Thread: The Thing

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    yes that's right. I just saw "the thing" for the first time tonight. 26 years after its release. And man oh man I love every bit of it. I mean yeah okay....alien thing takes over a bunch of secluded people with nowhere to run. The idea has been done before. But what a great piece of filmmaking. When I read about it I had this mental picture of some 2 hour film where you only get to see the alien for the last 5 minutes of film before the credits. I'm glad I was wrong. Right from almost the beginning of the film you see loads of crazy blood guts special effects. Perfect example of a concept with a lot of potential where they made use of all that potention when translating it to film. And I don't think my girlfriend's jumped so much from any other film. And for something this old that's quite an accomplishment.

    ONLY thing that sucks about this film is the special effects of the alien ship flying at earth and the cheezy looking title. But hey, the rest of it's awesome. And unlike other movies of the 80's the survivors don't get miraculously rescued at the end of the film just after they finally manage to conquer their foe.

    *edit* I'm seriously considering buying this film.
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    Indeed, "The Thing" is one of John Carpenter's best horror movies of all time.
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    I think it's the ultimate Sci-fi horror combo movie of all time besides "Aliens" and "Alien".
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    Aliens is cool but Alien is a bit too dramatic for me. It needs more action and weird special effects
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    I felt the same way the first time I saw it. I thought it would be some cheesy film before watching it but was happy to know it was a well made film. Someone recommended it to me but whenever he mentioned it I would have a mental picture of some raggedy looking alien because the box cover showed some silhouette (sp?) of a humanoid like creature.

    Just goes to show you that you shouldn't be biased towards a movie before you watch it.
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    Quote by Predaking
    I felt the same way the first time I saw it. I thought it would be some cheesy film before watching it but was happy to know it was a well made film. Someone recommended it to me but whenever he mentioned it I would have a mental picture of some raggedy looking alien because the box cover showed some silhouette (sp?) of a humanoid like creature.

    Just goes to show you that you shouldn't be biased towards a movie before you watch it.


    Well you just think "hmm alien that takes the form of humans. Probably just a cheap excuse to save on special effects and leave your imagination to come up with all the cool stuff" But man did they ever go all out. And it's a really freaky idea too. Sorta reminds me of the t-1000 but in a more graphic way. And it can take over more than one thing at a time. Also reminded me of those cyborg things in virus. Especially that scene where the head sprouts legs and starts to walk away. I suddenly was reminded of that scene in virus with the cyborg that comes alive on their inspection table and the head grows its own legs and starts attacking.
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    Great movie, the part where that dog change freaks me out.
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    it's all about the part where his flamethrower fails so the guy has enough time to mutate and eat one of their friends
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    Quote by Drakon
    Aliens is cool but Alien is a bit too dramatic for me. It needs more action and weird special effects


    Aliens was the best one in the series. I have to give alien it's props for being an original idea. The fact is that they really didn't have a lot of money or a built in audience for the first film. The did great with what they had at the time. I think it worked out for the best though. The first film has some amazing sets and it really has that horror movie feel to it. I really don't remember a lot about the thing. I think I have that on dvd some place. May check that out.
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    There was a thread about this somewhere on this board, but I can't find it, and I think I may have started it. Anyhow it's one of my favorite movies. And if you haven't played the XBOX video game "The Thing", take time to do so, it's basically a sequel, and answers a lot of questions left by the film.
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    Great movie, lots of fun and gore. Kinda cool how the ended the movie the way they did. I heard there is a new movie in the works, saw a trailer not sure if it's official.
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    Must be a sequel or prequel.
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    Not only is John Carpenter's "The Thing" one of the greatest horror movies around, it has - in my opinion - some of the best special effects make-up I have ever seen in any film. The scene where the head is ripped from the body and turns into an alien was the best scene ever.
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    Quote by NotSoMightyMax
    Not only is John Carpenter's "The Thing" one of the greatest horror movies around, it has - in my opinion - some of the best special effects make-up I have ever seen in any film. The scene where the head is ripped from the body and turns into an alien was the best scene ever.


    I'm not sure where I heard this, I think maybe in an interview in the bonus features of the DVD, but the special effects guy had a nervous breakdown on the set of the film. I think he ended up being fine, but he was working so hard, and was under so much pressure that he just snapped.
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