Trailers from Hell: Ernest Dickerson on Hammer’s ‘The Creeping Unknown’ (aka ‘The Quartermass Xperiment’)

Trailers from Hell: Ernest Dickerson on Hammer's 'The Creeping Unknown' (aka 'The Quartermass Xperiment')

Keep Watching the Skies! continues at Trailers from Hell with director Ernest Dickerson introducing Hammer’s “The Creeping Unknown,” starring Brian Donlevy and Jack Warren as a professor and inspector trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious rocket crash, which has left two crew members missing and one mutating into a monster.

This was the US title of the Hammer screen version of Nigel
Kneale’s six-part BBC sci fi serial THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT, which had been a
nationwide smash and led to three feature film sequels. Director Val Guest
shoots in a flat newsreel style that imparts a semi-documentary, almost
newsreelish quality to the proceedings. Since restored to the original running
time, it’s now available under the British title.

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