X the Unknown

X the Unknown

Movie: X the Unknown
Director: Joseph Losey / Leslie Norman
Produced by: Exclusive Films, Hammer Films, Warner Brothers
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X the Unknown is a well-crafted imitation of the Quatermass British sci-fi pictures of the 1950s. A group of soldiers on maneuvers in Scotland stumble across a gravel pit which emanates an unusual amount of radiation. Several deaths occur before the radioactive material is mysteriously stolen. Researcher Dr. Adam Royston speculates that the thief is some sort of inhuman monstrosity dwelling at the Earth’s core. He points out that past radioactive disturbances have been occurring at 50-year intervals, each followed by sudden deaths and the disappearance of the material. Royston suggests that the unknown monster has been resuscitated by humankind’s recent atomic experiments. Sure enough, the monster manifests itself as a huge slab of glowing radioactive mud. X the Unknown works well within its limited budget, unfortunately, many TV prints have been truncated, robbing some of the best horrific moments of their full impact.

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