Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)
Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) (1967)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Routine, somewhat distended development blunts impact of this British-made programmer.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

As well as providing a generous helping of shocks, Kneale's script gives his complex themes and theories plenty of space...

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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.

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Time Out

The brilliant pre-Von Daniken anthropological theme of Kneale's script still guarantees interest.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Easy to dismiss as camp folly, but you really shouldn't.

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James Rocchi

This is a movie with, to be blunt, a twenty-dollar budget -- but billion-dollar ideas.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

All of its pseudo-scientific talk seemed to short-circuit the audience's interest -- in it and in themselves.

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TV Guide

The third and best of the Quatermass films.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Methodical in its pacing, building a level of dread with a payoff that fully justifies that atmosphere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
the film i set out to watch was called five million years to earth and i was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was actually the famous quartermass and… More
Marcus Woolcott
It's got more depth and action than films with ten times the budget.
Greg S
A mystery arises when skeletons and a capsule made of almost indestructible metal are discovered in a subway excavation. Talky, sometimes intriguing horror… More
David Sayers
The film looks like one of Hammer's classier efforts and the horror is downplayed in favour of 'Doctor Who'-like sci-fi. It's got a good… More
Cindy I
What a great movie! Scary sci-fi with a conscience.
Barry Lappin
I loved these films and saw every one at an early age. They were so disturbing as a boy...brilliant.