Enemy from Space


Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 7 10 2776


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Sidney James as Jimmy Hall
Brian Donlevy as Quatermass
Percy Herbert as Gorman
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25.000 fps
1hr 25 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prichards12345 8 / 10

Excellent sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment

Nigel Kneale's second Quatermass serial is an exciting and fast-moving affair, in which Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) discovers an alien conspiracy at the heart of the British Government. Strange meteors have been arriving from space in unusually large numbers, and our good Rocket Engineer soon discovers they have something inside...

The plot has already been recounted very well by other contributors here, so I won't add anything further other than to say Kneale and Director Val Guest superbly condense the t.v. original into a tense and compelling 85 minutes. Donlevy is slightly better this time around then he was in the first movie, and UK viewers can enjoy the sight of Sid James and William Franklyn amongst the cast. Franklyn's character in Dracula A.D. 1972 dies in exactly the same way as he does here!

The story, of course, has a slight resemblance to Invasion of The Bodysnatchers; but this appears to be a case of parallel development rather than any borrowing. Kneale's work is often concerned with dehumanisation, and never more so than here. The monsters at the end are a bit comical, and Kneale and Guest probably wisely omitted the outer space sequence from the original t.v. show - Hammer's special effects (and budget) would have struggled to depict this convincingly.

Although Hammer would wait a decade to film the third Kneale Quatermass opus, in many ways the best was yet to come...

Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 7 / 10

Very good second entry in the Quatermass series

The success of The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) was the factor that alerted the hitherto obscure British film studio Hammer that the future for them might be with horror movies. This follow up movie – incidentally, the first sequel to use '2' in its title – merely cemented this notion and by the end of the decade Hammer's hugely influential cycle of horror movies was truly underway. At this earlier stage in the mid-50's though, the fashion was not yet for Gothic horrors filmed in glorious colour but for sci-fi/horror in traditional black and white. With its story of a meteor shower that ultimately results with people being taken over by alien entities, it not only indicates the influence of the earlier Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) but more generally shows itself to be a product of the Cold War years, where people suddenly become roboticised by external forces (which was essentially what many folks from the day thought those dastardly communists were doing).

Its lower key British sensibilities, setting and plot-line make it feel like a definite precursor to the sci-fi series 'Dr Who', which would kick into gear at the beginning of the next decade. Similar to that, Quatermass 2 is an imaginative piece of work which benefits from a creative script from genre specialist Nigel Kneale. Val Guest who directed the first instalment returns here again, as does Brian Donlevy to reprise his role as the somewhat prickly title character. Less expectedly it also features 'Carry On' legend Sid James in a role which by his subsequent standards is very serious.

I think this sequel may in fact surpass the original. It seems to have a little more budget and it makes that count. The production is still a modest one but makes use of its locations, especially the power plant where the action orbits, while the big finale is pretty well executed with some nice special effects. I think over and above that, it has an effective slightly downbeat atmosphere which suits this story well and, on the whole, this can certainly be considered one of the upper bracket science fiction films of its day.

Reviewed by l_rawjalaurence 8 / 10

Excellent Piece of Cold War Allegory

Bringing back Brian Donlevy to the central role after THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT (1955), QUATERMASS 2 tells another familiar tale of the earth being threatened by aliens, who infect human beings and transform them into zombies.

A familiar tale, no doubt, but Val Guest's film possesses a documentary realism by being filmed in and around the Shell refinery in Essex, southern England - a futuristic-looking structure of pipes, domes and other mechanical hardware. Such location work invests the story with a chilling realism, making it seem as if the civilized world could really be subject to invasion, both physical as well as mental.

As in all good science-fiction movies, the story begins mundanely enough, with the tension increasing until the violent climax, with a machine-gun battle that leaves the refinery strewn with corpses. It is chiefly due to Quatermass's persistence that the plan is brought to light; like all good scientists he refuses to accept the British government's attempts to whitewash the situation and seeks after truth, even at the risk of his own life. With his trilby hat at an angle and dirty mackintosh, he cuts a determined figure, in contrast to the mealy-mouthed public relations officer for the plant (John Van Eyssen).

The film has some memorable cameos, from Sidney James's investigative reporter (with an inexplicable American accent), to Vera Day's brassy barmaid - doing a jig that is quite risqué for a mid-Fifties British film, and William Franklyn's stoical scientist, determined to carry out Quatermass's orders, even if they seem rather preposterous.

The climax is a good one, with the special effects extremely plausibly employed. Although Quatermass emerges triumphant, in cahoots with reliable police inspector Lomax (John Longdon), they are both aware that the threat of invasion has only been blunted, not eradicated. This inconclusive ending opens the door for further sequels (another Quatermass film appeared a decade later) while suggesting that while this particular battle has been won, the Cold War continues unresolved.

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