SITEMAP
FRANKENSTEIN SERIES:
CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
CURSE LOBBY CARDS
CURSE POSTERS
CURSE PHOTOS
REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN
REVENGE LOBBY CARDS
REVENGE POSTERS
THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN
EVIL LOBBY CARDS
EVIL POSTERS
FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN
CREATED WOMAN LOBBY CARDS
CREATED WOMAN POSTERS
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED
DESTROYED LOBBY CARDS
DESTROYED POSTERS
HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN
HORROR LOBBY CARDS
HORROR POSTERS
FRANKENSTEIN & MONSTER-HELL
FROM HELL POSTERS
TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN
HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN PHOTOS

DRACULA SERIES:
HORROR OF DRACULA
DRACULA LOBBY CARDS
DRACULA POSTERS
DRACULA PHOTOS
BRIDES OF DRACULA
BRIDES LOBBY CARDS
BRIDES POSTERS
DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS
DARKNESS LOBBY CARDS
DARKNESS POSTERS
DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE
RISEN LOBBY CARDS
RISEN POSTERS
TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA
TASTE LOBBY CARDS
TASTE POSTERS
SCARS OF DRACULA
SCARS LOBBY CARDS
SCARS POSTERS
DRACULA AD 1972
AD 72 POSTERS
SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA
RITES LOBBY CARDS
RITES POSTERS
LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES
GOLDEN VAMPIRES LOBBY CARDS
GOLDEN VAMPIRES POSTERS
HAMMER DRACULA PHOTOS

WEREWOLF JEKYLL-HYDE:
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF
WEREWOLF LOBBY CARDS
WEREWOLF POSTERS
CURSE OF WEREWOLF PHOTOS
2 FACES OF DR. JEKYLL
HOUSE OF FRIGHT LOBBY CARDS
JEKYLL POSTERS
DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE
SISTER HYDE LOBBY CARDS
SISTER HYDE POSTERS

MUMMY SERIES:
THE MUMMY
MUMMY LOBBY CARDS
MUMMY POSTERS
CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB
MUMMY'S TOMB LOBBY CARDS
MUMMY'S TOMB POSTERS
THE MUMMY'S SHROUD
SHROUD LOBBY CARDS
SHROUD POSTERS
BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB
BLOOD FROM LOBBY CARDS
BLOOD FROM POSTERS
MUMMY MOVIE PHOTOS

VAMPIRE FILMS:
KISS OF THE VAMPIRE
KISS LOBBY CARDS
KISS POSTERS
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
LOVERS LOBBY CARDS
LOVERS POSTERS
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE
LUST LOBBY CARDS
LUST POSTERS
TWINS OF EVIL
TWINS LOBBY CARDS
TWINS POSTERS
VAMPIRE CIRCUS
CIRCUS LOBBY CARDS
CIRCUS POSTERS
CAPT. KRONOS, VAMPIRE HUNTER
KRONOS POSTERS
COUNTESS DRACULA
COUNTESS LOBBY CARDS
COUNTESS POSTERS
VAMPIRE MOVIE PHOTOS

HAMMER HORROR:
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
PHANTOM LOBBY CARDS
PHANTOM POSTERS
THE REPTILE
REPTILE LOBBY CARDS
REPTILE POSTERS
THE GORGON
GORGON LOBBY CARDS
GORGON POSTERS
PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES
ZOMBIES POSTERS
HANDS OF THE RIPPER
RIPPER LOBBY CARDS
RIPPER POSTERS
MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH
CHEAT DEATH LOBBY CARDS
CHEAT DEATH POSTERS
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
DEVIL RIDES LOBBY CARDS
DEVIL RIDES POSTERS

QUATERMASS FILMS:
QUATERMASS XPERIMENT
XPERIMENT page 2
XPERIMENT LOBBY CARDS
XPERIMENT POSTERS
QUATERMASS 2
QUATERMASS 2 page 2
QUATERMASS 2 LOBBY CARDS
QUATERMASS 2 POSTERS
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT
QUATERMASS AND PIT page 2
QUATERMASS AND PIT page 3
QUATERMASS AND PIT LOBBY CARDS
QUATERMASS AND PIT POSTERS

PREHISTORIC MOVIES:
ONE MILLION YEARS BC
ONE MILLION BC LOBBY CARDS
ONE MILLION BC POSTERS
PREHISTORIC WOMEN
PREHISTORIC LOBBY CARDS
PREHISTORIC POSTERS
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH
DINOSAURS LOBBY CARDS
DINOSAURS POSTERS
CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT
WORLD FORGOT LOBBY CARDS
WORLD FORGOT POSTERS

HOUSE OF HAMMER:
HAMMER CINEMA
HAMMER SCIENCE FICTION
HAMMER THRILLERS
HAMMER THRILLERS 2
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QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH in the USA)
Director - Roy Ward baker; Nigel Kneale Original story and screenplay - Nigel Kneale; Producer - Anthony Nelson Keys; Music - Tristram Cary; Cinematography - Arthur Grant; Editor - Spencer Reeve; Art Direction - Bernard Robinson and Ken Ryan; Makeup - Michael Morris; Special effects - Les Bowie, Roy Field, Ian Scoones, Bill Warrington and Kit West.

Cast: Andrew Keir (Prof. Bernard Quatermass), James Donald (Dr. Mathew Roney), Barbara Shelley (Barbara Judd), Julian Glover (Colonel Breen), Duncan Lamont (Sladden), Bryan Marshall (Captain Potter), Peter Copley (Howell), Edwin Richfield (Minister), Grant Taylor (Police Sergeant Ellis), Maurice Good (Sergeant Cleghorn).

Workmen constructing the new London Underground station at Hobb's End uncover the skeletal remains of simians. Doctor Roney, an anthropologist who examines the bones theorizes that they may belong to a race of primates who existed farther back in time than acknowledged by known science. Work is halted by the discovery of what appears to be unexploded bomb buried not far away from where the skeletons were found. Military bomb disposal experts arriving on the scene discover that their bomb is not magnetic.
Meanwhile, Bernard Quatermass of the British Experimental Rocket Group must contend with a major shift in government policy that has transferred control of the group's research to the military. Originally formed by civilians, the group will now develop projects including the placement of nuclear weapons in space. Both Breen and Quatermass become involved with the unfolding drama at Hobb's End. While Breen is soon convinced that the discovered object is an unexploded bomb, perhaps a German V-weapon, Quatermass remains skeptical. As the object is excavated, it is revealed to be very large and does not resemble any weapon of the last war. Quatermass, Breen and Roney enter a chamber within the object through an existing door, but the interior walls prove impenetrable to even diamond-tipped drills, and they are unable to proceed. Quatermass notices a small inscription on one of the interior walls, a pattern of circles connected in a larger circle which as a horrified Quatermass observes suggests a pentagram. Though impervious to drills, one of the walls soon collapses, revealing another chamber containing the preserved bodies of several insectlike creatures three-legged beings with ominous horns on their heads. Quatermass, knowing that "Hob" is an archaic term for the devil, and learning that the history of Hobb's End contains numerous reports of apparent poltergeist activity going back centuries, theorizes a link between the presence of the object and the human conception of evil. Rather than an Earthly artifact, Quatermass believes the object in Hobb's End to be an ancient spacecraft built by explorers from Mars.
When Sladden, the drill operator, notices a mysterious force moving objects in the excavation site surrounding Quatermass's spaceship, he flees in terror to a nearby church. Following him, Quatermass realizes that the force from which Sladden fled has followed him to the church. Delirious, Sladden tells Quatermass that he had seen the beings found inside the ship, only that these were alive, and that there were hordes of them leaping into the sky. When the force manifests itself again in the church, Quatermass realizes that it is Sladden that is the source of the energy, and that his vision is a form of race memory of the ship's occupants.
Quatermass returns to the excavation site with Roney and his assistant Barbara this time bringing a revolutionary machine that can observe a person's thoughts of visual memory. He plans to trigger the same mysterious force that beset Sladden, hoping it will also trigger revelation of the race memory. The plan is successful, but not as Quatermass had planned. Rather than manifesting through him, it seizes on Barbara. Quickly hooking her to the machine, Quatermass records a scene of the aliens' distant past. When shown to British officials, the scene depicts countless thousands of the insect tripeds marching against each other in battle. Quatermass describes the scene as a ritualistic purging of mutations, with the Martians annihilating any other beings who do not fit their larger hive. Using the images, Quatermass claims that Martians, now extinct, had explored Earth millions of years ago. Their planet dying, the Martians experimented on primitive apes, hoping to create a race of beings suited for Earth but otherwise subservient to the will of the Martians. Quatermass further claims that at least some of modern mankind has descended from the subjects of the Martian experiment. The officials are skeptical of Quatermass's claims, unwilling to believe that mankind owes its existence to a race of insects. Believing the recorded images reflect Barbara's subconcious rather than a discrete and pristine memory, the officials shrug off Quatermass's warnings that the object at Hobb's End is really a spaceship, or that it poses any danger.
Hobb's End is opened to the media, with Colonel Breen on hand to reveal the mysterious object as a long lost V-weapon. The same force observed by Sladden and Quatermass is again triggered, but now more powerful. Imposing its power and will over a growing group of surrounding human beings descendants of the Martians' ape subjects the ancient spacecraft causes them to engage in a race war against other people, presumably those unconnected to the Martians. A huge image of a horned Martian, suggesting the devil, appears over London. As more people fall under the ship's control, the city begins to buckle and shatter. Quatermass, one of the affected humans, tries to kill Roney. Regaining his senses, he tells Roney that some instinct within him was driving him to murder. "I had to kill you because you were different".
Having theorized the ancient Martians as the source of man's ideal of evil, Quatermass wonders whether other legends of the devil are also connected including its weakness to iron and water. Roney uses a building crane against the Martian image, guessing that it is a form of electromagnetic energy. The plan works, the ship's power is grounded and the image destroyed, but not before the crane and Roney are destroyed.
A final scene, shows the principal remaining characters walking or sitting, individually, in silence among the ruins, surrounded by small fires, showing their profound emotional and physical exhaustion.







Screen grabs by Stuart Hall






Disclaimer: Quatermass And The Pit was copyrighted 1967 by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. . Used for non-commercial purposes; All rights reserved. No rights given or implied. Do NOT use without permission.



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