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Quatermass 2 (1957)




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Movie Info

Originally titled Quatermass II, Enemy from Space was the sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment (US title: The Creeping Unknown). Based on the British TV serial by Nigel Kneale (who reportedly disliked the finished product), the film stars Brian Donlevy, repeating the role of Professor Quatermass. This time, the good professor must contend with a "meteor shower" which turns out to be a secret alien invasion. The extraterrestrials arrive on earth in rocklike vehicles, then take over the minds and nervous systems of earthlings, the better to go about their business undetected. Subliminally a cruel satire of British bureaucracy and obfuscation, Enemy from Space also works on a pure-horror level, building slowly and methodically to a powerhouse finale. For many years a "lost" film due to legal tangles, Enemy from Space has recently become available again on video and cable TV. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Brian Donlevy
as Prof. Bernard Quatermass
John Longden
as Inspector Lomax
Sidney James
as Jimmy Hall
Vera Day
as Sheila
Tom Chatto
as Broadhead
John Van Eyssen
as The P.R.O.
John Rae
as McLeod
Marianne Stone
as Secretary at Community Center
Jane Aird
as Mrs. McLeod
Lloyd Lamble
as Inspector
John Stuart
as Commissioner
Phillip Baird
as 1st Lab Assistant
Arthur Blake
as Constable
Jan Holden
as Young Girl
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Critic Reviews for Quatermass 2

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Val Guest's direction is as uncertain as script on which he collabs with Nigel Kneale [author of original story], with the result that all characters are stodgy.

May 14, 2008 | Full Review…

Despite some clumsy moments that have not worn well, it remains one of the more bizarre and impressive of the early British horror pictures.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best of the original trilogy, choked with a pervasive air of paranoia and panic.

August 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is one of the best science-fiction films ever to come from Britain.

May 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A masterful near-satire of Cold War paranoia and, arguably, the best of the Quatermass series.

May 14, 2008 | Full Review…

A wonderfully entertaining British science fiction story with Donlevy flinty as the single-minded Quartermass.

August 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Quatermass 2


Brilliant early sci-fi horror that many TV shows and films today owe a debt to.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


Slightly better than The Quatermass Xperiment, Quatermass 2 is an almost completely different animal than its predecessor. Brian Donlevy is a less dickish Quatermass this time around as he tries to warn the town about an alien invasion instead of playing science and politics. The top secret base, the soldiers and all the imagery they bring are pretty damn frightening. The buildup to the 2 minutes of the monster(s) you eventually see is worth it. Unlike its predecessor, Quatermass 2 is entirely worth the trouble.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

excellent paranoid thriller aka enemy from space. professor quatermass discovers a mysterious 'area 51' in the english countryside. donlevy seems more committed to his role this time out; he's even learned to pronounce his name. pretty decent effects and great location. one more smart 50's sci fi from hammer, maybe the best of the quatermass series

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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