Alucarda… I’ve had too few conversations about Alucarda… and by this I mean I’ve had no conversations about Alucarda because no one I’ve met has seen it. Which is a terrible thing, because this is a fantastic, phantasmagoric, colour-drenched masterpiece of supernatural horror.
Quatermass and the Pit is one of a handful of Hammer films (The Devil Rides Out, The Vampire Lovers, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth) so giddily inventive, consummately written and thoroughly enjoyable that it has not only withstood the test of time, it has risen up to become a pinnacle of the genre. Sort of. Certainly, the film is underappreciated. It is also difficult to assign to a single genre, being that it marries bizzaro science fiction to Lovecraftian horror and mixes in a dash of the supernatural.