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Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

When one thinks of Great Britain, we think of Downton Abbey, Queen Elizabeth, punks with big mohawks, and of course, Winston Churchill.

We might think about Stonehenge, Rendelsham Forest, and of course, David Icke.

We do not, however, think about train stations, excavated UFO’s, and the desiccated corpses of giant grasshoppers who may or may not be, our Martian Mind Control Overlords, bent on Complete World Domination.

We do not think of “Quatermass and the Pit”.

Now granted, that’s a lot to take in, so let’s unpack this movie bit by bit and see where we land, shall we?

Happy Anniversary To Us!

The show has been alive for one year, and to celebrate, I had you – The Gentle Listener – nominate and vote for the movie that I would dissect for your listening pleasure.

We are revisiting the Quatermass universe, as created by Nigel Kneale, and this time, the Professor is actually named Quatermass and not Royston (see our episode on “X the Unknown” for more Quatermass goodness).

Welcome, Gentle Listeners, to – “Quatermass and the Pit”

The Episode

The Review

For a review of this classic film, we’re heading over to DVD Savant again, and our Super Genius has this to say about it:

But Quatermass and the Pit really cooks as a fantasy thriller, something few effect-laden yawners can boast. A demonic riot at the finale is a chilling highlight, and the superior acting of Keir and Hammer star Barbara Shelley keep the tale involving at a personal level. Particularly effective in the frightening climactic action is top-billed James Donald, a familiar face from The Bridge On the River Kwai and The Great Escape.

I agree with pretty much everything wonderful and awesome that folks have to say about this movie.
It’s top notch, and we even get to call the guy Quatermass, as opposed to “X The Unknown” were he has to go undercover, so to speak.

The Credits

I am very grateful to be able to use the music and sound effects of so many wonderful creators.

You can find a list of all music used, and all sound effects used, and links, here, on our Credits page.

The News

I mentioned in the show that this was going to be the last scheduled episode of “Bill Watches Movies”, and that was correct for a very short period of time.

I’m very happy to say that I AM BACK!  I got better, as they say in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” after being turned into a newt.

I did take a break for a few months, recharge, re-calibrate and re-something or other, and the show is back on a monthly schedule, and I’m steadily working on the first season of “Monsters by the Minute”.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.

The New Show?!?!

Oh yes.
I’ve got an idea, it’s a baby idea right now, for a new show, and I think you are going to love it.
The only hint I will give is that if you loved the Hollywood history and biography format that I used in the first episodes of the show, you are going to LOVE this new show!

What Do You Do Next? (Edit: You head over here to listen to the first trailer for the upcoming new show, “Monsters by the Minute”, where I do a break down of 1932’s Universal classic “The Mummy”, starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann and David Manners.

Stay tuned and you should totally Join the mailing list.

Until then, watch at least one old monster movie, tell two people that you love them, and find three ways to have fun.

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