The Thing from another world (1951)

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The Thing from another world (1951)

Post  BoG on Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:48 pm

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The seminal alien invader film, jump-starting that whole fifties plethora of hostile aliens from outer space and rampant paranoia about what is 'out there.' Of course, within the context of this film, it's not being paranoid to worry about such threats. This was based on the famous John Campbell story "Who Goes There?" about a shape-changing alien, but changed the concept to a man-shaped plant alien (played by very tall Jim Arness). The alien is discovered in the Arctic by a research team, frozen in a block of ice. We can predict what follows: the block of ice thaws...


One strength to the narrative is the isolated location, naturally lending a chill to the proceedings, but the story also becomes a study of American teamwork and management, headed authoritatively by Ken Tobey's military man. Not all members of the group always agree with his assessments, notably one scientist who wants to communicate with the creature, but Tobey never wavers - this threat has challenged him and his group, and must be destroyed. This no-nonsense approach must have been at the direction of producer Howard Hawks, though the credited director is Christian Nyby. BoG's Score: 7.5 out of 10
Trivia from the Thing: The last lines of dialog contain the famous warning about Keep Watching the Skies; Bill Warren used this as the title for his book on fifties sf cinema; remade in 1982 by John Carpenter, who followed the original concept of the story.
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