The Thing from Another World
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A UFO crashes near an isolated military base in the far Arctic.Scientists recover the craft's now-frozen alien pilot and take it back to their base. While debating whether to study the alien, try to communicate with it or kill it, the pilot awakens--and the scientists' question of if it is friend or foe is quickly answered.Now, trapped in a frozen wasteland with an unstoppable, nonhuman creature that sees them as prey, the small band of scientists come face to face with The Thing.]]>
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Yes, the credits list Christian Nyby as director, but Howard Hawks was on the set nearly every day, each scene has elements of style unique to Hawks, alone, and even the cast members, when interviewed, have said Hawks ran the entire show. Perhaps, as Science Fiction films were not highly regarded in the early 50s, he felt his reputation might suffer if he acknowledged his contribution; perhaps he thought it might help Nyby's credentials if he were given credit for this masterfully crafted tale. Who knows? But rest assured...this IS a Howard Hawks film!
The story, based on John Campbell's short story, 'Who Goes There?', is a nifty, claustrophobic tale of a group of soldiers and scientists in the Arctic, discovering a giant 'flying saucer' under the ice. When the ship blows up during the excavation, the 'pilot', a huge green chlorophyll-based humanoid (played by a young James Arness), is recovered, frozen in a block of ice. Bringing the ice-encased figure back to the base, it is then accidentally thawed out...and all Hell brakes loose!
While the cast lacks big-name stars, each actor is wonderful, delivering wryly funny Hawks' dialogue at a breakneck pace. The military commander, Capt. Hendry (Kenneth Tobey), is a no-nonsense boss, respected and lovingly chided by his men, led by Dewey Martin, who constantly try to 'set him up' with a pretty scientist he had 'struck out' with, on a recent 'leave' (Margaret Sheridan).Read more ›
As John Carpenter reminded us in his 1982 "remake," the 1951 version is not even remotely faithful to John W. Campbell, Jr.'s classic sci-fi short story, "Who Goes There?" Campbell wrote of a stranger visitor from another planet who could take on human appearance, so that the problem was that you never knew if the guy sitting next to you was your buddy or the monster. "The Thing" offers a monster from outer space, but with atmosphere, pacing and wit rarely seen on the silver screen. Charles Lederer gets screen credit for the script, but we know know both Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht had a hand in the writing as well (you can find Lederer's original script on line to check out the differences for yourself), and it has been taken as gospel for years that Hawks had some hand in the direction as well (as did Orson Welles according to some). After all, this was Christian Nyby's first screen credit as a director and he went on to direct mostly television series from "Gunsmoke" to "Kojak.Read more ›
The problem with any VHS video release up until now has been the deletion of approximately seven minutes of the movie, including the famous bondage scene between Kenneth Tobey and Margaret Sheridan. This was quite significant for a movie that only ran 87 minutes originally but also deprived Margaret Sheridan of enough screen time to justify her receiving top billing. The 50th anniversary edition not only restores all the missing footage (available for years on laserdisc only) but only shines in a newly remastered print.
For anyone who despairs of today's "Blood and Guts" sci fi and horror films that have been bankrupt of imagination for years, this a return to a time when a small budget and unknown cast didn't necessarily mean a poor picture.
Now that my wishes have been granted, I only have one question left. When can we expect the DVD?
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I am a fan of the older Classic movies. This is a great one to add to my collection.Published 8 days ago by J. Leifer
I was 11 years old when I saw "The Thing!".As a child it was the scariest movie I had ever seen. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Victor P Ganderson
Saw this one as a kid and realized how much I never noticed when I saw it so long ago. Enjoyed the creativity of the science fiction.Published 15 days ago by Gene Bordy
Classic monster movie, it's a little bit chatty for my taste, and you barely see the monster. I like the John Carpenter remake better, but this is pretty good for what it is, and... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cass G
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|Extra footage from "The Thing"?||
I believe I saw the same version on Turner Classic Movies that Cave Bear references. That particular version, while having additional footage, also suffered from terrible quality inconsistencies. As reel transitions occurred the quality varied from sharp archival quality video to fuzzy, almost... Read More
Aug 13, 2008 by H. Kane | See all 4 posts
|Well done but faulty movie is The Thing! Read!||
the thing is a classic movie why havent this movie been released on bluray and fully restored yet its long over due.
Feb 24, 2015 by vernon egolf | See all 3 posts