I was not expecting much out of this movie. Sure, it appeared on multiple lists of the top whatever best horror movies, but I wrote it off because it was 1950s sci-fi horror; it screamed B-movie, ripe for Mystery Science Theater 3000. I mean, the title of the movie is The Thing from Another World. Come on. So, my interest in the film and my reasoning for adding it to our list was simply because this was the movie that John Carpenter masterfully remade into his The Thing in 1982, and I thought it would be cool to see the movie that inspired Carpenter. I didn’t give it a fighting chance.
I knew that I had made a mistake about 30 seconds in, as the first name to appear on the screen was that of Howard Hawks and then the title tore open in that creepy font identical to the one used by Carpenter 30 years later (see The Man in Black’s review). But as the film continued, I began to think, “Is this a good movie? More so than I ever could have guessed. Is this a good horror movie? …Yes and no.” Continue reading
To quote Samwise Gamgee, “Well, I’m back.” What a terrible thing, homework is! I’m excited to get back into the fray of reviewing films. How I’ve missed this blog!
And in kicking back to form, we review The Thing from Another World. Taking place in Antarctica, a team comprised of military and scientist personnel discover the scientific finds of the century: an actual flying saucer and an extraterrestrial (the Thing) frozen in ice. Unfortunately for the team, the ice unfreezes, and the Thing gets loose. What follows is a somewhat predictable (but enjoyable!) monster film as the Thing randomly attacks the team, and the divide between the scientists and the military become even starker. Continue reading
Average Grade: B
The Winchesters' hunt for their father leads them into the heart of a national park.
Continuing where the pilot left off, the second episode of the series, “Wendigo,” finds Sam and Dean traveling to Colorado in search of their missing father. Following the coordinates that he left behind, the brothers wind up in the middle of a national park. But when they get there, they find that something in the woods has been kidnapping and killing campers for a very long time. Upon meeting the sister of the latest disappearance, Dean is compelled to help her while an exasperated Sam complains that Dean is getting sidetracked from the hunt for their father.
What is established in the second episode–and solidified in the third episode, “Dead in the Water”–is the formula for the rest of season. Continue reading