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Val Guest's direction is almost flawless, blending overlapping dialogue and camerawork designed to draw the viewer into the moment by allowing them to observe from a "non-God" viewpoint, rather than throw the action into the face (as is common in most films today.) One example of this would be a scene, early on, when Quatermass and his assistant travel to a remote English village to investigate a report of strange goings-on at a secret plant of some kind. They drive down a clean, modern road that ends abruptly in the middle of nowhere. Confused and a bit unnerved we stand beside them on the road, watching them climb back into their car and pull away. A few moments later, distant, shadowy figures step out of the forest, stopping to watch them depart. It is the fact that we do not know who or even what these individuals are and are not drawn into a close-up of them that makes the moment especially unnerving and creepy. The entire film is rife with such suggestive, effective touches.
The dialogue, while witty and crisp, is still to the point and drives the story along in a sudden rush. The entire tale takes place over the space of only a few days, but the distance travelled is lightyears in terms of mood and power.
Even the musical score, a combination of rolling, threatening timpini and screeching violins, merely heightens the already anxious mood of the story.Read more ›
Of course, compared to the current age of CGI graphics and action sequences designed specifically to be as spectacular as possible, this 1957 low budget black and white British "pulp sci fi" film seems rather tame. But in terms of content, story, tightness in pace and execution it is a stunning example of how a brilliant director (Val Guest) can wring great things out of very limited raw materials.
Personally I would place this as one of my top 10 all time favorite sci fi films. I revisit it at least twice a year (I have the VHS release from long ago), and it never fails to impress and unnerve.
Even the strident performance by Brian Donlevy (best known as a B-Picture villian from the '30's and '40's) adds a sense of urgency to the tone of the picture. The action takes place over three days between the first hint of something not quite right in the little (and currently missing) village of Winerdon Flats, to the explosive conclusion when the alien infestation is defeated. In between the film presents an unrelenting atmosphere that is dark, creepy and rife with paranoia. It gets it's power not from what it shows but from what it implies.Read more ›
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Bringing back Brian Donlevy to the central role after THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT (1955), QUATERMASS 2 tells another familiar tale of the earth being threatened by aliens, who infect... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
One of the very best Sci-Fi films ever made. Also known as "Enemy from Space". I love Brian Donlevy as Professor Quatermass. He is always in a hurry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. G Provencal
In QUATERMASS 2 (aka: ENEMY FROM SPACE), Brian Donlevy (THE CREEPING UNKNOWN) returns as the intrepid Professor Quatermass. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
This movie scared the daylights out of me when I first saw it at about eight years old (nightmares for days afterwards), and I've never forgotten it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Donald F. Donahue
Excellent cinematography; excellent acting; excellent production; very interesting plot.
Much better than its predecessor, The Quatermass Xperiment, this is a well-done,... Read more
This is an exciting movie. It's packed with chills and scares. It moves fast. So fast that you can't imagine what's going to happen next. Read morePublished 15 months ago by What'sInThoseEnormousDomes
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Try the new "Icons of Suspense: Hammer Films" collection, just released. Six films, all new to dvd, and ALL subtitled!
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