X the Unknown

1956

Action / Horror / Sci-Fi

40
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 2171

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Dean Jagger as Dr. Adam Royston
Anthony Newley as LCpl. 'Spider' Webb
Leo McKern as Insp. 'Mac' McGill
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Khun Kru Mark 7 / 10

Chris Tarrant and Peter Tomlinson

'X the Unknown' is a typical and entertaining British sci-fi movie and comes with everything that these types of movies relied on...

...terrible special effects, a budget that wouldn't feed a church mouse and a silly story that is brought to earth by a well-known cast who play it straight with a good tight script and well-paced direction.

There are lots of excellent reviews and information on this site that do this movie far more justice than I can... so I'm dedicating this review to Chris Tarrant and Peter Tomlinson...

Thank you so much to Chris Tarrant and Peter Tomlinson who made Friday night Hammer movies such a delicious pleasure in the 1970s on Midlands Television.

Every Friday night after the 'News At Ten', either Chris or Peter (sometimes both) would introduce a Hammer film which would take us through to the idiotic conversational bible class at about 12:30 in the morning. This was followed by the loud whiny pitch which let us know that there was no more telly for the night and it was time for Britain to go to bed!

While my parents were out at the Officer's Mess at RAF Cosford getting drunk and having a good time, I'd make a big round of sandwiches, steal a few cans of dad's McEwans Pale Ale or Tartan Export Ale and settle in front of the TV on my own, for the best two hours of the week.

The movies were usually Christofer Lee or Vincent Price doing their various evil characters and of course, there were also sci-fi movies just like 'X The Unknown'. And as the adverts came around, Chris or Peter (I think they took turns each week) made watching these scary movies so much more fun. Add that to the memorable Cinzano adverts along with the Milk Tray ads and Castella ads, Hamlet ads... my Friday nights were the very best that any kid could have imagined.

Thanks, Chris and Peter... You'll never be forgotten for the enormous pleasure you brought to so many people like me, who watched scary Hammer movies in the midlands during the 70s, who were now never alone on a Friday night!

Reviewed by Rainey Dawn 4 / 10

Before The Blob We Had X The Unknown

Two years before The Blob (1958) we had X The Unknown (1956). X takes a more serious approach and a bit more adult of the two films, whereas The Blob is a bit more comical and teenager-ish. Both are good creature features if you like that sort of thing. I like The Blob better.

The copy of X I watched had a weird wave to the entire film that is hard explain. It's not wavy lines though it. It's not a rocking motion of the camera man I don't think but almost as if the film was sliding around during the recording to DVD but it could have been originally filmed that way - it's hard to say. I can say that it made me a bit nauseous and dizzy watching it. (I watched it via YouTube).

I would not go out to buy this film and would not care to watch it again, but I am not saying it's a terrible film... it's just not that much fun to watch.

4/10

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 5 / 10

X the Unremarkable.

After a crack opens in the earth during an army training exercise, with two soldiers suffering from mysterious burns, scientist Dr. Adam Royston (Dean Jagger) is called in to lend his expertise. Royston recognises the injuries as the result of intense radiation and, after several more bizarre incidents, he develops a theory about a radioactive creature that has evolved beneath the Earth's crust, but which has now made its way to the surface.

The 1950s saw cinemas worldwide invaded by mutated monsters, creatures born of the atomic age. Hammer Studios cashed in on the craze with X the Unknown, a rather insipid B-movie featuring a deadly primeval radioactive slime that predated Steve McQueen classic The Blob by two years. Although the film features some fun creature effects towards the end and delivers one standout death scene at the half hour mark (the victim's face melting down to the skull), X the Unknown has way too much padding in the form of dull scientific chit chat to make it anything other than an unremarkable time-waster.

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