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Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit

As Reviewed By Kimberly Davis


In 1967, Hammer Studios released the final film in their "Quatermass Trilogy"; Quatermass and the Pit. The film starred Andrew Keir in the role of Professor Quatermass; James Donald as the anthropologist, Dr. Roney; Barbara Shelley as Roney's assistant, Barbara Judd and Julian Glover as Colonel Breen.

This film is a perfect entry to the Hammer library of sci-fi films. The casting of Andrew Keir in the role of Professor Quatermass was perfect as Keir brings a strong presence to the role as well as a more soft side that was more difficult to see in the two earlier Quatermass films which starred Brian Donlevy in the role of Quatermass.

The story is fantastic and is both chilling and frightening in it's detail. The story revolves around the discovery of prehistoric remains at an excavation in a London subway. Dr. Roney puts the skeletal remains at the ripe old age of five million years and then with the uncovering of a spaceship containing the remains of insectoid creatures, Quatermass is off to prove that Earth had been visited by an intelligent life form millions of years ago and the effects of those visits are still being felt....

If you watch just one film from the Quatermass trilogy, I highly recommend this film to be the choice. The screenplay was adapted from the Nigel Kneale story and the direction of Roy Ward Baker is flawless.