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Trailers from Hell: Ernest Dickerson on Hammer's 'The Creeping Unknown' (aka 'The Quartermass Xperiment')

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2013 at 12:53PM

Keep Watching the Skies! continues at Trailers from Hell with Ernest Dickerson introducing Hammer's "The Creeping Unknown," starring Brian Donlevy and Jack Warren as a professor and inspector trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious rocket crash, which has left two crew members missing and one mutating into a monster.
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Still from "The Quartermass Xperiment'
Still from "The Quartermass Xperiment'

Keep Watching the Skies! continues at Trailers from Hell with director Ernest Dickerson introducing Hammer's "The Creeping Unknown," starring Brian Donlevy and Jack Warren as a professor and inspector trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious rocket crash, which has left two crew members missing and one mutating into a monster.

This was the US title of the Hammer screen version of Nigel Kneale’s six-part BBC sci fi serial THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT, which had been a nationwide smash and led to three feature film sequels. Director Val Guest shoots in a flat newsreel style that imparts a semi-documentary, almost newsreelish quality to the proceedings. Since restored to the original running time, it’s now available under the British title.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.