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  Quatermass II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Quatermass II is a British television science-fiction serial, the second in the popular and influential Quatermass series written by Nigel Kneale.
As was usual at the time, Quatermass II was transmitted live from the BBC's Lime Grove Studios, with a certain amount of material pre-filmed on location and played into the live broadcasts as and when required.
As with all of the three 1950s Quatermass serials, Quatermass II was directed by Rudolph Cartier, the BBC's most esteemed director of the day, who worked with the writer Nigel Kneale on a variety of successful programmes during the decade.
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 Scifilm -- Reviews, "Quatermass and the Pit" (1958)
A fourth original Quatermass story was produced as a 4-hour serial by Euston Films and Thames Television in 1979, with John Mills as Professor Quatermass and direction by Piers Haggard—called simply "Quatermass".
Quatermass is in London for a conference at the War Office, where he is to meet with the Minister of Defense and colleagues on the future of the British Rocket Group, which Professor Quatermass founded and has directed since its inception.
Professor Quatermass is of course furious at this perversion of his Rocket Group, which he always intended for "peaceful scientific exploration." Unfortunately, the decision has been made, and one Colonel Breen (Anthony Bushell) has been assigned to join Professor Quatermass at the Rocket Group to oversee the transition to military authority (i.e.
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 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Quatermass II
It was first transmitted on BBC Television in the autumn of 1955, and is the first of the Quatermass serials to survive in its entirety in the BBC archives.
There were no other characters re-appearing from the first serial aside from Quatermass himself, although the character of Lomax may have been intended to feature, as Quatermass attempts to seek the policeman's help during the serial and is told he no longer works at Scotland Yard.
As before, the film rights to Quatermass II were bought by Hammer Films, who released the feature film version Quatermass 2 in 1957.
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 screenonline: Quatermass II (1955) Synopsis
Reluctantly, Quatermass leaves and wanders the rubble where a village, Winnerton Flats, was raised to clear the land for the plant.
Quatermass tells his daughter, Paula, who is dating Dillon, about Dillon's illness, but conceals the extent of his concerns.
Quatermass persuades Broadhead to get him on to the inquiry, where he discovers that the other members of the committee have the same mark on their faces...
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 Quatermass and the Pit Movie Review - BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM
Quatermass and the Pit was the third Quatermass movie released theatrically, and was in fact a remake of an earlier BBC miniseries version from the 50’s.
Quatermass and the Pit is the story that most explicitly reflects memories of the Blitz and the terror it inspired in a country that had barely had time to recover from the previous devastating war.
Quatermass and Roney do the usual experiments we see in old movies like this, full of machines that go ping and make woo-woo noises when their knobs are turned.
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 The Quatermass Conclusion
Quatermass was originally a series of three BBC series, The Quatermass Experiment, Quatermass II and Quatermass and the Pit.
Quatermass' grand-daughter has predictably become a planet person and is constantly passed by Quatermass on his journey throughout the countryside.
Quatermass decides to go back to where Kapp's family were killed, to make it seem as if there are many thousands of people there by simulating the smell, feel and sound of people.
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 Quatermass 2
Quatermass 2 (also known as Quatermass II) is a British science-fiction / horror film, produced by the famous Hammer company and released in 1957.
Kneale had been unhappy that he had been unable to work on the previous Quatermass film adaptation because of his BBC staff contract: however, in 1956 he had left the staff of the Corporation to become a freelance writer, which enabled him to work on the film.
Quatermass 2 is generally regarded by fans and critics as the least successful of Hammer's three film adaptations of the serials.
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 Quatermass
Their return was The Quatermass Experiment, (1953) an eerie and sessational story about a professorial scientist of that surname whose experimental spaceship returns to earth with its sole surviving occupant contaminated by an alien virus which subsequently transmuted him into a 100-foot vegetable.
Quatermass II (1955) was a creepy alien invasion story set around a sinsister chemical plant in a remote part of the country.
The third series, Quatermass and the Pit (1959) was a dark, cabalistic tale of the excavation of an ancient alien-insect capsule in Knightsbridge, London from which an evil influence still exudes.
www.whirligig-tv.co.uk /tv/adults/quatermass/quatermass.htm   (196 words)

  
 kamera.co.uk - film review - The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass II - Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass II By Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc
Quatermass II similarly started life as a BBC television series and, following the success of its predecessor, Hammer bought the rights, and this time asked Nigel Kneale, the series' creator, to write the screenplay.
Quatermass II is a far more expansive (and expensive) project than its predecessor, and Donlevy's bombastic style is less conspicuous this time around.
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 Quatermass
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.
As with Quatermass II, it seems to be the quality of the Emitron studio cameras that really causes problems, with the same visible problems with large areas of fl and white shading and very vignetted images.
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 HammerWeb Archive: Quatermass II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Professor Bernard Quatermass, an interplanetary research scientist, is returning to his observatory when his car is almost hit by a vehicle carrying a young man mysteriously injured by a strange object which fell from the sky.
Accompanied by Quatermass and Lomax, the workers, in a rebellious mood, break into the plant and the final battle with the intruders from another world begins.
Again authored by Nigel Kneale, Quatermass II was broadcast in six weekly parts between 22 October and 26 November 1955.
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 Television Heaven
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.
Nevertheless, Quatermass II's darkly sinister and atmospheric tale of alien body snatchers was deemed a success, spawning a second Hammer film version (aka Enemy From Space) in 1957, once again with Brian Donlevy in the lead role.
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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 Scifilm -- Reviews, QUATERMASS 2 (1957)
A lot of them are bullish, clumsy oafs who made it to their position in life (such as Quatermass' position as Director of Rocket Division) by sheer bluster and a certain amount of cunning acumen in their field.
Shortly before Quatermass' arrival, several of his subordinates at the Rocket group detect a large pattern of meteors falling to Earth in an abnormally slow manner.
QUATERMASS 2 is probably my least favorite of all the Quatermass films, but that's like offering me peach pie, cherry pie, and apple pie and asking me to choose my least favorite.
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 Enemy from Space
Quatermass has just come from London, where he was futilely pleading with Parliament for the continued funding of his project, the design and construction of a prototype lunar colony complex, and the fleet of rockets necessary to carry it up to the moon.
Quatermass has too much on his mind to be interested in the funny blips Brand and Marsh got on their radar screens, at least until Brand mentions where they seem to have landed— somewhere in the countryside around Winterdon Flats.
Quatermass picked the right time to come see Broadhead, too, because the MP has just received his pass from the security service authorizing him to visit the mysterious plant, and he arranges for Quatermass to accompany him when he goes for his tour of the place.
www.1000misspenthours.com /reviews/reviewsa-d/enemyfromspace.htm   (1700 words)

  
 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.
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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.
Quatermass and the Pit was the final Quatermass serial to be broadcast by the BBC, although the character did return one final time over twenty years later in 1979, with a serial simply entitled Quatermass for ITV.
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 BBC - Cult - Classic TV - Quatermass II Reviews
Quatermass attends a tribunal about the meteorites, where all of the government types have 'The Mark' on their faces.
Quatermass and the Pit was an early triumph of the BBC.
Though Quatermass versus the gremlins in the underground is miles better, the parochial charm of this British great grandaddy of Sci-Fi is overwhelming.
www.bbc.co.uk /cult/classic/quatermass/reviews.shtml   (398 words)

  
 The Quatermass Trilogy - A Controlled Paranoia
Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) is involved in a road accident with a young couple and the man appears to have been affected by a meteorite that fell from the sky.
Quatermass deduces that the arthropods are Martians who performed selective breeding on Earth hominids to increase their intelligence, changing the course to evolution to produce Homo sapiens and thereby colonizing the Earth by proxy.
In The Quatermass Xperiment there is the physiological deterioration of Carroon whose arm resembles an exfoliating cancer, the gelatinous remains of the missing crew members, the slime the creature leaves in its wake and the deformed bodies of those humans and animals it has drained of life resembling victims of atomic radiation.
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 Quatermass II - The Episode Guide Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Quatermass also discovers that several officials involved in an inquiry about the crash have also been scarred.
Quatermass must get back into the crash site – a chemical plant – and now has to trick his way, one of the men with him, Ward is killed after being covered in some bizarre synthetic food substance.
Quatermass organizes a deputation of local villagers to march on the plant once there he discovers a huge alien growing inside one of the food storage domes.
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 Quatermass II - Moviefone
Quatermass 2 (1957) Quatermass II: Enemy from Space (USA) Runtime: 85 min Country: UK...
As before, the film rights to Quatermass II were bought by Hammer Films,...
Quatermass II - Cast & Crew, movie showtimes, plot, synopsis, exclusive features, trailers, clips, theater listings, reviews, message boards, dvd, videos, rentals and more on Moviefone.
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 The Quatermass Trilogy
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.
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 The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
Quatermass realizes that Carroon has been taken over by an alien energy being that has no form and absorbs everything it touches into its mass.
It also allows the scale of the story to be expanded somewhat - the teleplay climaxed with Quatermass talking to the monster and convincing the devoured astronauts inside to assert themselves, while the film mounts a much more pyrotechnic climax with Quatermass incinerating the creature by electrifying workman's scaffolds in Westminster Abbey.
Quatermass II The Abominable Snowman (1957) adapted from
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 Amazon.co.uk: The Quatermass Collection - The Quatermass Experiment / Quatermass 2 / Quatermass And The Pit: DVD: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
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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 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.
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 Ultimate AV: Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years to Earth)
Quatermass and the Pit---originally released in the US as Five Million Years to Earth---was the belated third installment in British film studio Hammer's justly acclaimed Quatermass sci-fi trilogy.
Quatermass believes the craft to be part of a five-million-year-old Martian colonizing force unknown to modern history, which is nonetheless encased in our racial memory as the horned devil of age-old superstition.
The ensuing collision between ancient folklore and modern science is complicated by Quatermass' own struggles with the maddening blindness of bureaucracy, personified by an especially unimaginative Army colonel (Julian Glover).
www.guidetohometheater.com /news/10415/index.html   (475 words)

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