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The Creeping Unknown


This was the US title of the Hammer screen version of Nigel Kneale’s six-part BBC sci fi serial THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT, which had been a nationwide smash and led to three feature film sequels. Director Val Guest shoots in a flat newsreel style that imparts a semi-documentary, almost newsreelish quality to the proceedings. Since restored to the original running time, it’s now available under the British title.

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About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (starring TFH favorite Dick Miller), Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.