X: The Unknown


Dirs. Joseph Losey, Leslie Norman GB 1956 80 mins  (18; CFT PG)
Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern, Anthony Newley

After the atomic bombs of 1945 and nuclear testing following, radioactivity became the great source of danger and mutation. In this early Hammer horror, a group of soldiers on exercise in Scotland come across a gravel pit that is highly radioactive. While investigations start, people start to die. A US researcher theorises that it may be a monster under the earth  that is feeding off radioactivity.

Great American director Joseph Losey started the film, but soon left the production to be completed by father of Barry Norman.