Episode #019 – Quatermass II

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hungry? How about some of that so-called “synthetic food” being whipped up at Winnerden Flats? Tell you what – you go on ahead and get something to eat while the Down Placers settle into a discussion of 1957’s Quatermass II (dir. Val Guest). The film, also known as Enemy from Space, features the return of Quatermass played by Brian Donlevy. Tapping into a number of unspoken fears of the time, the film still works today . . . and has the Down Placers fearful of one of their own.

SPOILER ALERT! We spoil this movie . . . you’ve been warned.

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Works Cited

  • Hallenbeck, Bruce G., and John McCarty. “Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass Phenomenon.” Little Shoppe of Horrors. Dec 1982: 19-31.
  • Hearn, Marcus. Hammer Glamour. London: Titan Books, 2009. Print.
  • Hearn, Marcus, and Alan Barnes. The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films. Revised. London: Titan Books, 2007.
  • Meikle, Denis. A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2009.
  • Pirie, David. A New Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema. New York, NY: I. B. Tauris, 2008.
  • “Quatermass II: Enemy From Space (1957) – IMDB.” The Internet Movie Database.
  • Quatermass 2. Dir. Val Guest. Perf. Brian Donlevy, John Longden. Starz / Anchor Bay, 2000. DVD.
  • Quatermass 2 (DVD Commentary). Dir. Val Guest. Perf. Brian Donlevy, John Longden. Starz / Anchor Bay, 2000. DVD.

(Some production music produced by Kevin MacLeod.)

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