Moving away from the established ideals of the first two Hammer Quatermass films, 1967’s Quatermass and the Pit has much to praise. Part of this is most definitely down to the change in director to Hammer regular Roy Wood Baker who creates an interestingly claustrophobic London. While excavating renovation for Hobb’s End Tube station, workman come across what appears to be an unexploded bomb. Upon … Continue reading Quatermass and the Pit – Roy Ward Baker (1967)
Still reeling from the massive success of Cold War infused science fiction, Hammer films clearly saw a gap in the market for a British flavoured take on the paranoid happenings around space travel and nuclear weapons. Adapting Nigel Kneale’s original BBC Quatermass series is an absolute masterstroke by Hammer producer Anthony Hinds and it can be argued that the success of this one film lead … Continue reading The Quatermass Xperiment – Val Guest (1955)
Unlike the guide to vintage horror published previously, Science Fiction film is in a far better state of affairs than Horror. Modern Sci-Fi is still as strong as it ever was with at least two decent films in genre being a released every year. With Horror, to enjoy the genre in its full, viewing vintage Horror is absolutely vital. Here vintage Sci-Fi is different. We … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Vintage Sci-Fi 1906 – 1960.