by Gary Johnson
Before discovering that the route to greatest profits was paved with blood and sex, Hammer Film Productions produced several thoughtful, sober science fiction movies, such as The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and X the Unknown (1956). These thrillers gave few indications of the gothic inflections that would soon envelope Hammer movies (e.g., Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 and Dracula in 1958). Quatermass 2 (aka Enemy From Space) is arguably the best British science fiction movie in this realistic mold.
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