John Carpenter's The Thing.

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Kirkman1987, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. davejames

    davejames Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2001
    Location:
    Sac, Ca
    That's one of my favorite things about the movie, and Russell's performance. As much as you want to root for him and take his side, he plays the character so cool and mysterious that you're not always sure you can trust him.
     
  2. Davros

    Davros Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2001
    Location:
    Kaled bunker, Skaro
    Which I'm sure some will call a rip off of The Thing.
     
  3. Kirkman1987

    Kirkman1987 Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2008
    Location:
    Missouri
    :lol:

    They would've had to have been mostly human at least up to the blood test, but after that I don't see much of a problem. Either way, I agree that the almost total mystery of the whole thing is one of the film's highlights.

    Also, "I know you guys have been through a lot today, but could one of you help me so I don't spend the whole winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH." :) Fun line.
     
  4. wildstar

    wildstar Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    I like to think that it's more like an actor taking on a role. As much as they would get into the emotion and mood of the role, at heart they know they're an actor. The Thing would always know it's itself no matter how perfect it duplicates the victim.

    Either way, great movie.
     
  5. pookha

    pookha Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Location:
    pookha
    yeah it was a lot more faithful to campbell's who goes there.

    and i see the x files episode sorta as a loose sequel.

    :)
     
  6. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2001
    Location:
    Behind enemy lines
    Oh yeah I love that line :lol:
     
  7. Reverend

    Reverend Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2002
    Location:
    UK
    Because of this thread I went and watched the DVD last night and tried to keep track of who's who and what happened when. What makes it so hard is that there are thing intentionally left out, like when that bloke finds MacReady's shredded clothes out in the snow and very quickly turns up burnt to a crisp only for the cook to find them again, this time in MacReady's shack. Omissions like that are clearly meant to make the audience just as paranoid as the characters.

    Mind you, I can't figure out what happened to the cook; I know he went into the generator room with MacReady and sheriff blokey - the latter getting a face full of doc-thing's hand - but I'm not sure we see what happens to the cook, unless I blinked and missed something.
     
  8. barnaclelapse

    barnaclelapse Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Location:
    Waverly, VA.
    The Thing is probably the best of Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy" (which also includes "In The Mouth of Madness" and "Prince of Darkness" and may also be one of the best horror films of the 80's.
     
  9. JWD75

    JWD75 Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Location:
    jovian system
    My all time favorite movie.
     
  10. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2001
    Location:
    Behind enemy lines
    Oh I love Prince of Darkness, but oddly I've only ever seen In the Mouth of Maddness the once. Not because I hated it, just simply never got around to rewatching it. I really must correct that omission cos I suspect it's probably the last good film he made. Well it or Escape from LA whichever was later ;)

    Has there been a 'favourite Carpenter film' thread lately?

    Although that would be a pain cos I reckon I'd have a four way tie vying for one vote!
     
  11. Base_Delta_Zero

    Base_Delta_Zero Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    May 4, 2004
    Location:
    Maine
    Favorite film.

    I watch this and Die Hard every Christmas Eve, cause wisecracking heroes, gun battles, Antarctic paranoia and genestealing alien menaces are the perfect way to celebrate the birth of Christ.

    Man, the 80s have the best movies.
     
  12. barnaclelapse

    barnaclelapse Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Location:
    Waverly, VA.
    70's and 80's seem to have an awful lot of good stuff for me. That isn't to say great movies still aren't being put out there. I'm just going with sentimental favorites.
     
  13. Servo

    Servo Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2003
    Location:
    Manchester, England
    One of my favourite films ever. It's pretty much perfect.
     
  14. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2001
    Location:
    Kansas City
    Brilliant movie.

    It's also Antarctica's National Movie!

    LINK
     

Share This Page