|Title:||The Quatermass Xperiment|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Day the Earth Caught Fire
|11.03.06||DVR||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2006|
Wow. I'm surprised at how similar this is to The Thing. Actually, this is pretty much The Thing from Another World meets The Astronaut's Wife with a smidge of The Blob thrown in for good measure, set in London rather than the north pole.
Brian Donlevy plays a rocket scientist who's just sent a mission into unknown reaches of outer space. The rocket ship crash lands in a field and only one man is left alive... but he's weird. It becomes sort of obvious that he's been alien'd as he starts to suck blood out of people to thrive. Eventually, he becomes more of a blob-like creature, leaving giant snail trails all over London. In the end, just as they did last movie, we prove that electricity is badass but this time Science prevails as we see Donlevy walk away from the newly-slane beast to announce that he's trying again. "The End" splashes against a shot of another rocket ship taking off.
Donlevy actually gives the Thing scientist a run for his money on the crazed Science stuff. At one point he says "There's no room for personal feelings in Science!" which made me chuckle. I always think of Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye the science guy whenever I hear a line like that. I want to bring up my fist with my index finger pointed toward the sky any time someone talks about advances, uses, merits, or importance of Science. That's a big part of what makes these movies enjoyable for me.
So... movie-wise, this is not as good as The Thing. It's got a perhaps-typical british thing about it where it's a tad slower pace, the talking seems much more radio-play-y with people just standing there delivering their lines, and the gore or shocks or whatever should be in there to really deliver to the crowds are never quite as effective as they should be. Eh, whatever. It made a pretty cool double feature with The Thing and filled my first night out nicely.
So one night of movies down, two to go! Tomorrow brings another wide array of movies to my eyes, all just 13 hours away. I can't wait!