The Thing from Another World (1951) – Review 2

The Thing movie poster

Grade: C+

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


The Thing from Another World (1951) – Review 1

Grade: B-

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

Supernatural Season 1, Part 2

Average Grade: B

Impala, forest

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

Supernatural Season 1, Part 1

Grade: A

Alright, after setting up my poll more than a week ago, the incredibly underwhelming winner was Supernatural.  For those of you who do not know what Supernatural is, it is a television show that has been running on the WB/CW for six seasons now.  (I only caught the first couple episodes of Season 6; I’ve been meaning to catch up.)  It was created by Eric Kripke and premiered in 2005.  The show has enjoyed relative success and a loyal fanbase.  The show follows two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they take up the family business of hunting.  In this case, hunting refers to the act of tracking down and removing supernatural threats throughout the country, be they vengeful ghosts, vampires, or demons, and generally saving people from the monsters under their beds. Continue reading

Poll: What Would You Like to See?

Alright, after spending my entire Spring Break immersed in a video game, I have decided to try and keep some momentum going since we’ve only barely begun.  And while the Man in Black continues to be overwhelmingly busy with school work, I think I will embark on an adventure outside of our List, a side quest, if you will.  So my question is: What would you like to see me review? Continue reading

Dead of Night (1945) – Review 2

Grade: B

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that weshould voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of ourfrightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peaceand safety of a new dark age.” – The Call of Cthulhu Continue reading

Dead of Night (1945) – Review 1

Dead of Night

Grade: B

I debated whether or not to open my review with a video of the Twilight Zone intro. I decided against it because it didn’t have the same affect as it would have if I was able to pair it up with a trailer for Dead of Night, which unfortunately doesn’t exist. But the point stands. As the film started, I could only think how much it reminded me of Twilight Zone. And I suppose that makes sense since Twilight Zone is a science fiction/horror/mystery/suspense anthology show and Dead of Night is, by all accounts, the film that started the horror anthology genre. And what makes Dead of Night a great horror film is that it creates quality suspense throughout most of the film. Continue reading