1. Oldmanofthemountain

    Oldmanofthemountain Active Member

    Jun 4, 2020
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    Thoughts and feelings towards John Carpenter’s the Thing?

    Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by Oldmanofthemountain, Jul 16, 2020.

    In terms of writing, narrative, special effects, characters, etc., what are your thoughts and feelings towards John Carpenter’s the Thing, if any? What are some aspects of the show you enjoy, and what are some you dislike? Would you recommend the film to anyone?
  2. Le Panda Du Mal

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    Sep 15, 2020
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    I've always admired the film- the atmosphere, the effects, the soundtrack. The special kind of insidious dread of the monster. A few years ago I read the novella that inspired it (Who Goes There?) and I felt Carpenter had really grasped the essence of it.
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  3. Wreybies

    Wreybies Thrice Retired Supporter Contributor

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    For me, it was rather the opposite. Who Goes There - for me - lacked that sense of limbic horror. For some reason, the scene where they conduct the experiment on the cow's milk (in the novella) and one of the scientists merely observes that the cows could just be copies of such fidelity that they give perfectly good milk, thus the experiment proves nothing, that scene always comes to mind. All I could think during that scene was "YOU TOUCHED THE COWS WITH YOUR HANDS??????" :eek:

    The novella felt rather blasé about the whole situation, especially compare to the film where Carpenter leans hard into the horror of having one's body compromised and violated. That's a powerful motor for fear.
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  4. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll It's Coffee O'clock everywhere. Contributor

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    Where cushions are comfy, and straps hold firm.
    I've always enjoyed the flick. Stan Winston & Crew did the
    special effects which still looked good for the most part since
    they are practical, and not CGI (which is everything pretty much
    now-a-days. :( )
    When you break down things in the story it gives it a whole new
    dimension, or you can just sit back and take the ride. So, yeah I'd
    recommend it, based on the premise, storyline, and effects work. :)
    Also in the scene where the doc loses his hands in the belly mouth,
    the actor actually didn't have hands, so they really good have them
    'bitten' off in that scene. :)
  5. Rosacrvx

    Rosacrvx Contributor Contributor

    Oct 13, 2016
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    "The Thing" is one of my favourite movies ever. I especially like the opening (the dog) and the ending. I like how you can't trust anyone.
    Probably not the answer you were expecting but that's what I take from the movie and why it has made such an impact on me.
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