Remakes & Reboots : The Thing

Who doesn’t love cheesy B monster movies from the ’50s : The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Them, and the granddaddy of them all, Godzilla, are all considered classics of the genre to this day.

One more vintage monster from this period is The Thing from Another World. I don’t think that anyone in this day and age would be scared seeing Marshall Matt Dillon (actor James Arness) of Gunsmoke fame as a plant from another planet. I mean, how scary can a man dressed up in a rubber suit and shuffling along à la Frankenstein really be?

Enter John Carpenter. In the 80s, this director was well known and loved by sci-fi and horror fans. Fresh off the success of Halloween (1978) and Escape from New York (1981), he seemed like the perfect choice to put a new coat of paint on this creature feature. And boy did he ever.

He basically fleshed out the story to its bare essentials (i.e. a group of researchers isolated in the Antarctic find evidence of an alien visitation) and amped up the tension to an extraordinary level. Add to this premise a stupendous cast, amazing special effects and a distressing conclusion, and you have a clear winner.

A classic.

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