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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

The Quatermass Xperiment 1955

  • Watched on Wednesday Aug 19, 2020 via Blu-ray (2014 Kino Lorber)
    4 stars (out of 5)

    Hammer’s first plunge into sci-fi horror stars Brian Donlevy as bulldog scientist Quatermass dealing with a rocket ship returned from space whose lone-survivor, played by Richard Wordsworth, may no longer be human. Donlevy’s commanding presence overcomes his suspect casting as a scientist, and Wordsworth steals the film with his dead-eyed performance. Love director Val Guest’s decision to adopt a realistic style—it helps the film age well. He keeps the special effects off-screen as much as possible. When he does show the goods they often deliver, and even when they fall short they’re still unsettling. The Kino Lober print looks great.