Quatermass And The Pit

613It’s October – Halloween time! That’s why I decided to review some of the scary movies I own. First in this series: Quatermass and the Pit, written by Nigel Kneale and filmed by the BBC in 1957.

Chances are you never heard that name, so what’s Quatermass and the pit all about?

During construction in London, a skull is found. Police seals off the area, and a team of archaeologists is brought in to investigate. Eventually, Dr. Bernard Quatermass, founder of the British Rocketship Group, is called in, when events take a turn for the weird.

I’m not going to give away anything of the plot here, I always hate when people do that. You do have to think of Quatermass as a sort of precursor to Mulder & Scully, though, and you’ll get the right idea: In the end, the fate of the world hangs in the ballance.

Quatermass, like all old Sci-Fi movies, has to be taken with a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief. We all know the true history of spaceflight by now, and we’re all used to ultra-realistic special effects. Still, if you’re willing to give it a try and to just enjoy this movie, you’ll be in for a wonderful thriller, mainly because the creators realized their limits, and much of the horror is implied and not shown in close-up.

I recommend to watch this very late on a friday night, when you’re home alone, in a dark apartment. Preferably in the autumn, during a rainstorm or foggy evening. I do admit, when I first watched this movie, it scared the hell out of me. Of course I have been known to be scared by E.T., too. Okay, so that was a long time ago.

Quartermass was a sort of loose series of two or three miniseries in the 1950s, performed live on TV. This DVD contains the restored and almost complete version. It contains no extras, but at least it’s Region Code 0 – you can play it with any DVD player.

I bought this DVD a while ago. I had never heard of it before, but I came across it while browsing the web. I bought it from amazon and I certainly didn’t regret it. In fact, I really enjoyed this DVD. I wish there had been a few extras, and I really wish the series had been complete, but still Quatermass and the Pit is worth the money. If you’re a fan of old Science Fiction / Horror movies, you’ll definitely want to give this one a try.

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