Guest "brought a lot of intelligence to a genre that is often sorely in need of it." (director Joe Dante)
English film director and screenwriter, Val Guest is best known for his work for Hammer. Several of his science fiction and horror films have been featured in this blog. What we notice about his films is how they seem to work without the need for expensive and flashy special effects. Instead, like many British science fiction films, they seem to rely on fine story lines, good acting, effective use of cinematography and tight direction.
Painter, sculptor, visual effects creator and a most memorable monster-maker
Blaisdell was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1927, and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts.
In his childhood he sketched alien monsters and constructed model airplane kits.
After graduation from high school, Paul briefly worked as a typewriter repairman and served a stint in the military.
He then attended the New England School of Art and Design in Boston where he met his future wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" Boyle. Paul and Jackie got married in 1952 after finishing college and moved to Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles, California, where he worked for Douglas Aircraft.
At Douglas Aircraft Blaisdell worked as a technical illustrator.
An eerily impressive, thoughtful and disturbing sci-fi film that creates a sense of unease and is quite chilling in its social and political implications
Directed by Val Guest Produced by Anthony Hinds Written by Nigel Kneale, Val Guest Music by James Bernard Cinematography: Gerald Gibbs Edited by James Needs Production company: Hammer Film Productions Distributed by Exclusive Films (UK), United Artists (USA) Running time: 85 minutes Budget: £92,000
Brian Donlevy: Quatermass John Longden: Lomax Sidney James: Jimmy Hall Bryan Forbes: Marsh William Franklyn: Brand Vera Day: Sheila Charles Lloyd Pack: Dawson Tom Chatto: Broadhead John Van Eyssen: The P.R.O. Percy Herbert: Gorman Michael Ripper: Ernie John Rae: McLeod Marianne Stone: Secretary Ronald Wilson: Young Man Jane Aird: Mrs. McLeod
Quatermass 2 / Original Theatrical Trailer (1957)
Good evening. I’m your host, Bill Bannerman and welcome to tonight’s program, Probing The Past where we will be examining a 1957 incident involving for a second time, the infamous maverick Professor Bernard Quatermass.