Banzai Retro Club October 2017: Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The Banzai Retro Club are gathering members to co-create cross platform blog, podcast and social media posts based on all things retro from movies and television to music, fashion and more. For October 2017 it seemed appropriate to focus on horror movies, specifically the horror movie that scared us the first time we watched it.

Horror movies have never scared me, my mate at college introduced me to all kinds of 70s and 80s white label VHS delights that he used to pick up from a local “horror and martial arts” movie dealer in Manchester. As a child of the 70s I grew up watching movies on television from the 40s, 50s and 60s which included wonderful movies from Universal, Alfred Hitchcock and Hammer Horror. Gore, zombies and creatures are great but it’s the psychological horror movies that float my boat like Night of the Demon (1957), The Haunting (1963), The Devil Rides Out (1968), The Wicker Man (1973) and the science fiction horror Quatermass and the Pit.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Quatermass and the Pit (a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth in the United States) is a 1967 British science fiction horror film from Hammer Film Productions, a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like its predecessors, it is based on the BBC Television serials written by Nigel Kneale. It was directed by Roy Ward Baker and stars Andrew Keir in the title role as Professor Bernard Quatermass with James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover in co-starring roles.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The storyline centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground at Hobbs End . Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own, and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

The movie includes several scenes where telekinetic forces manipulate people and objects, alien mind control, mass panic and destruction, mobs of people turning on each other, and the scene that haunted my dreams as a child of a giant physical manifestation of a devil like alien created from energy. The overall horror element is underplayed until the final scenes of the movie and science plays a major role in defeating the other worldly threat. Classic British horror at its best, you can watch the original trailer over on Killer Cosmonaut, my Facebook page dedicated to everything retro from the 1920s to 1970s.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Continue your horror movie journey with the Banzai Retro Club, you can check out more posts from other members by following the links below.

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Custom Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movie VCR’s by Sorce CodeVhs

Hand painted and illustrated custom VCR’s featuring artwork from classic Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies such as The Evil Dead, Escape from New York, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jurassic Park by Sorce CodeVhs.

The Evil Dead custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

Sorce CodeVhs created a graffiti art custom VCR and, as he was sitting at home watching VHS movies and browsing poster artwork online, the idea of illustrating those posters onto video recorders was born. Starting with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, he used his VHS collection as reference and created several more for happy customers.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“The process: I use many different techniques to achieve the finished deck including free hand drawing and painting, rubs, transfers, stencils. I use spray paint, acrylic, paint pens, anything that will make a mark on a VCR I will utilize if it helps me. It’s been a learning process as a VCR is not the easiest thing to paint on.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“We had a custom Jurassic Park and Nightmare on Elm Street made. His work is absolutely outstanding!! A+++” Kelsea Young, 2016.

Jurassic Park custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“Josh at LunchmeatVHS.com and @thewallofvhs on Instagram really helped me by initially taking notice and sharing the deck with their followers. Super grateful for those guys help.”

To enquire about prices and keep track of new projects check out Sorce CodeVhs on Facebook Instagram or by email: sorceproductions@gmail.com

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Children of the Corn custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs
Escape from New York custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs
Escape from New York custom VCR by Sorce CodeVhs

“My custom Escape from NY is getting his final touches as I write these lines. It is beyond all my expectations and more, worth every single penny !!!!” Francisco Laranjo, 2016.

Spookshow Pin-ups by Ant Lucia

A series of twelve illustrations based on classic movie monsters and their pin-up counterparts by Ant Lucia. King Kong, Dracula, The Mummy and Wolfman never had it so good.

“Spookshow Pinups was my debut line I developed when I first started this particular style. I started doing pinup illustrations but wanted to do a collection that had a common theme as my first series.  I’ve always been a fan of classic movie monsters and noticed that a majority of the vintage posters featured a damsel in distress. The dames always look terrified by the monsters, in mine I wanted to present them as if it where more of a romantic comedy.”

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NOSFERATU by Ant Lucia
DEVIL by Ant Lucia
FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER by Ant Lucia
DRACULA by Ant Lucia
WOLFMAN by Ant Lucia
THE MUMMY by Ant Lucia
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON by Ant Lucia
INVISIBLE MAN by Ant Lucia
GIANT OCTOPUS by Ant Lucia
ROBBY THE ROBOT by Ant Lucia
ZOMBIE by Ant Lucia
KING KONG by Ant Lucia

Monsters – digital illustrations of horror classics by Ian Skelton

Digital illustrations of Universal Studios and 1980’s monsters by designer Ian Skelton. I remember watching the black & white horror classics Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy as a young boy. When the late 70s and 80s hit we were introduced to a whole new breed of iconic horror movies and TV shows including Hellraiser, The Evil Dead, Critters and Tales from the Crypt. You can see more of Ian Skelton’s design and illustration work via Instagram.

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Hellraiser Pinhead, Critters, Evil Dead & Tales from the Crypt by Ian Skelton
Universal Monsters Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf Man & Phantom by Ian Skelton
Universal Monsters Frankenstein, Bride, The Mummy & Invisible Man by Ian Skelton

Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

What happens if you take a much loved Disney Princess and introduce an unexpected element of horror and disorder into her life? Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros re-creates scenes from Disney movies and adds pop culture references into the mix. Sleeping Beauty would obviously meet Freddy in her dreams,  Ariel has a run in with The Creature from the Black Lagoon and poor young Arthur is denied his one chance to become the King of England.

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Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Blood Forrest - Snow White vs Jason Vorhees
Blood Forrest
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Never Sleep Again - Sleeping Beauty vs Freddy Krueger
Never Sleep Again
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Horrorland - Peter Pan vs Michael Myers
Horrorland
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - You Gotta Kiss The Girl - Ariel vs The Creature from the Black Lagoon
You Gotta Kiss The Girl
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Suburban Coiffe - Alice in Wonderland vs Edward Scissorhands
Suburban Coiffe
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - A Clockwork Apple - Snow White vs A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Apple
Disenchanted Disney by Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros - Born to be Queen - Sword in the Stone vs Freddie Mercury
Born to be Queen

 

Custom made alternative clothing and cosplay by Frockasaurus

Alternative clothing and costumes from Frockasaurus on Etsy – Stand out from the sartorial herbivores. Victorian gowns, Adventure Time and The Walking Dead dresses, Horror skirts and amazing cosplay creations, handmade in the UK by Kaz Hall. As all garments are made to order production times may vary depending on workload and availability of materials.

Speaking of time… first up is this Femme Sixth Doctor ‘Colin Baker’ Cosplay comprising of jacket, corset-waistcoat, neck-tie and skirt.

Doctor Who - Femme Sixth Doctor Colin Baker Cosplay by Frockasaurus
Doctor Who – Femme Sixth Doctor Colin Baker Cosplay comprising of jacket, corset-waistcoat, neck-tie and skirt.

 

Two Face Lolita Cosplay by Frockasaurus
Why not flip a coin to decide if you should order this ‘Two Face’ Lolita Cosplay based on Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever comprising of jacket, skirt and shirt.

You can follow the on-line adventures Frockasaurus on Twitter and Facebook.

“In my very distant past I worked for Bermans and Nathans Theatrical and Film Costumers in London, where I made wonderful and interesting things such as elf costumes for Santa Claus the Movie, Egyptian mummies for Young Sherlock Holmes and accessories for Indiana Jones. Later I worked as a seamstress with the designer John Galliano.”

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Adventure Time cotton fabric skater dress by Frockasaurus
Adventure Time cotton fabric skater dress, fully lined including net underskirt.

 

Dress made from Marvel Avengers fabric by Frockasaurus
Dress made from Marvel Avengers fabric, fully lined including net underskirt.

 

The Walking Dead Dress by Frockasaurus
The Walking Dead Dress comes in a choice of either comic strip or zombies fabric, fully lined including net underskirt.

 

Horror Movie poster skirt by Frockasaurus
Horror Movie poster skirt with net underskirt.

 

Horror Movie poster skirt by Frockasaurus
Horror Movie poster skirt with net underskirt.

 

Skirt or dress hand made from Doctor Who fabric by Frockasaurus
Skirt or dress hand made from Doctor Who fabric, fully lined including net underskirt.

 

Skirt or dress hand made from My Neighbour Totoro fabric by Frockasaurus
Skirt or dress hand made from My Neighbour Totoro fabric, fully lined including net underskirt.

 

Victorian/Edwardian style mourning gown by Frockasaurus
Made to order late Victorian/Edwardian style mourning gown for your Lady in Black, Vampire or Steampunk cosplay. Made from black reversed satin, partly overlaid with lace, trimmed with velvet ribbon and pleated satin, lace is beaded with black flower sequins and the buttons are French black glass, this garment is a work of art.

IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans

Illustrator Ed Harrington has drawn up a series of IKEA style instruction sheets for famous movie monsters via his Instagram account nothinghappenedtoday. Freddy Krueger, Alien, Jason Voorhees and Pinhead rub shoulders with Beetlejuice, the aliens from They Live and The Walking Dead.

These handy guides detail the items you require and give basic construction guidelines for each miscreant. Not sure what the Allen key is for, but it looks like it comes with every set. You can never have too many Allen keys.

October 2017 UPDATE: Now with more added horror including Candyman, Hannibal Lecter and Carrie.

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IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Gremlins by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Beetlejuice by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - They Live by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Lost Bosy by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Walking Dead by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Pet Cemetery by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Freddy Krueger by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Ring by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Alien by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Jason Voorhees by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Human Centipede
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Pinhead Hellraiser by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - The Fly by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Edward Scissorhands by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Winslow by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Candyman by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Damien from The Omen by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Carrie by Ed Harrington
IKEA Instructions for Horror Fans - Hannibal Lecter by Ed Harrington