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Five Million Years To Earth

( a.k.a.  Quatarmass and the Pit  (1968)



Cast: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover
Director: Roy Ward Baker
U.S. Distribution: 20th Century Fox
U.S. Release Date: 3/68
Running Time: 1:38
MPAA Rating: Not rated

A mysterious capsule containing the corpses of giant insects resembling locusts is unearthed in England. It turns out that they are NOT some Nazi hoax as the British military would like everyone to believe.

So what ARE these strange creatures and why were they buried in a London subway system?? The answers to these and nearly all other questions can be found in this effective, well-acted and mostly interesting sci-fi thriller.

In addition to the creepy-crawlies, there's ESP and the strong winds that accompany it (?), a little human suffering with at least one death by radiation (or some other otherworldly reason) and for good measure, mythical and religious overtones. Alright, so maybe Five Million Years To Earth is a little too weird for its own good.

© 1999, Delton Perrodin



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