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Quatermass And The Pit (1958)

Quatermass And The Pit (1958)

by 27/01/2016

Nigel Kneale


André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell, John Stratton, Christine Finn

Εταιρείες Παραγωγής


Γνωστή και ως

The Pit

Διάρκεια (μέσος όρος)

35 Minutes


United Kingdom





Σύνολο Σεζόν



1958, 1959


Before the historical Doctor Who was a notable hero, a strong sci-fi personality that won the British tv leaving extremely important legacy in the idioms of science fiction and horror. This is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a delicate character that created the great British writer Nigel Kneale as relevant in this series.

The intelligent and ethical scientist began his career in the first half of the 50s through the television series of the BBC to continue to separate movies 1980s but and subsequent decades. The mini series that we are considering here is called "Quatermass And The Pit" and is the third made by Nigel Kneale for the BBC. And we can say with ease that is the best of the three! Aired between December 1958 and January 1959 in 6 episodes of 30-35 minutes.

The case revolves around a bizarre discovery that made some workers digging at a building in London. This is a hominid skull aged 5 million years old and for a massive construction that initially looks like a bomb. Later, Professor Quatermass with the Colonel and his partner who are investigating the case have suggested that the object is an ancient alien ship that hides a diabolical secret about her past and the evolution of the human species. Then the situation becomes more dangerous after the ship demonstrates the tremendous influence over those who come into contact with him.

Horror Trivia

The original name of the character Captain Porter was Captain Archer.

The "Quatermass And The Pit" is a very addictive series that in captures in futuristic fascination from the start. Clicking on a brilliant screenplay meanders effectively in a variety of fields that traditionally would entassame in "supernatural". More specifically, he explores such topics as ghosts, poltergeist phenomenon, telekinesis, telepathy and other similar metaphysical phenomena which are here connected with the extraterrestrial activity. This connection is made with masterly manner without degradation in graphic or ridiculous situations (because the risk was obvious).

In parallel with the above concepts series and grapples with the concept of "ethnic cleansing" or genocide "inferior" (memories of Nazism and the racist ideology was still fresh) while in the end develops and a welcome moralism with core the role of people in the world and the relationships between them. Don't say more but not to shrink the mystery series.

In the early episodes is dominated more "blah-blah" and less action. Of course we are not talking about meaningless conversations-rather sometimes show great interest-but again little action over earlier would be appreciated. Essentially, the action and the suspense grow gradually as we approach the last episodes where climax. Beyond the influence of the spaceship is there and the brief presence of alien even to State bodies. Ok, today their form may be questionable but the season wasn't ugly.

The series gets famous and in the field of acting with André Morell gives change serving the heavy role of Professor Quatermass. Plays wonderfully, looks really atsalakwtos and sometimes becomes impressive. It certainly is one of the best actresses who embodied this demanding role.

In conclusion, if you want to introduce yourself to the legend of Quatermass and the imaginary adventures of, besides the classic films of Hammer Films this mini series is one of the best choices you can make. And Yes, the black and white image can be accepted and in science fiction, especially when combined with terror …


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Related Links

wikipedia   Quatermass and the Pit (1958– ) on IMDb

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Well-written script with lots of interesting, original and intelligent ideas that fascinate. At a high level are the interpretations being serious and conclusive. Finally, the last two episodes offer possible scenes with tension, suspense and terror.


The slightly slow flow of the first three episodes and the existence of many conversations at the expense of action.

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Simply the best of the three series of the legendary hero Quatermass relied on British television in distant 50s. Lovers of the cerebral sci-fi/horror must not lose anything.

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