Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)
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Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)
Nigel Kneale's Quatermass TV series spawned a brief film series produced over an eleven-year period; 1967's Quatermass and the Pit, released in the US as Five Million Years to Earth, was the third and (until 1979's Quatermass Conclusion) last of the features. As with previous chapters in the Kneale saga, the film begins with a baffling scientific discovery. This time it's an alien ship, alive after 5,000,000 years, discovered during the excavation of a new subway line. The craft is able to cause psychic disturbances in individuals genetically connected to the machine; it also… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Routine, somewhat distended development blunts impact of this British-made programmer."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As well as providing a generous helping of shocks, Kneale's script gives his complex themes and theories plenty of space..."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"One of the high points of Hammer's film production, and a worthy addition to the cannon of films and TV realisations of the products of Nigel Kneale's probing, prescient imagination."
‑ , Film4
"The brilliant pre-Von Daniken anthropological theme of Kneale's script still guarantees interest."
‑ , Time Out
"Easy to dismiss as camp folly, but you really shouldn't."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"This is a movie with, to be blunt, a twenty-dollar budget -- but billion-dollar ideas."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"All of its pseudo-scientific talk seemed to short-circuit the audience's interest -- in it and in themselves."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"The third and best of the Quatermass films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Methodical in its pacing, building a level of dread with a payoff that fully justifies that atmosphere."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)