The Quatermass Xperiment
1955 / UK / 82 min. / B&W
Director: Val Guest
Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Richard Wordsworth, Margia Dean, Maurice Kaufmann
Three astronauts are launched into space aboard a rocket designed by Professor Quatermass, but the spacecraft returns to earth with only one occupant, Victor. Something has infected him during the trip and he begins mutating into an alien organism which, if it spores, will engulf the Earth and destroy humanity. When the Carroon-creature escapes from custody, Quatermass and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lomax (Jack Warner), have just hours to track it down and prevent a catastrophe…Today, it’s more thrills than horror but the Quatermass series always offered a little more thought and substance. Among the high-jinks, there’s a warning for us all.