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Decade Dialogues: Pre-1960

This is a long, perilous journey that we have begun.  So, we thought it would be a neat idea to occasionally stop and reflect on where we’ve been and how far we’ve come.  What you are about to read is a discussion of our intentionally short period clump of 1930-1959.  After setting up several questions to tackle, we entered into our thoughtful discussion to directly sound off to each other and do some discussion of the period as a whole.  And if you read something that you don’t agree with, feel free to chime in. Continue reading

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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