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Quatermass And The Pit

Author : Kim Newman
ISBN : 9781844577934
Genre : Performing Arts
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While digging an extension to the London Underground Railway, workmen discover an object which might be an ancient Martian spaceship – and Professor Quatermass of the British Rocket Group investigates a mystery which prompts frightening revelations about the origins of humanity itself. Before 2001: A Space Odyssey and Doctor Who, Quatermass and the Pit was the paramount British science fiction saga in film and television. Kim Newman's fascinating study focuses on Roy Ward Baker's 1967 film, written by Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale for Hammer Films, but also looks at the origins of the Quatermass franchise in 1950s BBC serials and earlier films. Exploring the production and reception of the film and series, Newman assesses the lasting importance of this landmark franchise.

Quatermass And The Pit

Author : Nigel Kneale
ISBN : LCCN:60003713
Genre : Television plays
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When ancient bones and something resembling an unexploded bomb are found on a London building site, the military and scientists are baffled. As further astounding discoveries are made, the renowned Professor Quatermass begins to unravel a terrifying thread of chaos and terror ...

Films Directed By Roy Ward Baker

Author : Source Wikipedia
ISBN : 1230480153
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 23. Chapters: Quatermass and the Pit, A Night to Remember, The Vault of Horror, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, Don't Bother to Knock, The Vampire Lovers, Moon Zero Two, I'll Never Forget You, Scars of Dracula, The October Man, Asylum, The One That Got Away, Inferno, The Anniversary, Tiger in the Smoke, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, The Monster Club, And Now the Screaming Starts!, The Saint and the Fiction Makers, Morning Departure, Flame in the Streets, The Singer Not the Song, Night Without Sleep, Highly Dangerous, The Masks of Death, The Valiant, Passage Home, Jacqueline, Paper Orchid, Two Left Feet, The Weaker Sex, Journey to Midnight. Excerpt: Quatermass and the Pit (US title: Five Million Years to Earth) is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions it is a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like its predecessors it is based on a BBC Television serial - Quatermass and the Pit - written by Nigel Kneale. It was directed by Roy Ward Baker and stars Andrew Keir in the title role as the eponymous professor, replacing Brian Donlevy who played the role in the two earlier films. James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover appear in co-starring roles. The plot, which is largely faithful to the original television production, centres around the discovery of a mysterious object buried in the ground at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own and once uncovered begins to exert a malign...

Hammer Complete

Author : Howard Maxford
ISBN : 9781476670072
Genre : Performing Arts
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Think you know everything there is to know about Hammer Films, the fabled "Studio that Dripped Blood?" The lowdown on all the imperishable classics of horror, like The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and The Devil Rides Out? What about the company's less blood-curdling back catalog? What about the musicals, comedies and travelogues, the fantasies and historical epics--not to mention the pirate adventures? This lavishly illustrated encyclopedia covers every Hammer film and television production in thorough detail, including budgets, shooting schedules, publicity and more, along with all the actors, supporting players, writers, directors, producers, composers and technicians. Packed with quotes, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, credit lists and production specifics, this all-inclusive reference work is the last word on this cherished cinematic institution.

Liquid Metal

Author : Sean Redmond
ISBN : 9780231501842
Genre : Performing Arts
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Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. Eight distinct sections cover such topics as the cyborg in science fiction; the science fiction city; time travel and the primal scene; science fiction fandom; and the 1950s invasion narratives. Important writings by Susan Sontag, Vivian Sobchack, Steve Neale, J.P. Telotte, Peter Biskind and Constance Penley are included.

The Quatermass Experiment And Its Legacy

Author : Adrian Sherlock
ISBN : 1986524124
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This bestselling guide attempts to encapsulate the historical details, cultural impact, influences and legacy of Nigel Kneale's 1953 BBC TV serial The Quatermass Experiment. This Second Edition contains bonus material looking at Quatermass 2, Quatermass and the Pit and The Quatermass Conclusion. There are comparisons and commentary on the subsequent Hammer films and 2005 BBC Four version as well as looks at other TV shows which were overtly influenced by the serial, including Doctor Who, The X-Files and the live action work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The Quatermass Experiment shocked a nation and launched a thousand nightmares. Now it's time to look back at how and why. Writer Adrian Sherlock is the author of Doctor Who tie in The New Unusual, part of the Lethbridge-Stewart series. Now this popular piece of television history and criticism, previously only available as a Kindle download, is finally available in traditional book format.

Roy Ward Baker

Author : Geoff Mayer
ISBN : 071906354X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book traces the career of Roy Ward Baker, one of the great survivors of the British film and television industry. He directed the landmark British film Morning Departure (1949), worked at Twentieth Century Fox in Hollywood in the early 1950s where he directed Marilyn Monroe, and the best version of the Titanic disaster, A Night to Remember in 1958. He then moved to television series such as The Avengers, The Saint and Minder. Later Baker re-emerged as a major director of science-fiction (Quatermass and The Pit) and horror films (Asylum). Geoff Mayer provides an industrial and aesthetic context in which to understand the interrelationship between a skilled classical director and the transformation of the British film industry in the 1950s.

Projecting Tomorrow

Author : James Chapman
ISBN : 9780857721846
Genre : Performing Arts
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Cinema and science fiction were made for each other. The science fiction genre has produced some of the most extraordinary films ever made, yet science fiction cinema is about more than just special effects. It has also provided a vehicle for filmmakers and writers to comment on their own societies and cultures. This new exploration of the genre examines landmark science fiction films from the 1930s to the present. They include genre classics such as Things to Come, Forbidden Planet and 2001: A Space Odyssey alongside modern blockbusters Star Wars and Avatar. Chapman and Cull consider both screen originals and adaptations of the work of major science fiction authors. They also range widely across the genre from pulp adventure and space opera to political allegory and speculative documentary – there is even a science fiction musical. Informed throughout by extensive research in US and British archives, the book documents the production histories of each film to show how they made their way to the screen – and why they turned out the way they did.

British Science Fiction Cinema

Author : I.Q. Hunter
ISBN : 9781134702763
Genre : Social Science
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British Science Fiction Cinema is the first substantial study of a genre which, despite a sometimes troubled history, has produced some of the best British films, from the prewar classic Things to Come to Alien made in Britain by a British director. The contributors to this rich and provocative collection explore the diverse strangeness of British science fiction, from literary adaptions like Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Clockwork Orange to pulp fantasies and 'creature features' far removed from the acceptable face of British cinema. Through case studies of key films like The Day the Earth Caught Fire, contributors explore the unique themes and concerns of British science fiction, from the postwar boom years to more recent productions like Hardware, and examine how science fiction cinema drew on a variety of sources, from TV adaptions like Doctor Who and the Daleks, to the horror/sf crossovers produced from John Wyndham's cult novels The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned). How did budget restrictions encourage the use of the 'invasion narrative' in the 1950s films? And how did films such as Unearthly Stranger and Invasion reflect fears about the decline of Britain's economic and colonial power and the 'threat' of female sexuality? British Science Fiction Cinema celebrates the breadth and continuing vitality of British sf film-making, in both big-budget productions such as Brazil and Event Horizon and cult exploitation movies like Inseminoid and Lifeforce.

Collected Interviews

Author : Wheeler W. Dixon
ISBN : 0809324075
Genre : Performing Arts
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The film scholar servies up a behind-the-scenes look at the people who have shaped cinema in twentieth century, in a collection of interviews with Jonathan Miller, Roger Corman, Vincent Price, Sally Cruikshank, Alex Nicol, and others. Simultaneous.

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