Mysterious events surround the sudden appearance of a gaping fissure in Scotland: soldiers on manoeuvres nearby develop a debilitating sickness and a small boy is later engulfed by an eerie presence. The child subsequently dies of first-degree radiation burns, similar to those that killed one of the soldiers. Mankind is at the mercy of a seemingly unstoppable organism that melts the flesh of those in its path. Atomic energy specialist Dr Adam Royston (Dean Jagger) and his colleague McGill (Leo McKern) investigate the deadly phenomenon, which they trace to the depths of the fissure. As the death toll rises, Royston devises a daring plan to snare the creature in a lethal radioactive trap... X the Unknown was only the second of Hammer's horror productions, but contained some of the most grisly and disturbing special effects seen in any of the company's films. This DVD features the original uncut British theatrical print of X the Unknown and bonus material featuring the film's screenwriter Jimmy Sangster.

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X The Unknown (1957)

Horror/Mystery/Science-Fiction · 1h 21m

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It rises from 2000 miles below the earth to melt everything in its path!

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Mysterious events surround the sudden appearance of a gaping fissure in Scotland: soldiers on manoeuvres nearby develop a debilitating sickness and a small boy is later engulfed by an eerie presence. The child subsequently dies of first-degree radiation burns, similar to those that killed one of the soldiers. Mankind is at the mercy of a seemingly unstoppable organism that melts the flesh of those in its path. Atomic energy specialist Dr Adam Royston (Dean Jagger) and his colleague McGill (Leo McKern) investigate the deadly phenomenon, which they trace to the depths of the fissure. As the death toll rises, Royston devises a daring plan to snare the creature in a lethal radioactive trap... X the Unknown was only the second of Hammer's horror productions, but contained some of the most grisly and disturbing special effects seen in any of the company's films. This DVD features the original uncut British theatrical print of X the Unknown and bonus material featuring the film's screenwriter Jimmy Sangster.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom

Production Company

Hammer Film Productions
Cast
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Dean Jagger

Dr. Adam Royston
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Edward Chapman

John Elliott
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Leo McKern

Insp. McGill
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Anthony Newley

LCpl. 'Spider' Webb
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Jameson Clark

Jack Harding
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William Lucas

Peter Elliott
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Peter Hammond

Lt. Bannerman
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Marianne Brauns

Zena, the Nurse
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Ian MacNaughton

Haggis (as Ian McNaughton)
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Michael Ripper

Sgt. Harry Grimsdyke
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John Harvey

Maj. Cartwright
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Edwin Richfield

Soldier Burned on Back
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Jane Aird

Vi Harding
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Norman Macowan

Old Tom
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Neil Hallett

Unwin (as Neil Hallet)
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Kenneth Cope

Sapper Lansing
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Michael Brooke

Willie Harding
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Frazer Hines

Ian Osborn (as Fraser Hines)
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Max Brimmell

Hospital Director (uncredited)
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Robert Bruce

Dr. Kelly (uncredited)
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Angela Crow

Bit Part (uncredited)
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Brown Derby

Vicar (uncredited)
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Raymond Dudley

Bit Part (uncredited)
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Archie Duncan

Sgt. Yeardye (uncredited)
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Lawrence James

Gerard (uncredited)
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Edward Judd

2nd Soldier (uncredited)
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Stella Kemball

Willie's Room Nurse (uncredited)
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Jack Lambert

(uncredited)
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Stevenson Lang

Reporter (uncredited)
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Philip Levene

Security Man (uncredited)
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Brian Peck

1st Soldier (uncredited)
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Anthony Sagar

Gateman (uncredited)
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Barry Steele

Soldier in Trench (uncredited)
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John Stirling

Police Car Driver (uncredited)
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John Stone

Jerry (uncredited)
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French Taylor

PC Williams (uncredited)
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Shaw Taylor

Police Radio Operator (uncredited)
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Neil Wilson

Russell (uncredited)
Crew
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Jimmy Sangster

Writer
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Leslie Norman

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

X: The Unknown

(DVD)

7/11/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

X the Unknown

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

2/18/2020

$22.70 -$5.29 (19%)

Disc Title Front Cover

X the Unknown

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

X the Unknown

(DVD)

7/27/2004

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