hours to track it down and prevent a catastrophe. When the rocket returns to Earth, it crashes in Wimbledon. [24] He also felt it unlikely that Brian Donlevy's gruff interpretation of Quatermass would lend itself to talking the creature into submission. [88] Remarking on the effectiveness of the score, the film critic John Brosnan said, "Of prime importance, is the contribution of the soundtrack, in this case supplied by James Bernard who never wrote a more unnerving, jangly score". With Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Paul Whitsun-Jones. [60] To inject pace and add further realism into the story, Guest directed his actors to deliver their lines rapid-fire and to overlap the dialogue. Die Serie wurde live ausgestrahlt; überliefert sind nur die per Kinescope aufgezeichneten ersten beiden Episoden. [122] Rival British film companies also tried to cash in with science fiction films of their own, including Satellite in the Sky, The Gamma People and Fire Maidens from Outer Space (all 1956). [54] Guest had little interest in science fiction and was unenthusiastic about directing the film; he reluctantly took copies of Nigel Kneale's television scripts with him on holiday in Tangiers and only began reading them after being teased for his "ethereal" attitude by his wife, Yolande Donlan. [11] This became a matter of some resentment on Kneale's part, and when his BBC contract came up for renewal he demanded and secured control over any future film rights for his work. Mr. Jack Warner, representing Scotland Yard, is indeed a comfort to have at hand when Things are on the rampage". In the television serial version’s climax, Quatermass appeals to what remains of the creature's humanity and convinces it … [30] With an American actor cast as Quatermass, Guest reverted Briscoe to a British character and reinstated Quatermass's title of professor. [55] Impressed by what he read and pleased to be offered the opportunity to break away from directing comedy films, he took the job. “A BBC teleplay concerning the terrifying results of the first manned space flight. (1982) found that "the buildup is slightly too long and too careful"[111] but also said, "It's an intelligent, taut and well-directed thriller; it showcases Nigel Kneale's ideas well; it's scary and exciting. [42] Bill Warren in Keep Watching The Skies! The Quatermass Experiment premiered at 8:15pm on Saturday 18 July, 1953, to a nearly unprecedented national audience of 3.4 million viewers. [47] He remained known predominantly as a stage actor, among other things devising and starring in a one-person show dedicated to his great-great grandfather, the poet William Wordsworth. [66] For the shot of the lights of London going out when the electricity is diverted to Westminster Abbey, an agreement was made with one of the engineers at Battersea Power Station to turn off the lights illuminating the outside of the station; however the engineer misunderstood and briefly cut all the power along the River Thames. The Creeping Unknown in the United States) is a 1955 British science fiction horror film drama from Hammer Film Productions, based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel Kneale. [22] Kneale was particularly aggravated by the dropping from his original teleplay the notion that Carroon has absorbed not only the bodies but also the memories and the personalities of his two fellow astronauts. As the Hammer film and its subsequent sequels reached audiences, the impact of Kneale’s creation began to manifest itself in the work of others. [31] Donlevy, in his own words, specialised in "he-men roles – rough, tough and realistic". The Quatermass Xperiment. The remnant, having now grown much larger, breaks out of its glass cage, but dies of starvation on the floor. [29] One of Guest's key script contributions was to tailor the dialogue to suit the brusque style of star Brian Donlevy. Bear Manor Media. The most significant plot change, however, occurs at the climax of the film. [49] Similarly, William Whitebait in the New Statesman, who found the film to be "better than either War of the Worlds or Them! The Creeping Unknown in the United States) is a 1955 British science-fiction horror film drama from Hammer Film Productions, based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel Kneale. An astronaut returns to Earth after an experimental space flight, afflicted by a strange fungus that transforms him into a murderous monster. By the end of the series, growing public interest saw the audience increase to 5 [9] Hammer had entered into an arrangement with Lippert in 1951 under which Lippert provided finance and supplied American stars for Hammer's films and distributed them in the United States. The Quatermass Xperiment was released in 2003 by DVD Video on Region 2 DVD. It is now a gigantic shapeless mass of combined animal and plant tissue with eyes, distended nodules, and tentacle-like fronds filled with spores. [citation needed], The Quatermass Experiment was originally a six-part TV serial broadcast by BBC Television in 1953. [14] According to executive producer Michael Carreras, "Skouras had a girlfriend who was an actress and he wanted her in pictures, but he didn't want her in pictures in America, because of the tittle-tattle or whatever, so he set it up through his friend Bob Lippert". The subject could have been turned into a good film, not lacking in spice; with a bit of imagination... None of this is in this sadly English film". [74] United Artists eventually acquired the distribution rights in March 1956 for a fee of $125,000. The film does incorporate the fear because Quatermass goes off to start the whole thing again, after going to such trouble to get rid of the Thing brought to earth. Quatermass and his assistant Marsh arrive at the scene. [74] Unable to secure a sale, he retitled it again, this time to The Creeping Unknown. Sold by … The film's storyline concerns three astronauts that have been launched into space aboard a single stage to orbit rocket. Quatermass kick-started both British TV Science Fiction and Hammer Horror! [3] Incorporated in 1934, Hammer had developed a niche for itself making second features, many of which were adaptations of successful BBC Radio productions. Among the bushes, Quatermass and Briscoe also find a small but living remnant of Carroon, and take it back to their laboratory. [69] The rooms of Down Place, the former country house Bray Studios were built around, were used for other scenes such as Inspector Lomax's office. [45] Summing up Wordsworth's performance, film critic Bill Warren said, "All Carroon's anguish and torment are conveyed in one of the best mime performances in horror and science fiction films... A sequence in which he is riding in a car with his wife is uncanny: only the alien is visible for a long moment". The Quatermass Experiment is a British science fiction serial broadcast by BBC Television during the summer of 1953 and re-staged by BBC Four in 2005. He ignores all who ask questions. [80], John Hotchkis was originally hired to compose the music but, when he fell ill, Anthony Hinds asked conductor John Hollingsworth to recommend a replacement. [56] In his approach to directing the film, Guest sought to make "a slightly wild story more believable"[57] by creating a "science fact" film, shot "as though shooting a special programme for the BBC or something". The Quatermass Experiment (film) is similar to these televisions: A for Andromeda (2006 film), The Quatermass Experiment, Quatermass and the Pit and more. [49] Four minutes, mainly of expository material, were cut from the runtime of the film. [84] Bernard composed the music at his piano and then worked out the orchestration, which was performed by the Royal Opera House Orchestra. Not Rated | 1h 18min | Horror, Sci-Fi | 26 April 1956 (USA) Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate. The Quatermass Xperiment ( 1955) The Quatermass Xperiment. The alien creature is cremated by electrocution before it can release its spores. He leaves Marsh behind, walking off into the dark, and sometime later a second manned rocketship roars into outer space.

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