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    Mudlark @mudlark

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Thanks for the tip regarding the DVD. I didn’t realise that anything other than stills survived of the original Quatermass Experiment, because the only method of recording in 1953 was by filming either the live action or the image on the TV screen, and the resulting picture quality was sometimes more than a bit fuzzy. The same applies to Quatermass II.  I had – maybe still have – a Penguin paperback with the scripts but I never saw them as broadcast because  we didn’t have a TV until 1957.  VERA, the video recording system developed by the BBC in 1958 was presumably used for recording Quatermass and the Pit, before they switched to a better system developed in the USA.  I  watched a live broadcast re-creation of  The Quatermass Experiment on BBC4 in 2005, which I think was faithful to the original, except that the Tate Modern was substituted for Westminster Abbey in the climax. Only just now, when looking it up to check the date, did I realise that the 2005 cast included David Tenant, when he already knew that he would be the 10th Doctor.

    @dentarthurdent

    That sounds horrifyingly claustrophobia-inducing. The cellars of that house were always a bit creepy, although the extreme effect of Quatermass on on our excursions into them didn’t last very long. The main and relatively well lit part was in regular use because there was a stone shelf which, in the absence of a refrigerator, was sometimes used for keeping food chilled, and my brothers also used it as a darkroom for developing photographs. The really spooky parts were the unlit compartments to the side of this main cellar, one of  which contained a large and particularly sinister looking  furnace/boiler for the central heating system installed c.1910 – never used by us because, even if the system had been proved safe, it reportedly gobbled about 1 cwt of coal or coke a day – not practical in a 1950s post-war economy.

    The nearest things in spookiness which I have experienced as an adult archaeologist were some of the abandoned and isolated sites I was required to research and survey before I was forced, kicking and protesting, to retire. Among the worst were WWII defence installations which were being assessed to to determine whether they should be designated as historic monuments. One in particular which I remember was a well preserved coastal battery in Suffolk dating from 1940; pretty much everything was still there except the guns, but the compartments to the rear – magazine and accommodation for the crew etc. – were below ground and flooded. I had a torch and wellies but baulked at the prospect of actually wading into the murk. Who knows what lurked beneath the surface of that dark water.

    #75227
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @mudlark After watching the two extant episodes, I was reading about the audience reception.  Apparently a significant number of television sets had been purchased at the time of the coronation. But there was little experience of actually watching a thriller on TV. On the basis of the two episodes I watched last night I can only imagine the response of the average television viewer  in the UK to “The Quatermass Experiment” in 1953. They must have been terrified!

     

    #75229
    Mudlark @mudlark

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Yes, the coronation of QEII saw a major boost in the sale of TV sets in the UK. As you may remember, this featured as a major plot device in The Idiot’s Lantern, where the Tenth Doctor and Rose inadvertently end up in London in 1953. It was also the case in Norfolk where we lived, although there was no transmitter serving the area at the time, so those who did purchase a TV set  probably viewed everything through a snowstorm of static. As for my family, we listened to the proceedings on radio before heading to the village for the local bucolic celebrations. And yes, almost everything then on TV had the greater impact of novelty, so the first Quatermass series must have had an almost seismic shock effect, though I don’t remember  hearing of it

    When it came to Quatermass II I was well aware and remember each week waiting impatiently for an account of the latest episode from more fortunate classmates who did have TV sets.

     

    #75232
    Oochillyo @oochillyo

    hey everyone 🙂 🙂 how are you all 🙂 🙂

    I’m meant to be going out at 9 ish today (Morning) but its 2am haha just watched the most crazy funny film in a long time 🙂

    At first it had German music and I knew the song cause used to listen to it and other German songs cause this girl at school not sure if I’ve mentioned her but yeah

    And was like ah another reminder of her of recent so stayed to hear the song and the film was crazy from start and it got cooler and cooler and funny and like the coolness changed but it was like wow how crazy is this and then funny like seriously I just found a classic like for me if I can watch again I’ll be happy 🙂

    Great acting – funny moments , lot of cool visuals like the electric like the classic Tesla electric equipment , amazing stunts , the gadgets ha what a joy 🙂 02:25

    Maybe it started as crazy and became ridiculous but like just pure fun level 11/10 🙂

    Ooo and just found it its part of a trilogy wow haha 🙂 02:14

    Film was called X X X (or Triple X) Radical Mission

    film triple x radical mission poster – Search Images (bing.com) XXX - Missão Radical filme - Veja onde assistir

    I even forgot how bonkers the start was it was kinda Matrix like wow this film it changes and is soo crazy and fun and interesting I am soo happy someone made this film – yes had sad and tough topics but I still enjoyed the overall film and how fun and crazy it all was and sweet ending, its like James Bond but turbo 🙂

    Take care everyone stay positive hugs health happiness and love 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Regards – Declan Sargent

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    #75240
    winston @winston

    @dentarthurdent and @mudlark    Your talk of scary cellars and viaducts reminded me of our spooky cellar when I was  child. We lived in a very old log home built in the 1880s that had a very dark cellar with a dirt floor. I was about 8 yrs old and had a very active imagination and was convinced that people or pets were buried down there.For months I refused to go down there unless I was made to and then I almost peed myself with fright.Did I mention that the stairs were open so I thought something might grab my feet on my way back up them? Finally I had to tell my Father what was scaring me and to his credit he didn’t just laugh it off although he also told me I was an idiot… in a kind way. I was still terrified and in the end he spent a whole summer digging out the floor so it wasn’t so claustrophobic, pouring a cement floor and painting all of it bright white. No dark corners for monsters to hide in  and no skeletons under the old floor. I never loved the cellar but it was better after that.

    To tie this into the films thread I had managed to watch the old black and white version of “Night of the Living Dead” (I had an older brother) a few months before we moved into the house.That movie scared me more than any movie has since.

    stay out of dark places

    #75242
    Dentarthurdent @dentarthurdent

    @mudlark @winston I had a slightly alarming subterranean experience. I visited a little old sewage pumping station, built in the 1920’s. Auckland City had done things properly, with a little control building at ground level, and little underground pump room maybe 20 feet below it. So as I entered the control building and switched all the lights on, I could see it was a nice little room with all mod cons – a flush toilet in one corner, a desk and chair, a handbasin, it even had hot water thanks to a Zip heater (a thing a bit like a whistling kettle, but cylindrical and fixed to the wall). You could live in there. In another corner was the shaft down to the pump room, about two feet square. So I clambered down this shaft, into a little room with two small eletric-motor-driven pumps, one of which was whirring away contentedly. As I took notes, I heard a faint moaning sound, which very slowly increased to a definite howl – impossible to tell where it was coming from, in such echoing surroundings it was everywhere at once. All I could think of was maybe one of the pump bearings was starting to sieze, which – conceivably – could lead to the pump shaft seal being destroyed and sewage squirting everywhere, not an attractive prospect. By now the howl was quite scarily loud. So I started back up the ladder as fast as I could, with the howl rising to a scream, banged my head on the handrail at the top but just managed not to fall back down the shaft, at which point the howl rapidly died down as the Zip heater (which I had inadvertently switched on along with the lights) switched itself off thermostatically.

    #75256
    winston @winston

    @dentarthurdent     Don’t you just hate when that happens? We Whovians just have very active imaginations I guess! I am a grown women who is terrified of the dark to this day.

    stay safe

    #75257
    Dentarthurdent @dentarthurdent

    @winston By rights I should have probably reported it to Health & Safety, since the noise could interfere with communication, and the possibility of banging your head on the handrail when exiting the shaft and falling back down it was a definite hazard, noise or not. They would probably just have made it compulsory to wear a hard hat though, which was always a pain. So I didn’t.

    #75264
    Oochillyo @oochillyo

    hey everyone 🙂 🙂 how are you all 🙂 🙂

    I have wrote soo much today over 2000 words in my story but just here now cause that film Triple X Secret Mission is on again and I am watching with joy all over my face 🙂

    Take care everyone stay positive hugs health happiness and love 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Regards – Declan Sargent

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