Irish Film Institute -QUATERMASS AND THE PIT


Director: Roy Ward Baker

97 mins, UK, 1967, Digital

This film screened 17th July 2016.

A craft of possibly alien origin is unearthed during works to extend the London Underground at Hobbs End; Professor Bernard Quatermass (Andrew Keir), expert in the uncanny, is called upon to investigate and discovers disturbing associations between the craft and the mythology of the city of London relating to pagan beliefs in the devil. This third cinematic outing for Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass character, popular from the ‘50s BBC serial, is the most successful iteration; a sci-fi horror hybrid that posits
some extraordinary alternatives to Darwinian theories of evolution, the lm is astonishingly imaginative and enduringly influential.

Novelist and critic Kim Newman will present an introduction before the screening.

Screening as part of Haunted Landscapes, A Season of Folk Horror. July 16th-30th.

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