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

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




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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 prompts them to see dead Martians as ghostly entitites nearby. In time, conclusions drawn from these events lead scientists to shocking conclusions about the origins of the human race.


Andrew Keir
as Quatermass
James Donald
as Dr Roney
Barbara Shelley
as Barbara Judd
Julian Glover
as Colonel Breen
Maurice Good
as Sgt. Cleghorn
James Culliford
as Cpl. Gibson
Bryan Marshall
as Capt. Potter
Grant Taylor
as Police Sergeant Ellis
Sheila Steafel
as Journalist
Hugh Futcher
as Sapper West
Hugh Morton
as Elderly Journalist
Noel Howlett
as Abbey Librarian
Hugh Manning
as Pub Customer
Keith Marsh
as Johnson
Bee Duffell
as Miss Dobson
Roger Avon
as Electrician
Brian Peck
as Technical Officer
John Graham
as Inspector
Charles Lamb
as Newsvendor
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Critic Reviews for Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

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

July 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

May 14, 2008 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

May 21, 2005 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the monsters themselves are expectedly rubbery, accompanied by dated special effects and cheap practical creature makeup.

August 27, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Kier grounds the film with his sober and serious presence.

August 19, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)

It's got more depth and action than films with ten times the budget.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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 the pit of which i've been hearing for so many years. i know, i'm silly :p the effects look dated and somewhat cheesy but the premise is frankly brilliant and quite bleak. it's too bad hammer didn't have a bit more cash to put into this one. i didn't realize that quartermass had a whole series of films either. he was like an early x-files investigator and even had a beautiful lady scientist helping him out here. good stuff

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A mystery arises when skeletons and a capsule made of almost indestructible metal are discovered in a subway excavation. Talky, sometimes intriguing horror masquerading as science fiction, with a memorably apocalyptic conclusion.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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