Quatermass and the Pit

A mysterious artifact is unearthed from an excavation site.

 

United Kingdom
1967
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Earthquake
Explosion
Fire
Infected: 
Host
4
Space out...
6
4
6
5.04
1
2
2
Photography
Pace
Plot
Until now, the Quatermass Xperiment franchise was comprised of a TV series, two TV mini-series and two feature films. Quatermass and the Pit AKA Five Million Years to Earth is the third one. It is loyal to its legacy. It is a scientific and military procedural involving a supernatural mystery that revolves around an alien artifact found in an excavation site.
The downside of a militaristic plot is that we don’t care about the protagonists. Professor Bernard Quatermass is just as monotone. Ultimately, the stiffness that played against the previous installments hinders this sequel just as much. If this film was more about the working class and the average Joe, we might have a more compelling and scarier story. We would at least feel more involved.
Being a 1970s Hammer production, this film is classy, talkative and slow. It contains superior set design, has high standards when it comes to acting performances, dialogue and, well, it’s in color. Some special effects work better than others. Some are extremely convincing; others, like the alien creatures, are a complete failure. We don't buy their design for a second.
Alternate Titles: 
Five Million Years to Earth
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