ABC Film Challenge – Horror – Q – Quatermass and the Pit (1967) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“The will to survive… it’s an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out earth was doomed – say, by climatic changes – what would we do about it?” – Professor Bernard Quatermass

“Nothing. Just go on squabbling as usual.” – Dr. Mathew Roney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a few skeletons are found near the London subway system, a professor and scientist are brought in to try and discover how they got there.

My Take on it – As someone quite averse to horror films, I decided to take on the challenge of finding one for the Letter Q and lo and behold, I came across a Hammer film that fit that quest.

The fact that this film starred James Donald – who I loved in both The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and in The Great Escape (1963) was an added bonus.

The story is actually quite interesting even if the production and effects are quite primitive throughout.

I liked the overall premise which still seems to remain relevant today, nearly 55 years after it was made.

The film asks some great philosophical questions that still need to be answered and that adds even more to the way that this kind of story is to be grasped.

The acting is sub-par in general and many of the characters deliver very wooden dialogue, but they still manage to get the point across.

The special effects are quite weak and silly looking, but that is usually what one can expect from a Hammer film.

In addition to this film featuring Donald, I also loved seeing Julian Glover in a pivotal role even though it isn’t as powerful in my mind as his roles in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) or in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989).

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A Sony CV-2000B Videocorder – a very early and primitive form of videotape recorder – is on display during the sequences in which the Martian race memory is both recorded and later played back to the skeptical military. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – P – Patient Zero (2018) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“Just because I killed my family doesn’t mean I didn’t love them.” – The Professor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A group of survivors during a Zombie Apocalypse try to find the person who infected everyone.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that I am NOT a fan of horror movies at all.

It is one of the few genres that I try to avoid as much as possible.

October is always a month when a lot of movie bloggers dedicate their reviews and watches to taking in horror films due to Halloween being just around the corner.

This makes things more difficult for me given the fact that it makes it harder to contribute to other people’s endeavors.

But… as a steady contributor to the ABC Challenge, I decided to go against my instinct and find a film to watch.

This is actually a movie that Darren suggested to me a few years back, yet, based on what I wrote earlier, I avoided.

The truth is that the one kind of horror film that I can tolerate the most are Zombie films and this one does fit into that niche.

That being said, this was a story that has a good idea, but it just isn’t presented well enough.

The fact that they deal with so many normal zombie film tropes and fail to try and give themselves a unique voice really hurts things here.

The cast is unexceptional and none of them stand out at all.

The story moves along at a strange pace and never really finds its way because it all comes across in a very messy style.

The one thing in this film that I really liked was that they find a way to communicate with the “infected” and if that would have been developed more, they might have had a better chance with this story.

What’s quite fascinating is the fact that this film gives a whole new perspective of the genre in a (post) COVID word because most viewers will be able to identify more with many of the things these characters have to deal with.

Regardless, this was pretty much a waste of time tho…

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2013 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

ABC Film Challenge – 1990s Movies – Z – Zero Kelvin (1995) Movie I Want to See

ABC Film Challenge

1990s Movies

Z

Zero Kelvin

Z as always proved to be a difficult letter to find a movie for, for this one I have picked one I would like to see one day, Zero Kelvin, it is one that sounds interesting with the plot below, what do you think of this film?

A young writer whose proposal was recently rejected goes to Greenland to spend a year at an outpost for hunting and trapping animals for furs. At the outpost he meets two men who are none too keen to spend the winter with the newcomer.

ABC Film Challenge – 1990s Movies – Y – You’ve Got Mail (1998) Movie Suggestion

ABC Film Challenge

1990s Movies

Y

You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail was one of the best modern day romantic comedies when it got released, using emails for meeting someone to date, something that plenty of people do today, it continued the shining chemistry that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan had together. It might well be a remake of a previous idea of newspaper ads to meet someone, but it is one that is filled with all the charm needed.

ABC Film Challenge – 1990s Movies – X – The X Files (1998) Movie Suggestion

ABC Film Challenge

1990s Movies

X

X-Files

This is more of just a suggestion, when The X-Files was one of the most popular shows on television through the 1990s, they jumped into a film edition, one focused more on the alien presence than any other supernatural experiences the show put you through, and it is nice addition to the series.

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