Rent Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

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1h 33min
Rent Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years to Earth) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Anthony Nelson-Keys
Writers:
Nigel Kneale
Aka:
Five Million Years to Earth
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/11/2006
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/10/2011
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • All new interviews with Judith Kerr, Julian Glover, Mark Gatiss, Joe Dante, Kim Newman and Marcus Hearn
  • Audio Commentary with Roy Ward Baker and Nigel Kneale
  • Trailer
  • Alternative American Credits
  • Alternative American Trailer
  • World of Hammer Sci-Fi Episode

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Reviews (2) of Quatermass and the Pit

Classic UK Sci-fi (spoiler). - Quatermass and the Pit review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
Updated 28/02/2021

The final part of Hammer’s Quatermass trilogy had a modest budget, the sets were bare and the special effects and models though often imaginative were scarcely state of the art even for the sixties.

However, Nigel Kneale's story is stunning, reaching far back into deep history in search of the horrific origins of man's bloody nature, replete with fascinating ideas of how this origin story has manifested itself through history in apparitions, witchcraft and occult folklore.

Excavations for a new underground station uncover a missile or a spaceship, and eventually reveals its huge locust-like occupants . Quatermass (Andrew Kier) leads the scientific exploration of the site, bringing him into conflict with civilian and military Government.

Analysis, and research into parish archives lead to the discovery... that mankind is the alien species, the slaughterers of the native inhabitants. Kneale had a special imagination and he delivers a thrillingly imaginative story/allegory. Its theory of a fundamentally divided human species seems more prescient than ever. And the ending is a knockout.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A heady combination - Quatermass and the Pit review by VG

Spoiler Alert
29/07/2021

A measured, compelling and escalating nightmare of biology, engineering, politics, militarism and folklore.

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