Professor Bernard Quatermass really has done a lot in terms of fighting of aliens. In 1955 BBC aired a 5 part mini-series entitled Quatermass 2. Well just like before the fantastic folks at Hammer Studios adapted it into a feature film in 1957. Just a quick recap, Quatermass is a British Scientist who leads the British Experimental Rocket Group who are trying to colonize other planets. He’s like a super intelligent James Bond meets Indian Jones character. In fact if you watch the original mini series’ you can see the heavy influence of American serials. Hammer has taken this and condensed it into a tight Science Fiction film, with that Hammer touch or horror thrown in.
Quatermass 2 focuses on Pro Quatermass working on a moon colonization base. He suddenly finds his funding cut but before he has time to wallow he learns of a small village in Winnerden Flats that has been the location of tons of meteor crashes. He heads out and finds a huge base being built that looks identical to the plans of his moon base. His colleague Marsh decides to poke around a bit and finds what appears to be a meteorite. He goes to touch it but it opens and spays him with some type of gas that imprints a “V” mark on his head. Before Quatermass can check Marsh out the security guards come and take Marsh away and throw Quatermass out for trespassing.
As Quatermass is smart he simply schedules a tour of the complex with another group of people. He is told the building is actually going to be an artificial food processing plant. He doesn’t really believe that so he slips away, and after almost being killed when discovered by the guards after finding Marsh covered in goo in a chamber he knows this plant is not on the up and up. He tells the police inspector that the facility is being used to house aliens. They go to tell the chief but Quatermass sees he has the same “V” imprint that Marsh got when he stumbled upon the meteor. He soon comes to find out the aliens now control the entire government and more are on the way.
Another fantastic entry in the Quatermass series. I’m really surprised how much I am enjoying these as I’m by no means a science fiction guy, I don’t know if it’s the great acting, or amazing score from Hammer that draws me to them but they are just fantastic. I really like how the adventure parts are so much like the old serials of which I am a huge fan of. These films are much deeper in though than the US ones of this time but these are also just loads of fun.
Scream Factory has done another masterful job bringing this old classic back to life with a beautiful Blu-ray transfer. The picture is crisp and vibrant. It looks new, even though its black and white. The audio, especially the score sounds fantastic. They even pulled out all the stops once again in terms of special features.
· NEW 2K Scan Of A Pristine Archival Film Print
·NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker/Film Historian Ted Newsom
NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
·NEW Interview With Academy Award-Winning Special Effects Artist Brian Johnson (Alien)
·NEW Interview With Assistant Director Hugh Harlow
· Vintage Interview With Director Val Guest
· Audio Commentary With Director Val Guest And Writer Nigel Kneale
· World Of Hammer – Sci-Fi
· U.S. Theatrical Trailer – ENEMY OF SPACE
· Still Gallery
Once again this is, from top to bottom another fantastic Quatermass film in terms of acting, effects, and storyline. Scream Factory has restored it immaculately and for fans of Sci-fi, and fans of just fun movies in general it’s a must own.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!