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  Quatermass (1979) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Quatermass (also known as The Quatermass Conclusion or Quatermass IV) is a British television science-fiction serial, the fourth and final instalment in the famous Quatermass series.
Quatermass is intrigued by the behaviour of a group of hippie-like youngsters known as the 'Planet People', who are gathering from across the country at various neolithic sites, led by the taciturn 'Kickalong'.
This was in a serial entitled The Quatermass Memoirs, a drama-documentary which mixed the telling of the real-life story of the Quatermass serials with the fictional strand of Quatermass writing his memoirs in the Scottish Highlands, set at a time slightly before this final televised story.
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 Bernard Quatermass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Professor Bernard Quatermass is a fictional character, created by the writer Nigel Kneale originally for BBC Television, who appeared in three influential BBC science fiction serials of the 1950s, and made his swansong in a final serial for Thames Television in 1979.
Quatermass and the scientist Joe Kapp establish that an alien force is causing the downturn of society and Quatermass forms a plan to force the intruder away by the detonation of a nuclear device: he presses the button to detonate it himself, and is killed in the blast as the planet is saved.
At the time of Quatermass and the Pit, the character's reach was such that the two most popular comedy programmes of the day, radio's The Goon Show and television's Hancock's Half Hour, both parodied the serial in episodes of their programmes.
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Quatermass tells the reporters that the other Astronauts are missing, and then he, Paterson and Marsh look inside the space craft, Paterson claims that there is evidence to suggest that the hatch has remained shut throughout the whole mission, Quatermass dismisses this, as he is trying to mislead the police.
Quatermass and Briscoe examine the reporters shrunken body, and also check the cactus remains, Quatermass believes that Caroon is undergoing a biological change and urges Lomax to start a full extensive search for him.
Quatermass reads Briscoe's report on the examination of the reporters body, the energy was absorbed and the body was broken down into it's basic constituents.
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 Quatermass vs. the Aliens   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Quatermass turned back to his contemplation of the rocket, a silent figure among the rush and mumble of humanity that worked around him.
Quatermass could be so coldly logical at times that he barely seemed to have any normal human reaction beside irritation when he experienced setbacks of his scientific projects.
Quatermass practically dove on top of Marsh, and as they saw the trap door on the far side burst open and metallic, fl arms grab for purchase, the bell tower was rocked by the explosion of the grenade.
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 ..: Quatermass :..
The name Quatermass is synonymous with science fiction at its most compelling, and has been through many incarnations on television, in film, and on radio.
'Quatermass II' and 'Quatermass and the Pit' followed at 2 year intervals after the success of Experiment and the legend was born.
As he was a regular in Hammer films, and Quatermass and the Pit became a cult film in the UK and US, he is the actor identified most with the role, and as such, when BBC radio decided to produce the Quatermass Memoirs in 1996, is was Keir who was chosen for the role.
www.britishdrama.org.uk /quatermass.html   (891 words)

 Television Heaven
The story of the four Quatermass serials span three decades of television history, the original three being produced by the BBC in the 1950s and the belated fourth and final adventure for the independent company, Thames Television in 1979.
The Quatermass Experiment told the tale Professor Bernard Quatermass (Reginald Tate), head of the British Rocket Research Group, and the deadly after effects which arise when an experimental spaceship with a three-man crew is deflected hundreds of thousands of miles off-course, before finally returning to Earth.
Although Quatermass eventually defeats the threat as he had done so often in the past, this time the price paid is the ultimate one, as the strain causes the professor to succumb to a final, fatal heart attack.
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 AudioRevolution DVD Review Quatermass 2
QUATERMASS 2 has been restored to its original title for its video release by the blessed Anchor Bay, but under any title, it's one of the best science fiction movies of the 1950s.
Puzzled by his encounter with an apparently disturbed man with a strange scar, Quatermass doesn't consider it as important as the launch of his new rocket, which he hopes to use to establish a base on the Moon.
The climax of the TV serial took Quatermass and a friend (omitted altogether form the movie) into outer space, to deal with the aliens in their home asteroid on a more direct level.
www.audiorevolution.com /dvd/revs/quatermass2.shtml   (1077 words)

 KULTUK R2 dvd review: "THE QUATERMASS COLLECTION" (1953-1959)
Quatermass II for example has a sequence with a family on the beach near the base, who fall victim to the heavy-handed attitudes.
Quatermass is brought in for advice, and to see if he can move the military along, as his own Rocket Group is taken over by the armed forces.
Quatermass and the Pit Omnibus opening and closing For the nerds and enthusiasts, the short opening and closing titles for the two parts of the special omnibus version of the story.
www.kultuk.btinternet.co.uk /reviews/DVD/bbc_tqc.htm   (2557 words)

 QUATERMASS 2 movie review
The movie opens with Quatermass returning from a meeting with the British Parliament, where his request for more funding for his Rocket Group’s plan to build a lunar colony was denied.
Quatermass, upset about his loss of funding, is angered about the unauthorized use of the equipment, but other events quickly make the meteor fall worth investigating.
Quatermass goes to the authorities to report what is clearly an alien conspiracy, only to discover that, as always, the people in charge are no longer human.
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 Amazon.ca: DVD: Quatermass: Set 1 (2 Discs)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Drawing on 25 years of Quatermass legacy through films and television, Kneale and Haggard are uncompromising in their depiction of anarchy, decay, and desperate pockets of hope, and Mills is brilliant in his title role as a genius devoted to saving what's left of humanity.
While the four-hour Quatermass series is the one to watch, this two-disc DVD set also includes the truncated theatrical version and "The Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge," an hour-long episode of The History Channel's excellent series In Search of History, placing the fictional speculation of Quatermass in current historical context.
Quatermass, coming to London from the countryside to seek a lost grandchild and drawn into the investigation of events, theorizes about "the harvesting of mankind." He is aided by an astrophysicist played by Simon McCorkindale, whom many viewers will recognize as a screen presence of the time.
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 Amazon.co.uk: DVD: The Quatermass Collection - The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass And The Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Quatermass II (1955) takes advantage of a further two years of technological development in TV and is a more accomplished production than the first, with ambitious and effective location filming and pioneering visual effects work from Jack Kine and Bernard Wilkie.
Quatermass himself is less memorable, played this time by John Robinson, who was drafted in at short notice after the sad death of Reginald Tate during the serial's pre-production.
Quatermass is this time played by Andre Morell, who could have been made for the part, and he is given excellent support by Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell, John Stratton and Christine Finn.
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 screenonline: Quatermass II (1955)
After a series of mysterious objects fall to ground in a rural community, Professor Bernard Quatermass uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth.
Quatermass II told of an alien invasion of Earth.
Quatermass II was performed live in the studio, with the few exterior shots filmed in advance and inserted at transmission.
www.screenonline.org.uk /tv/id/441212   (349 words)

The three Quatermass serials - The Quatermass Experiment (1953), Quatermass II (1955) and Quatermass and the Pit (1958) - were produced by the legendary Rudolph Cartier, in an era in which live television transmission was the norm and any kind of television recording system was still in its infancy.
Only a few years earlier, Quatermass II had been recorded using a suppressed-field recorder, which only exposed one of the two video fields to film, using the duration of the second field to close the shutter and move the film on in readiness to expose the next frame.
Quatermass and the Pit had previously been released as a two-part compilation version by BBC Video on VHS in the mid-eighties and latterly the same master had been used in Revelation's DVD release.
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 BBC - Cult Television - Quatermass Remade!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Quatermass Experiment was a television phenomenon, attracting massive audiences when it burst into British homes in 1953.
Great to finally see the surviving episodes of Quatermass Experiment and Quatermass 2.However,the final episode of the latter is the greatest exercise in mind numbing dullness I have ever had the misfortune to witness.
The original 1953 Quatermass Experiment frightened the living daylights ot of me. However, looking at the script which appeared as a penguin paperback, I found it a most brilliant piece of writing and what's more, the story I found is plausible.
www.bbc.co.uk /cult/news/cult/2005/03/03/17357.shtml   (3235 words)

 Scifilm -- Reviews, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967)
Quatermass (played by the excellent Scottish actor Andrew Keir) has been in a conference with a bunch of government big wigs who want to take control of his British Rocket Group—a government-funded space exploration agency—and use it for military purposes, specifically to put nuclear missiles on the moon or Mars.
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT is undoubtedly the strongest of all of Nigel Kneale's screenplays; all of which are excellent.
Though he's not my favorite Quatermass (that distinction goes to John Mills in the 1978 TV serial "Quatermass"—the good Professor's final adventure), I can find no fault with his performance.
www.scifilm.org /reviews/quatermasspit.html   (1620 words)

Professor Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) is one of the first on the scene, and is intrigued to discover that two of the crew are no longer aboard.
Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) is intrigued to discover that contact with the meteorites causes an unusual infection, and is astonished to find that the chemical plant appears to be modelled after his own design for a moonbase — a design that enables life to thrive in an artificial atmosphere.
Quatermass 2 was based on Nigel Kneale’s classic BBC serial, and is still regarded as one of the most disturbing films the Hammer Studios ever made.
www.xploitedcinema.com /dvds/dvds.asp?title=2484   (424 words)

Quatermass: "The Quatermass Xperiment" (aka "The Creeping Unknown," 1956), "Quatermass II (aka "Enemy from Space," 1957), and the best of them all, "Quatermass and the Pit" (aka "Five Million Miles to Earth," 1958).
I am not too sure, however, that the American Quatermass buffs were aware of a four-part "Quatermass" television series on the other side of the Atlantic that was condensed by half and released as "The Quatermass Conclusion" (1980).
The scenes of a London under the control of roving gangs is too close to reality to be called science fiction; and the sudden senseless deaths of one of the main characters is truly shocking.
www.mediascreen.com /q/quatermass.htm   (221 words)

 BBC - Cult - Classic TV - Quatermass II Introduction
In each serial, plucky Professor Bernard Quatermass of the British Rocket Group would overcome alien invaders in between some serious science and drinks at his club.
Quatermass II was the second, and most horrific of the serials.
It was transmitted live in 1955, with later episodes preceded with a unique warning for those of a nervous disposition.
www.bbc.co.uk /cult/classic/quatermass/intro.shtml   (249 words)

 dOc DVD Review: Quatermass 2 (1957)
Quatermass 2 is based on the TV show of the same name with slightly simplified story and shorter running time.
Quatermass and that he was quite disappointed about not being part of the original The Quatermass Xperiment.
Quatermass 2 is a definite reccomendation for anyone who appreciates these classic sci-fi mysteries, their low budget charm, and solid storytelling.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=194   (1333 words)

 The Quatermass Trilogy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The first series, The Quatermass Experiment, appeared in 1953 and concerned the cruel fate of astronaut Victor Carroon who returns from space host to a deadly alien life form that threatens to destroy all life on earth.
Quatermass and a group of heroic workers against the deadly alien menace.
Quatermass and the Pit stands as one of the all time great moments of television drama and, if viewed with the BBC's limited capabilities at the time in mind, can still stir the soul while sending chills down ones spine.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/british_television/7941   (417 words)

 MobileGamer.biz :: Quatermass Xperiment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The plot tells the story of professor Bernard Quatermass, the man who sent into space the first manned British rocket, and his investigations about the disappearance of two astronauts in its return.
The Quatermass author, Nigel Kneale, was not too happy about the new version's reduction to 82 minutes.
The UK theatrical remake of The Quatermass Experiment (1955) was directed by Val Guest and the screenplay was written by Val Guest and Richard Landau.
www.mobilegamer.biz /store/B00004YRX0/Quatermass_Xperiment.html   (1209 words)

 Quatermass - Prof. Quatermass' last adventure comes to DVD
The BBC began the advenures of Professor Bernard Quatermass in the Quatermass television show, starting with 1953's 6-part adventure The Quatermass Experiment.
Quatermass adventures have been released on Region 1 DVD by Anchor Bay as part of their "Hammer Collection", but all editions of those discs are now out of print.
Fresh out of retirement, the aging Quatermass is as brilliant and plucky as ever.
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 "Quatermass" (1979)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Quatermass' granddaughter has run away from home, and while he searches for her he becomes involved with the planet people, a group of which seemingly are "taken" while congregating around some ancient standing stones.
The budget for this mini-series is obviously not all that large, and the special effects are modest, but they are generally pretty effective, the acting is good for the most part, and it contains an intelligence and darkness rarely seen in contemporary TV SF.
'Quatermass' has a few flaws but I think it is extremely underrated and a fine close to Kneale's Quatermass series.
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 Savant Review: Quatermass 2
Along with Fritz Lang's The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, Quatermass 2 was the missing link in the progression of pop pulp sci-fi from the serial thrillers of the 40s, to the James Bond films of the 60s.
Quatermass 2 is shot in gloomy fl and white, with less than stellar production values (some folks don't like the monsters much), but it is a taut thriller told with Val Guest's most cinematic direction, and with a cast that really believes they're fighting to save the world.
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 DVD : The Quatermass Experiment [1955]
Quatermass - Chapters 1 To 4 / The Conclusion
The plot of 'The Quatermass Experiment' is straightforward enough: Britain sends 3 men into space: 2 mysteriously disappear, and no. 3 (Victor Carroon) returns, very seriously ill. During the course of the film we watch helplessly as Carroon slowly transmutes into an alien monster.
Nigel Kneale's character Professor Bernard Quatermass was a beautifully written very English character, but unfortunately back in the 50s, film makers saw fit to cast all lead roles as American stereotypes.
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