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Steve Reed

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26 Jul 2011, 3:26pm

A dreadful remake of the classic BBC of which starred the great Andre Morell as Professor Bernard Quatermass. Andrew Keir plays the part of Quatermass here, but he is the only redeeming actor in the whole sorry mess. The direction is sloppy and bloated, it doesn't particularly feel like a Hammer SF film let alone a 'Quatermass' film. The SPFX are far more inferior even than the TV serial (Check out the spanner moving on it's own when Sladden collects his kit at night, see those paino wires, something you do not see in the serial thank God!). Roy Ward Baker was a terrible choice for director here to be honest, and is sloppy by comparison to the excellent Val Guest, who really gave the first 2 Quatermass films the zest they needed. I'm totally convinced that the only reason that this film gets such high ratings over the first 2 films, is purely that the film was made in colour - and people are just too damn lazy to be bothered with B/W films. As for the nay sayers whinging eteranlly about Brian Donlevy as Quatermass in the earlier films, then you are wrong, very wrong. It's very likely that if Hammer had not transfused Donlevy into the role, then the chances of the film doing so good abroad may have been minimal - which would have been unthinkable in terms of Hammers future. This film however is an awful drawn out effort, a studio bound film with no soul, with colourless acting, and some very tepid directing. Had Guest and Donlevy been both free at the time to film, I've a feeling we would of been viewing an entirely different animal altogether, and probably a film that just toppled the previous 2 films.

Related to: Quatermass And The Pit (1967)

Steve Reed

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26 Jul 2011, 3:00pm

The best by far of the Quatermass films. The first one 'The Quatermass Xperiment' is pure brilliance, and the third 'Quatermass and the Pit' distinctly average by comparison to it's massive TV serial counterpart. The serial to 'Quatermass II' is excellent as well, but tapers at the finale due to a very bloated final episode, but the film wraps things up neatly and still retains all the sinister foreboding that is present in the TV serial - such as the slime covered MP emerging from the shiny spherical tank, the bodies of the workers pump through pipes etc. This is a class act, a one that would certainly merit a remake. Visit my website at: http://www.quatermass2.com

Related to: Quatermass 2 (1957)

Steve Reed

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26 Jul 2011, 2:52pm

In reply to cosmonauttransfer, I would have thought that The Quatermass Xperiment was the benchmark for body horror, and not the 1986 remake of 'The Fly' - being as Xperiment was made 32 years prior to the release of 'The Fly'. What could be more horrific than having your body taken over by 2 other persons, as well as an unknown alien force, and to top it all having your body engulfed in a Cacti like growth?

Related to: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Steve Reed

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26 Jul 2011, 2:44pm

The is in fact the second Hammer Quatermass and not the third, as your comment suggests.

Related to: Quatermass 2 (1957)

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