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Movie #11: The Thing

The Thing

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Doing a bit of catching up here. I watched this with snakewich on 21 February. chebutykin insisted I needed to see it.

I think that the storyline was good, but I had a hard time getting into it. I didn't really go into it with any preconceptions, but it didn't really resonate with me. I liked the animatronic monsters, even though they were kind of cheesy. The suspense was high in that even the audience doesn't know who has been infected. Maybe watching this during a snowstorm made me want to run away all the more, since the movie is set in Antarctica, during winter. This, by the way, caused a lot of distraction for me, because depending how far south the base is, there should hardly be any daylight at all, but so many of the exterior shots seemed to be during the daytime. I think I had seen this movie starting from when the dude gets his hands eaten off by that other dude's chest.

This won't take the place of Big Trouble in Little China as my favorite Kurt Russell movie, but it was funny seeing a much younger Wilford Brimley, and saying through the whole thing, "Man, that guy sounds like Wilford Brimley; he even looks a bit like him," only to find out that, yes, Virginia, that is Wilford Brimley.


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Mar. 14th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
The original Hawkes version: "The Thing From Another World" is much better for its time.

If you want a good Carpenter flick, "In the Mouth of Madness" is the best you can get. Lovecraft done by Carpenter.

Mar. 14th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
In the Mouth of Madness is very good. I'm not a big horror fan, but that was a great movie.
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree. I would give it a 3 out of 5 as well.
It had good suspense and the cinematography was very good.
But it just felt a bit fragmented to me at times and there were a few logic jumps I had trouble following.

It was fun to watch though :)
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