Hobbs End, Knightsbridge, London. Whilst working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull amongst the rubble. Nearby is another discovery: a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb the origins of the object and its strange power are far more horrific and terrifying than anybody could have possibly imagined. Is it of this earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind's evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to unleashing ultimate evil? There's only one man capable of unravelling the clues, his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world, a man with answers.
Imaginative Science Fiction.
- Quatermass and the Pit review by Steve Mason
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Among all the 50s/60s low budget sci fi made in the UK, the Quatermass films stand quite a bit taller than the rest. Originally made for tv, it is indicative of the money that went into these earlier productions that (writer) Nigel Kneale's wife helped out by sewing some of the scenery.
Kneale had a special imagination, best enjoyed in Quatermass and the Pit, a sci fi fantasy that can transcend its budget, if you allow it to, and delivers a thrillingly imaginative story/allegory. The twist ending is a knockout.