Posters for Quatermass And The Pit (1967)

Detail from French poster
Detail from French poster

Hammer’s QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (aka 5 MILLION YEARS TO EARTH) is a big screen adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. It is well-acted by Andrew Kier, James Donald, Barbara Shelley, Bryan Marshall, Julian Glover and Duncan Lamont, it is also genuinely creepy and full of great ideas.

I like how writer Nigel Kneale managed to merge the story of a delayed alien invasion with concepts involving the evolution of man, possession, ghost sightings, the horned imagery of the devil, telekinesis, and so on.

There are lots of great touches: the renaming of the street Hobb’s Lane, the policeman getting spooked in the abandoned house, the ‘living’ spacecraft, Duncan Lamont’s ‘possession’, the finale featuring people psychically killing anyone who is ‘different’ to them and the horned spectre of a martian rearing over London.

The film also has one of my favourite end credits sequences, where the exhausted protagonists just stand/sit, not talking, as the credits roll past.

One of Hammer’s best movies, I think. I love it!

Here are some of the posters that have been created for the film…

UK quad poster
UK quad poster
US one-sheet
US one-sheet
German poster
German poster
French poster
French poster
Turkish poster
Turkish poster
UK quad poster: Quatermass and the Pit/Circus of Fear
UK quad poster: Quatermass and the Pit/Circus of Fear
Italian poster
Italian poster
Spanish poster
Spanish poster
Australian daybill poster
Australian daybill poster
Belgian poster
Belgian poster
French poster
French poster
UK poster
UK poster
US poster
US poster
UK poster
UK poster
Metal poster by artist Mr Zero
Poster by Jez Owen
Poster by Jez Owen
2017 Flood Gallery poster by Glyn Smyth
2017 Flood Gallery poster by Glyn Smyth
Art by Chris Skinner
Art by Chris Skinner

Some lobby cards…

Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card
Lobby card

Some DVD & Blu-ray covers…

UK Blu-ray/DVD cover
UK Blu-ray/DVD cover
Spanish DVD cover
Spanish DVD cover
Greek DVD cover
Greek DVD cover
French DVD cover
French DVD cover
UK DVD cover
UK DVD cover
German DVD cover
German DVD cover
Reverse of the UK Blu-ray Steelbook
Reverse of the UK Blu-ray Steelbook

Here’s a book cover…

Kim Newman's British Film Institute book focuses on Roy Ward Baker's 1967 film
Kim Newman’s British Film Institute book focuses on Roy Ward Baker’s 1967 film

And finally, here’s a shot from John Carpenter’s IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994): John Trent (Sam Neill) looks at a poster for a fictional horror book called ‘The Hobb’s End Horror’, which is a nod to the name of the subway station in QUATERMASS AND THE PIT.

'The Hobb's End Horror'...
‘The Hobb’s End Horror’…

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