Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Thing (1982)
The Thing is a science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. Ostensibly a remake of the 1951 Christian Nyby film The Thing from Another World, Carpenter's film is a more faithful adaptation of the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr., which inspired the 1951 film. John Carpenter has always expressed his love of so-called b-movies and creature features from the 50s and 60s. An undoubted classic if this era was The Thing From Another World, directed by Christian Nyby and produced by JCs favourite director, Howard Hawks. This black and white film is a great example of 50s sci-fi and those films claimed to have been particularly influenced by the reds-under-the-bed hysteria surrounding the McCarthy era. The film manages to transcend it's man-in-a-rubber-suit origins and succeed in scaring the audience.
After the successes of Halloween and EFNY JC was definitely Hollywood's horror movie director of choice to remake this classic movie. The original heavily distorted the original source, a short story entitled Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. In the B&W version the shapeshifting qualities of the alien are replaced with a simple, though effective, monster movie. With the state of the art in special effects Carpenter brings the paranoid qualities of the original novel to the screen.
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