Quatermass II

Quatermass II

Director: Val Guest, Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James

Cast: Val Guest, Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James

     
 

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Originally titled Quatermass II, Enemy from Space was the sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment (US title: The Creeping Unknown). Based on the British TV serial by Nigel Kneale (who reportedly disliked the finished product), the film stars Brian Donlevy, repeating the role of Professor Quatermass. This time, the good professor must contend

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Originally titled Quatermass II, Enemy from Space was the sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment (US title: The Creeping Unknown). Based on the British TV serial by Nigel Kneale (who reportedly disliked the finished product), the film stars Brian Donlevy, repeating the role of Professor Quatermass. This time, the good professor must contend with a "meteor shower" which turns out to be a secret alien invasion. The extraterrestrials arrive on earth in rocklike vehicles, then take over the minds and nervous systems of earthlings, the better to go about their business undetected. Subliminally a cruel satire of British bureaucracy and obfuscation, Enemy from Space also works on a pure-horror level, building slowly and methodically to a powerhouse finale. For many years a "lost" film due to legal tangles, Enemy from Space has recently become available again on video and cable TV.

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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Directed by Val Guest and based on Nigel Kneale's teleplay, Quatermass 2 is considered a science fiction classic, one of the two best movies in that genre to emerge from England in the 1950s, along with its predecessor, The Quatermass Xperiment. The first free-standing feature film to use the number "2" in its title, it was a surprisingly nasty and cold-blooded thriller with a serious message: the story takes place against a backdrop of mounting government secrecy, deeper than anything seen in England since the war, and comments on the ways that democratic governments increasingly felt compelled to act amidst the Cold War and the Red Scare. The movie is often compared to Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which was made at the time that Kneale wrote his original teleplay, but it goes deeper than that: the alien invasion of England, village by village, is depicted in grim enough terms, but Kneale and Guest focus on the ways that the invaders appropriate Cold War secrecy to their own ends, turning the government's policies against the country and the people. In that sense, Quatermass 2 has nearly as much in common with All the President's Men as with Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As in Alan J. Pakula's dramatization of the fall of Richard Nixon, the heroes are men who dare to speak up.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827152421
Original Release:
1957
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
19,746

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Donlevy Prof. Bernard Quatermass
John Longden Inspector Lomax
Sidney James Jimmy Hall
Bryan Forbes Marsh
William Franklyn Brand
Vera Day Sheila
Charles Lloyd Pack Dawson
Tom Chatto Broadhead
John Van Eyssen The P.R.O.
Percy Herbert Gorman
Michael Ripper Ernie
John Rae McLeod
Marianne Stone Secretary at Community Center
Jane Aird Mrs. McLeod
Lloyd Lamble Inspector
John Stuart Commissioner
Gilbert Davis Banker
Edwin Richfield Peterson
Howard Williams Michaels
Phillip Baird 1st Lab Assistant
John Fabian Intern
Arthur Blake Constable
Michael Balfour Harry
Michael Longden Actor
George Merritt Super
Jan Holden Young Girl

Technical Credits
Val Guest Director,Screenwriter
James Bernard Score Composer
Les Bowie Special Effects
Michael Carreras Executive Producer
Frank George Special Effects
Gerald Gibbs Cinematographer
Len Harris Camera Operator
Anthony Hinds Producer
Nigel Kneale Screenwriter
Phil Leakey Makeup
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Art Director
Bill Warrington Special Effects
Don Weeks Asst. Director

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