Quatermass 2 (1957)

Quatermass 2 (1957), directed by Val Guest.

Aka Enemy from Space and Quatermass II: Enemy from Space, but not to be confused with Quatermass II, the 1955 TV series not on DVD.

Bernard Quatermass was created in the 1950s and established a small UK-based science fiction sub-genre: the boffin attached to a military command who encounters aliens, strange forces, prehistoric survivals and all sorts of weird X-files stuff. Doctor Who always had a strong Quatermass influence.

In this installment the Prof discovers that his canceled moon-base design has actually been built at the site of a destroyed town where meteorites have been showering down for months. Who would want a sealed base on Earth, and why are people changing? Looks like a monstrous conspiracy. Yes, we have a blob monster, for some reason very popular in these stories.

It's kind of half-baked and kind of exciting. Brian Donlevy really doesn't suit as the lead but Hammer Films needed an American actor to get US distribution. He is grumpy and more of an office-manager-man-of-action than a brain.

The disc is from Anchor Bay, but is manufactured on demand on DVD-R (media id: TYG03), available for rent from ClassicFlix. Commentary track by the writer.