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  •  The original 'The Thing' is one of my all time (13+ / 0-)

    favorites.......Similar to that movie, in Alien you never got a full view of the alien...only snatches.

      •  That's the one I always think of. I did see the (9+ / 0-)

        original years ago. Not a very scary monster.

        [The monster is advancing on the beleaguered scientists]

        Beleaguered scientist #1: Think he can read our minds?
        Beleaguered scientist #2: If so, he's gonna be pretty mad when he gets to me.

        •  And the monster was played by... (3+ / 0-)
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          ...James Arness, better know as Matt Dillon.

          I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

          by itsjim on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 11:28:04 AM PDT

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        •  NOT very scary, true - but in some ways a new kind (5+ / 0-)

          of movie. the ensemble work was terrific, the movement in the story rarely slows, the characters are more main-street than hollywood, and the whole thing feels more real than most (all?) other movies of the 50s (and a big chunk of the 60s, too).

          Also, it was released the year I was born;  though I never cared for "Gunsmoke" (or 'Marshall Dillon'), 'The Thing' is a lifetime favorite that never loses its joy for me (kinda like 'Forbidden Planet', another treasure)

          trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

          by chmood on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:23:39 PM PDT

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          •  A lot of this was because the actors played (3+ / 0-)
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            everything low key. No starts of horror, no shrieking, just the Air Force with a very weird problem to solve. What I also loved is that the monster was a plant.

            Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

            by Sirenus on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 09:32:39 AM PDT

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        •  Actually, those quotes were not from the ... (4+ / 0-)
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          ...beleaguered scientists.  The people speaking those lines were soldiers - specifically, Army Air Force.

          The beleaguered scientists were trying to communicate with the critter, which is how they ended up either dead or injuried.

          Yeah, I love the original movie. :)

      •  Ugh, no. The original was brilliant but the (5+ / 0-)
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        remake, not so much. I have a book Science Fiction Gold, by Dennis Saleh which analyses scifi 50s classics. One reason it works (only hinting at the monster) is censorship at the time not in the U.S. but in the U. K. Uncut versions also have a kind of kinky scene with the main scientist's secretary tying up the hero (who escapes on his own). One reason the original may be better than the remake is (from the book):

        The movie is a good deal more restrained, even, than the original story it was based on, "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr., famed editor of ASTOUNDING magazine in the 40s and 50s. Campbell's monster has tentacles, blue worm hair, three red eyes, and fangs.it has protoplasm that makes it a kind of monstous chameleon...
        The remake seems to have gone back to ther magazine version, but sometimes less is more.

        Anyway, keep watching the skies.

        •  Yes, exactly! (3+ / 0-)
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          (and "good for you, Scotty!")

          trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

          by chmood on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 05:25:40 PM PDT

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        •  It's not kinky. It's just cute. (2+ / 0-)
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          The commanding officer and a female scientist have a little romance going, very low key.  His men are teasing him about it all the time.  The scientist, as a joke, ties him up while he's sitting in a chair and you know he's never going to hear the end of it.  "Oh, Captain! Our Captain!"

          One great scene is when the monster gets outside and gets in a fight with the huskies. Very dark, very weird, very creepy.

          Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

          by Sirenus on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 09:36:56 AM PDT

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          •  Well, for 50s scifi it was kinky. :) And about the (0+ / 0-)

            secretary, she was rather independent and responsible, not totally unlike Ripley (believe it or not). She not only was for 50s scifi sexually "proactive' in that scene, but apparently could hold her liquor like Indiana Jones' girlfriend in Raiders of the Lost Ark (drinking our hero under the table before the movie's onset in a South Seas area, and teasingly leaving a note on him for others to read- including his crew).  :)

            Oh, and wasn't there at least one female scientist at the station?

            •  It wasn't kinky. I've seen plenty of 50's movies (0+ / 0-)

              where this kind of thing was done.

              In those days--and I grew up in those days-- "playful" was not automatically "kinky" if it was between a man and a woman.  The implication was that a big strong guy had--sort of-- been bested by a girl. No wholesale implication of doms and subs and bondage and whips.

              It was cute.  Very slightly naughty. But mostly cute.

              Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

              by Sirenus on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 07:26:53 AM PDT

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    •  The creepiest moment in "The Thing" was ... (18+ / 0-)

      ... when the group of scientists and soldiers fan out around the spaceship buried in the ice, marking its perimeter, and the camera pulls back and you see how huge the thing is. All the characters have the same "oh sh*t!" look on their faces. Even having seen the movie dozens of times, that simple scene always gives me the chills.

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