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  Encyclopedia: Quatermass and the Pit
Quatermass and the Pit is a British television science-fiction serial, the third of four in the famous Quatermass series by writer Nigel Kneale.
Quatermass and the Pit built on the already popular status of the Quatermass character and created a story that enthralled much of the television-watching public: for many years it was stated that the final episode famously "emptied the pubs" as enthusiastic viewers rushed home to watch.
Quatermass himself almost succumbs to the mass psychosis, attempting to kill Roney, who does not have the alien gene and is immune to the alien influence.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Quatermass-and-the-Pit   (7369 words)

 Quatermass and The Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Quatermass and The Pit (1958) was the third "Quatermass" television miniseries written by Nigel Kneale and directed for the BBC by Rudolph Cartier.
Meanwhile Quatermass researches the history of the town to reveal reports of witchcraft and paranormal activity dating back thousands of years, including sightings of ghosts walking through walls and of poltergeist happenings (objects moving on their own.): this had been responsible for the bad reputation of the area and its name of 'Hob End'.
Quatermass himself almost succumbs to the mass psychosis, but eventually comes to his senses and realises that the floating image is the source of the psychosis and psi powers.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/quatermass_and_the_pit   (1532 words)

 Encyclopedia: Quatermass and the Pit (film)
Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science-fiction / horror film, produced by the famous Hammer company and based on the 1958 BBC Television serial of the same name.
In contrast to Donlevy, Keir's performance as Quatermass has been very well-received down the years, and the film is generally felt to be the most faithful of the three cinematic adaptations, although it was not as commercially successful as its predecessors.
Quatermass and the Pit was the last Quatermass movie to be produced by Hammer, although after its release Kneale did pitch a storyline to the company for a further film written directly for the cinema.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Quatermass-and-the-Pit-%28film%29   (1256 words)

 Savant Review: Quatermass and the Pit
Quatermass and the Pit, Hammer Film's third adventure featuring the Bernard Quatermass character, is front-rank science fiction overflowing with ambitious concepts.
In a London subway excavation are found humanoid fossils and a buried emerald rocketship that logically lead Quatermass (Andrew Keir of Dracula, Prince of Darkness and Rob Roy) into an expanding circle of phenomena: Unexploded bombs, Nazi propaganda weapons, Poltergeist-style occultism, alien invasion, genetic manipulation, and demonic possession.
Soon Quatermass finds himself battling government and military bureaucrats over his theories about the mystery ship, which prove to be too disturbing for public acceptance: human evolution may be the result of the intervention of ancient alien visitors.
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 Video Review @ Stomp Tokyo - Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit was the last of Quatermass' cinematic adventures, and was based on a 1955 TV serial of the same name.
The interactions between Quatermass, the anal-retentive Col. Breen, and the unassuming Dr. Roney (James Donald) are terrific.
Quatermass and the Pit was recently re-released to video by Anchor Bay in a gorgeous widescreen print, but it's unlikely you'll find it for rent.
www.stomptokyo.com /movies/q/quatermass-and-the-pit.html   (738 words)

 Quatermass And The Pit
Quatermass is a professor who seems to get to called in by the Brits whenever there's some weird crap going on.
We then cut away to some government offices where we first see Quatermass, who is at this point engaged in an argument with an official about the addition of some straight-laced colonel to Quatermass's precious "rocket project team" or something.
Okay, Quatermass and this female assistant start to delve into the history of the area, Hobb's End, where all this crazy stuff is going on.
monsterhunter.coldfusionvideo.com /Quatermass.html   (1206 words)

 BBC Quatermass and the Pit - Background
Quatermass (Andre Morell) and Rony (Cec Linder) with
After Potter and Quatermass help to get the dead technician's body clear and before the charred body is laid down some distance away, a shot of the capsule interior should show that it is now alive, pulsing with light.
"QUATERMASS AND THE PIT" varies very little from Kneale's original plot, using whole pages of dialogue from the original television script at times, and was for many fans of Kneale's work an acceptable alternative for those who did not have access to the original serial.
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 Quatermass and the Pit
Instead, ‘Quatermass and the Pit' identifies itself within the sci-fi/horror boundaries and the structure of the scientific aspects to the story is rooted firmly in mankind's desire to substantiate and attest to its own existence while offering a theatrical explanation for those supernatural occurrences that have besieged history yet remain startlingly inexplicable.
However, it would be somewhat ludicrous to suggest that ‘Quatermass and the Pit' has accurately realised the truth behind humanity; instead it has given itself a base and a reality.
When considering the movie within the confines of itself and accepting the story as just a story, ‘Quatermass and the Pit' has successfully been able to attain its own veracity and this is the reason why the film is able to become great.
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 Scifilm -- Reviews, "Quatermass and the Pit" (1958)
"Quatermass and the Pit" is the third of three science fiction serials chronicling the adventures of Professor Bernard Quatermass produced by the BBC in the 1950s.
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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 Quatermass and The Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Written by Nigel Kneale and starring Andre Morell as Professor Bernard Quatermass it was an instant science fiction and horror classic that is cited for finally bringing respectability to what was formerly considered a "cheescake" genre.
Meanwhile Quatermass researches the history of the town to reveal reports of witchcraft and paranormal activity dating back thousands of years, including sightings of ghosts walking through walls and of polgergesit happenings (objects moving on their own.)
It uses material from the wikipedia article Quatermass and The Pit.
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 Quatermass And The Pit (1967)
Professor Quatermass and the Army are called in to investigate the remains of an ancient spacecraft that is unearthed during the
Quatermass to believe that there is more to the story than just a unknown Nazi weapon.
Quatermass determined that the vision is source of the signal and must be destroyed.
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 Quatermass And The Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Quatermass in the first two movies (The Quatermass Experiment and Quatermass 2) but Andrew Keir plays the role here, and is quite effective.
By the time Dr. Quatermass (Andrew Keir) arrives upon the scene, the workers have uncovered an alien spaceship and the strange insect-like creatures that apparently piloted it from another planet.
Quatermass deduces the strange creatures might have been ancient Martians and is worried about all the strange psychic phenomenon associated with this area.
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 DVD : Quatermass and the Pit/Quatermass 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
There's a terrific scene in "Five Million Years to Earth" aka "Quatermass and the Pit" with a bunch of "normal" guys using new-found psychic abilities to stone to death...
Quatermass II is the real gem here and the director commentary adds an extra dimension to the understanding of the fimmaker's vision for a story that is imaginative and well written.
I've found info on-line stating that Quatermass and the pit / Quatermass 2 is coming back in print on July 27th 2004.
www.morroccan.com /B0000W5H92/Quatermass_and_the_PitQuatermass_2.shtml   (302 words)

 Notherby's :: Quatermass and the Pit
Comment: Quatermass and the Pit is a genuinely great screenplay, one of the smartest sci-fi films ever written because it deals with interesting ideas rather than stock effects.
This is spite of the material being harder than diamonds, incredibly resistant to heat (even Quatermass seems to miss the fact that it absorbs heat, which should have been a warning), the intact buildings overhead, the unlikelyhood of something buried that deep ever being found (how did it get there??) and so forth.
Quatermass & Roney must use their minds, their reason, to face the monstrous threat, rather than surrendering to fear & superstition.
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 Quatermass and the Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Quatermass and the Pit (Pit) is one of a handful of TV programmes that have transcended their genre boundaries.
Pit is an archetypal tale of the battle between science and superstition, reason versus instinct.
Professor Quatermass, facing a Whitehall takeover of his Rocket Group, is enlisted for his advice and he soon deduces that the cylindrical object is not an unexploded WW II missile but something far older and stranger.
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 Quatermass and the Pit - www.webhorror.com reviews
This is a remake of a British television series entitled Quatermass and the Pit.
A little bit of detective work by Professor Quatermass and his assistant Barbara Judd (Barbara Shelley) turns up that the area of London that the object was discovered at, Hobbs Lane, has had a history of strange phenomena going back centuries.
Quatermass proposes that the object is an alien craft that has been buried for centuries, if not millennia, despite the military's insistence that it is a German dud.
www.webhorror.com /reviews/m_r/quatermass_pit/quatermass_pit.html   (600 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.
(They include the other Quatermass movies, THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, THE STONE TAPE, and others.) The original screenplay, which was written for the longer 1958 BBC serial "Quatermass and the Pit", is considered to be the first science fiction story to mix science and the occult.
www.scifilm.org /reviews/quatermasspit.html   (1620 words)

 Mappa.Mundi Magazine - Reviews - Quatermass and the Pit
Since Dr Quatermass, the hero of both the TV series and the movie, was unknown to American audiences, it was released in the USA as Five Million Years to Earth, where prospective viewers were wooed with a hilariously lurid trailer that is included on this DVD release.
Quatermass and Judd learn that the area has been considered to be evil and unholy since Roman times, and that rows of abandoned houses nearby were deserted decades earlier by inhabitants who claimed to see demons there.
Quatermass and another scientist investigating the phenomenon quickly note the similarity between the horned heads of the insect-aliens and the representations of devils and demons going all the way back to the cave painters.
mappa.mundi.net /reviews/review_004   (1293 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.
Quatermass himself is affected and attacks Roney who is “different.” The immune Roney destroys the evil emanating from the pit, sacrificing himself in the process.
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 Quatermass and the Pit - Hammer
Quatermass is upset because he, a pacifist who believes in peaceful scientific research, is going to have to work with the Colonel, who is going to help convert the Professor's rockets to military use, and who gleefully describes setting up ballistic missile bases on the moon and Mars within ten years.
Quatermass, taking a look at the area, learns from a policemen that the area has been abandoned for years - supposedly because it is haunted.
Quatermass states that the ship got a huge intake of energy and seems to be coming alive.
www.nigelkneale.cwc.net /Qpitmov.htm   (1459 words)

 Quatermass and The Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Quatermass and The Pit was a television miniseries directed for the BBC by Rudolph Carier in 1958.
This would explain the reports of poltergesits (people were unknowingly using their own telekenesis to move objects around them.) It would also explain a history of witchcraft and why people attributed it to a being they identified as the devil; the pentagram would have been the symbol for this alien race.
The powers over him ignore his warnings and as large media coverage of the ship arrives power is drawn out of their equipment and into the ship.
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 DVD Times - Quatermass and the Pit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Andrew Keir is much the best screen Quatermass and the only one to capture the avuncular side of the TV character as well as the off-hand selfishness.
Quatermass and the Pit has been released as part of Warner’s Hammer Horror Resurrected boxset.
I love Quatermass and the Pit, and I think I liked The Plague Of Zombies and To The Devil A Daughter, but the other three didn't make much of an impression.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=5919   (1978 words)

 Quatermass and the Pit and Hob Lane   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
An important thread which ran through the story was that the name of the site of the PIT was Hobs Lane, and that Hob was a medieval name for the Devil.
The Super-Pit announcement, Hob Lane and Quatermass, were discussed by the group at its next meeting, a week after the announcement.
So he saw the hobgoblins, and satyrs, and dragons of the Pit, according to that which is written, that He should discover deep things out of the darkness.
www.cv81pl.freeserve.co.uk /quatermass.htm   (1192 words)

 Quatermass and the Pit/Quatermass 2 DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Quatermass and the Pit/Quatermass 2 is rated NR (Not Rated)
There's a terrific scene in "Five Million Years to Earth" aka "Quatermass and the Pit" with a bunch of "normal" guys using new-found psychic abilities to stone to death another guy who's not one of them -- no dialogue, but true horror.
Quatermass is an impressive character, played by two different actors.
www.apexesources.com /dvd/013131268591   (414 words)

 fivemillion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The third entry, Quatermass and the Pit, [1958] is perhaps the most ambitious and imaginative of the three.
Quatermass, in the meantime, is battling government interference in his rocket group.
Quatermass and the Pit, a delight to watch, has aged very well.
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