late Nigel Kneale was a visionary and ground breaking writer whose
1950s BBC TV Quatermass serials were not only a massive influence on
the likes of Doctor Who and The X-Files, and a big hit with the
public, but also one of the first attempts to write dark and scary
small screen sci-fi aimed purely at adults rather than children.
These were all subsequently remade for the big screen by Hammer
Studios, and with Optimum Releasing recently bringing out a freshly
remastered Blu-ray disc of the third and final story, Quatermass
and the Pit,
the time is ripe for a fresh look at a film that has aged very well.
Director Roy Ward Baker takes a highly imaginative, ideas-packed
script and a strong, charismatic lead character and presents a
chilling picture of mob mentality, racism, and mankind's violent