Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) is a classic B-movie originally created as a three part BBC series. It went on to inspire such makings as Dr Who, another classic BBC broadcast and even some Hollywood films, for example '2001: Space Odyssey'.

The plot follows one of the main characters named Professor Bernard Quatermass on his search to hunt down an alien life form which has consumed the life of 3 crew members on the first space ship sent into space manned by human life forms, two crew members who were dead on arrival and the other on the run under control by the alien. As far as B-movies go, The Quatermass Xperiment serves them well, in my opinion a high amount of B-movies are all promise without deliverance. The opening couple of scenes managed to entice me, the viewer in, but as the film played out it seemed to have lost all of its promise as the story got slower and slower until it eventually met its grinding halt, the end, which was still left open with many questions to be answered. Of course these are my personal opinions because at the time of release the film made it into Hollywood which was then renamed 'The Creeping Unknown' and manged to create a few more sequels carrying on the original story, showing that the film was a success for British film history.

Through out the film there are some noticeable scenes which serve the film well, story wise and also visually. Some of these noticeable scenes include the pharmacy scene where it is revealed what the half human/half alien's arm looks like, and the opening scenes which include the space ships crash landing.