Quatermass Trilogy

Mike / February 18th, 2012

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  • Darkhyrulelord

    February 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Haven’t heard about these movies until now. They don’t sound bad for their time period. Might be worth a watch.

  • OldInsight

    February 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    For all you blu-ray fans out there, the third film (Quatermass and the Pit) has been released in the UK and the restoration is gorgeous.

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Quatermass-and-the-Pit-Blu-ray/24446/#Review

  • DonSkiver

    February 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Interesting stuff. I may give them a watch at some point in time. Thanks, James.

  • OldInsight

    February 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Quatermass and the Pit has been given a fantastic restoration for it’s blu-ray release. Just wish they’d release the first and the second film as well.

    Some images from the blu-ray, gorgeous stuff.

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/screenshot.php?movieid=24446&position=1

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/screenshot.php?movieid=24446&position=10

  • Radelta

    February 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Havent heard of these movies either, but thats not surprising ive really been meaning to catch up on hammer films since i hear such cool stuff about them. i wish they were easier to find on my friends netflix thats saved into my ps3, but you can only search titles. kinda sucks

  • Radelta

    February 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Havent heard of these movies either, but thats not surprising ive really been meaning to catch up on hammer films since i hear such cool stuff about them. i wish they were easier to find on my friends netflix thats saved into my ps3, but you can only search titles. kinda sucks

  • February 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Interesting film…

  • Fracassi

    February 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Never seen or heard of this or the original series. I will have to check this out. BTW, the newest Hammer film is really good. It’s like Silent Hill the game, in that it really keeps you tense and nervous throughout.

  • statueofmike

    February 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The first Quatermass sounds kind of like The Astronaut’s Wife. (but less boring)

  • waldfield

    February 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    “2001: A Space Odyssey is not very strong on narrative structure,” said James Rolfe as his credibility exploded and died.

    • Shadowtheman

      February 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      @waldfield Theres a difference between Narrative structurer and Narrative artsie fartsy philosophical symbolic mellow drama.

      2001: A space Odyssey was one of those existential shows that focused on meanings more than direct plot.

    • metalcommand

      February 19, 2012 at 2:53 am

      @waldfield No one tells you in the movie what the hell is going on, especially the end.

    • fratzenjeballer

      February 19, 2012 at 4:55 am

      @waldfield I think James got it right on the point there. 2001 is one hell of a great movie but at a surtain point it make just no sense. I mean ok you can interpret all kind of things in the movie but thats what “not strong on narrative structure” is. This is btw typical for Kubrick’s movies and i say this as a fan of him.

      • February 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

        @fratzenjeballer 2001 is a fantastic movie with a pretty definitive story. I saw the movie years ago and thought that I was pretty sure about what was going on. Years later I read the story of the novels that the movie is based off of. As it turns out, there is no ambiguity to the story in the novel, and what I had thought about the plot was true. I refuse to give spoilers, but it’s really not that artsy fartsy, it’s really not philosophical (at least not in the way people imply it is), and it’s really not existential (at least not in the way people imply that it is.) Really, it’s science fiction, and whenever I watch the movie now, It’s quite simple of a story, and I love that it doesn’t draw a simple arrow to the answer and say “this is this.” If an event like the one in the movie happened, a person wouldn’t say to the audience: “Oh, well obviously this is what is happening.” It’s kind of like they took a story, told it correctly, but removed the narrator, and I understand how someone could say that that is poor narrative structure, but I don’t think so. I feel like it’s fantastically vague, and I appreciate that. At least that how I feel about it.

      • metalcommand

        February 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

        @JATHE_Tommy@fratzenjeballer So going through a trippy vortex, ending up in a room where weird shit is going on, following a giant fetus that comes closer and closer to the earth is ‘definitive’?

      • February 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

        @metalcommand @fratzenjeballer Yup.

      • metalcommand

        February 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

        @JATHE_Tommy @fratzenjeballer I know what the ‘true’ meaning of it is, but if you’ve never read the novell and without internet, you wouldn’t have guessed what it really means. So yeah……

      • February 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        @metalcommand @fratzenjeballer Well yeah, that is partly true. For a long time I had a pretty sure understanding of what the story was about, but there were specific things that I wasn’t aware of until later. But I hate to lay that on bad story telling. That just seems wrong and unfair. I’m not even a Kubrick fan. I love that the writing and storytelling just doesn’t even attempt to talk down to people or sugarcoat things, which is the basis of failure for most science-fiction movies. And it drives me crazy when people turn it into this pretentious thing about how “trippy” it is and the dumb ways people force meanings onto it. One I’ve heard many times is the idea that 2001 is a story that promotes religion, even though Arthur C. Clarke was an atheist. But I don’t know. I know arguing is silly, but it just bugs me. It’s such a well made movie, and I hate that people either just write it off as one thing or the other. It’s either railed against or loved for dumb reasons. but that in itself sounds pretentious, so I’ll just stop.

      • metalcommand

        February 21, 2012 at 1:15 am

        @JATHE_Tommy@fratzenjeballer Who says it’s a bad thing that the movie isn’t really that narrative? I think that’s a positive thing, something that makes 2001 such a special movie.

      • February 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        @metalcommand @fratzenjeballer Yeah I like how loosely the vignettes are held together with each other. I guess technically “vignette” is not the right word, but I think I know what you’re saying.

  • markfilmjunkie

    February 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    review the x files

  • markfilmjunkie

    February 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    review the x files

  • BreanStilz

    February 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Be sure to check out the original TV shows (the first is incomplete due to missing recordings) and the radio drama to get the full story. Quatermass IV only exists as a series from the late 70′s. Brilliant, eerie end to the series.

  • kingofthecloset

    February 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I had a horror movie history course and we never touched on the hammer films, let alone the quatermass trilogy. Should’ve saved my $, I’ve learned so much more through Cinemassacre.

  • WesBenash

    February 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    James watched the films, but unbelievably has completely missed what they are really about. It’s not all aliens and special effects.

    • metalcommand

      February 19, 2012 at 2:52 am

      @WesBenash He tells what they are all about halfway through the video. It’s about standing up instead of joining in or something like that.

      • WesBenash

        February 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

        @metalcommand @WesBenash Not quite. These movies fall into what I like to call “Cold War Cinema.” Basically, they’re all allegories for the Red Scare, the bomb, McCarthyism, that sort of stuff.

      • BreanStilz

        February 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        @WesBenash @metalcommand But the second Red Scare was all about people afraid to stand up and say something was wrong while others were persecuted.

  • SouLDraGooN44

    February 19, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Holy crap. Years and years ago, I remember seeing the locust marching scene and it scaring in the living hell out of me. God to finally know what movie its from.

  • Doogrisa

    February 19, 2012 at 3:13 am

    I wonder if James ever gets mentioned on the spike channel?

  • February 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I’ve heard of all three films before, but that may be because I’m in the UK and I like horror films. I haven’t seen them but might have to give them a try.

    And what’s wrong with The Wasp Woman? Again I haven’t seen it but it sounds like the kind of crap I might be interested in.

  • February 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Awesome. I’ve always wanted to see these. Will probably seek them out now. At least the first two. Also, I’ve had three DVD’s with the Wasp Woman thrown on it, which is three too many. One time I borrowed a DVD of Dementia 13, then realized it was already randomly thrown on something else I own. Damn public domain movies.

  • February 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Fuck! I can’t watch it! There’s a little text box telling me to update my Flash Player, fuck that.

    • PDL

      February 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Update that shit! @Nuketehbomb

      • February 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

        @PDL It’s not letting me!

      • malice936

        February 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

        @Nuketehbomb maybe you need to clear out your registries ccleaner is pretty good for that but its just a suggestion

      • Wizzrobe99

        February 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        @PDL@Nuketehbomb Nice spiteful crow avatar!

      • February 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        @Wizzrobe99 @PDL Thanks, but it’s not spiteful crow, it’s Viral from the animated series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward”.

      • PDL

        February 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        @Wizzrobe99 thanks :)

      • PDL

        February 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        @Wizzrobe99 thanks :)

  • malice936

    February 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    im soooo gonna have to watch these now ^.^

  • horrorscifigamefilmguy

    February 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    damn it James forgot the original Quatermass and the Pit it was SOOOOOOOO much better than the remake of it.

  • BreanStilz

    February 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I don’t think James came at Quatermass and the Pit from the right angle. That movie was not a product of the “trippy” 60′s drug scene. The original TV series was written in the mid to late 50′s by Nigel Kneale. The material has nothing to do with drugs or any sort of freak outs of the period; it has to do with race memories, the dangers of nationalism. eugenics and the Holocaust. Nigel Kneale just happens to be a phenomenal writer whose material was way, way, wayyyy before its time. The aliens in the story are not turning people evil, they are SPOILERS reprogramming humans, which they manipulated earlier on in Earth’s history into being susceptible hosts for the Martians. The humans going amok were picking up on the Martian signal to destroy the weak and uncontrolled psyches of regular people, which is what the Martians did on their homeworld to maintain their society. Thus the Martians are space Nazis. END SPOILERS. I understand the need for brevity, but instead of talking about 2001 or The Wasp Woman, I really wish James would have spoken about Kneale. Perhaps he just wasn’t aware of the man, which is fine, but the matter deserves more than a passing B-movie glance. Kneale is the sole reason the series is what it is and he deserves wide exposure. His writing is timelessly relevant and intelligent, perhaps the most intelligent TV and movie writer to come out of the 50′s and 60′s sci-fi boom. Another thing James skipped over was that the Quatermass series has a strong Lovecraftian tinge, and that influence leaks to other works of his, too. If you like Kneale’s Quatermass, check out The Stone Tape for a really mindblowing Lovecraftian take on the classic haunted castle/ghost story. James also should have mentioned that Quatermass has a huge influence on later works of horror: John Carpenter even wrote a screenplay under the name Martin Quatermass!

  • BreanStilz

    February 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t think James came at Quatermass and the Pit from the right angle. That movie was not a product of the “trippy” 60′s drug scene. The original TV series was written in the mid to late 50′s by Nigel Kneale. The material has nothing to do with drugs or any sort of freak outs of the period; it has to do with race memories, the dangers of nationalism, eugenics, and the Holocaust. Nigel Kneale just happens to be a phenomenal writer whose material was way, way, wayyyy before its time. The aliens in the story are not turning people evil, they are SPOILERS reprogramming humans, which they manipulated earlier on in Earth’s history into being susceptible hosts for the Martians. The humans going amok were picking up on the Martian signal to destroy the weak and uncontrolled psyches of regular people, which is what the Martians did on their homeworld to maintain their society. Thus the Martians are space Nazis. END SPOILERS. I understand the need for brevity, but instead of talking about 2001 or The Wasp Woman, I really wish James would have spoken about Kneale. Perhaps he just wasn’t aware of the man, which is fine, but the matter deserves more than a passing B-movie glance. Kneale is the sole reason the series is what it is and he deserves wide exposure. His writing is timelessly relevant and intelligent, perhaps the most intelligent TV and movie writer to come out of the 50′s and 60′s sci-fi boom. Another thing James skipped over was that the Quatermass series has a strong Lovecraftian tinge, and that influence leaks to other works of his, too. If you like Kneale’s Quatermass, check out The Stone Tape for a really mindblowing Lovecraftian take on the classic haunted castle/ghost story. James also should have mentioned that Quatermass has a huge influence on later works of horror: John Carpenter even wrote a screenplay under the name Martin Quatermass!

  • BreanStilz

    February 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t think James came at Quatermass and the Pit from the right angle. That movie was not a product of the “trippy” 60′s drug scene. The original Quatermass material was written in the 50′s by Nigel Kneale. The material for QATP has nothing to do with drugs or any sort of freak outs of the period; it has to do with race memories, the dangers of nationalism. eugenics and the Holocaust. Nigel Kneale just happens to be a phenomenal writer whose material was way, way, wayyyy before its time. The aliens in the story are not turning people evil, they are SPOILERS reprogramming humans, which they manipulated earlier on in Earth’s history into being susceptible hosts for the Martians. The humans going amok were picking up on the Martian signal to destroy the weak and uncontrolled psyches of regular people, which is what the Martians did on their homeworld to maintain their society. Thus the Martians are space Nazis. END SPOILERS. I understand the need for brevity, but instead of talking about 2001 or The Wasp Woman, I really wish James would have spoken about Kneale. Perhaps he just wasn’t aware of the man, which is fine, but the matter deserves more than a passing B-movie glance. Kneale is the sole reason the series is what it is and he deserves wide exposure. His writing is timelessly relevant and intelligent, perhaps the most intelligent TV and movie writer to come out of the 50′s and 60′s sci-fi boom. Another thing James skipped over was that the Quatermass series has a strong Lovecraftian tinge, and that influence leaks to other works of his, too. If you like Kneale’s Quatermass, check out The Stone Tape for a really mindblowing Lovecraftian take on the classic haunted castle/ghost story. James also should have mentioned that Quatermass has a huge influence on later works of horror: John Carpenter even wrote a screenplay under the name Martin Quatermass!

  • BreanStilz

    February 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t think James came at Quatermass and the Pit from the right angle. That movie was not a product of the “trippy” 60′s drug scene. The original Quatermass material was written in the 50′s by Nigel Kneale. The material for QATP has nothing to do with drugs or any sort of freak outs of the period; it has to do with race memories, the dangers of nationalism, eugenics, and the Holocaust. Nigel Kneale just happens to be a phenomenal writer whose material was way, way, wayyyy before its time. The aliens in the story are not turning people evil, they are SPOILERS reprogramming humans, which they manipulated earlier on in Earth’s history into being susceptible hosts for the Martians. The humans going amok were picking up on the Martian signal to destroy the weak and uncontrolled psyches of regular people, which is what the Martians did on their homeworld to maintain their society. Thus the Martians are space Nazis. END SPOILERS. I understand the need for brevity, but instead of talking about 2001 or The Wasp Woman, I really wish James would have spoken about Kneale. Perhaps he just wasn’t aware of the man, which is fine, but the matter deserves more than a passing B-movie glance. Kneale is the sole reason the series is what it is and he deserves wide exposure. His writing is timelessly relevant and intelligent, perhaps the most intelligent TV and movie writer to come out of the 50′s and 60′s sci-fi boom. Another thing James skipped over was that the Quatermass series has a strong Lovecraftian tinge, and that influence leaks to other works of his, too. If you like Kneale’s Quatermass, check out The Stone Tape for a really mindblowing Lovecraftian take on the classic haunted castle/ghost story. James also should have mentioned that Quatermass has a huge influence on later works of horror: John Carpenter even wrote a screenplay under the name Martin Quatermass!

  • Wizzrobe99

    February 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    As a fan of old movies, these 3 look awesome! I’ll definitely have to check them out sometime in the near future.

  • Strazdas

    February 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Well this is certainly worth a watch. sounds like my type of movie. also kudos for flamin 2001.

    • rhymebomb

      February 22, 2012 at 2:30 am

      @Strazdas

      i’m sorry, i missed that part. did that come before or after he said 2001 was a great movie?

      • Strazdas

        February 22, 2012 at 5:56 am

        @rhymebomb He never said so in this review.

      • rhymebomb

        February 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        @Strazdas are you sure about that? you might wanna give it another watch, big guy. maybe around the 7 minute mark.

      • Slam Tackle

        February 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

        @rhymebomb @Strazdas 7:10 “Great movie, but not very strong in narrative structure”. Did you even watch the video with sound or did you just look at the images and assume he might be bashing it?

  • shintokamikaze

    February 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    i loved the pit as a kid, it was allways on late night tv in the 80s, i never knew it was a trilogly, my father used to talk about the tv show, he was a big fan

  • February 21, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Vary intresting triligy. and the box sets I noticed, had individual sleeves for the disks. much like the design and distribution for “the greatest american hero”

  • caiobarros

    February 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Wow, I recognized Brian Donlevy from “Hangmen Also Die!” by Frtiz Lang with screenplay by Bertold Brecht and music by Hanns Eisler O_O

  • caiobarros

    February 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wow, I recognized Brian Donlevy from “Hangmen Also Die!” by Fritz Lang with screenplay by Bertold Brecht and music by Hanns Eisler O_O

  • rhymebomb

    February 22, 2012 at 2:33 am

    i’m sure it’s been mentioned before, but if any of you are curious about 2001: A Space Odyssey (considering james keeps referencing it) i highly suggest reading the book. the movie was great, but the book (and its sequels) go into a lot more detail about what was really going on. it’s a truly incredible story told by the master of “hard” science fiction.

    • Trojan_Reggae

      February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

      @rhymebomb 2001, 2010 and 2061 were good. I liked the characters better in the novels than their film counterparts. However, 3001 was unreadable for me. It couldn’t keep my attention. For ‘scope of vision’ no one can beat Frank Herbert. The original 6 books in the Dune series were incredible.

  • Trojan_Reggae

    February 23, 2012 at 7:26 am

    You can tell flashplayer to update dees nuts

  • Benty666

    February 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I have to be honest. I saw Quatermass and the Pit when I was young and it scared the crap outta me. Not sure why but there was a part towards the end and it just stuck with me. I never knew there were 2 others. I’ve got to watch these

  • MarianRodu

    March 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I can’t see this in my location……Boy I hate stuff like this!!

    • Usernametaken

      March 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

       @MarianRodu I agree. This is the first video from this site that’s done this to me. Oh well. I’ll just pick another one I guess.

  • KevinSenger

    March 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Cant watch it in germany, fuck this…

  • uviol

    March 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    you know what’s bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!! region lockout on web videos.
     

    • MarianRodu

      March 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

       @uviol Well said sir, well said!

  • John_Acey

    April 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Seriously. Why country restrictions.. huh? Is it cuz of some copyright material? The films are being reviewed in parody means.. it’s shud not be anything to do with copyright. James, don’t use Spike.. unless they ”fix” this. It harms your fanboys.. :( which I’m included.

  • MJ

    April 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Yup. I agree with John_Acey, Usernametaken, MarianRodu, uviol, KevinSenger, and probably many more fans who don’t have an account here. Don’t use region lockouts. Let the whole world admire your work, James.

  • Razzeh

    May 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I would love to watch this, but, as the nice people above me noticed, the whole of Europe is apparently looked down upon by Spike.TV, thus I’m out of luck. Too bad.

  • Irrediate

    May 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I can’t watch this video on Spike.com anymore. It’s unavailable.
    Is it possible for you to upload it to Blip or Youtube or something?

  • Billy Mitchell

    January 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    The quatermass and the pit version he has on this is not the original it is the remake the original was a 4 part serial black and white version. It had a much more complex story.

  • July 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    This video isn’t working…says, “stream not found”. :(

  • January 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    can you do a move review on history moves like ww2 about hitler and outher things like that also i know wher to get $5 movies at its in tenn at a flea market.

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Nice review James! I’m surprised I found this a year later

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