Wednesday, October 12, 2011
October 10th: The Thing From Another World (1951)
Captain Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) of the U.S. Air Force is sent by his superior, General Fogerty (David McMahon) to take supplies to Dr. Arthur Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) at Polar Expedition Six, a research outpost in the North Pole, where Carrington and his team of scientists, including Hendry's on/off girlfriend Nikki Nicholson (Margaret Sheridan) are researching sightings of a falling meteor.
When it was released in 1982, John Carpenter's The Thing flopped, deemed repulsive and upsetting by film critics and ignored by moviegoers in favor of E.T. In the ensuing years, fans of horror and science fiction have come around to praising The Thing as one of the greatest sci-fi/horror films ever made, thanks to Carpenter's stylish direction, Bill Lancaster's tense screenplay, Dean Cundey's gorgeous lighting, intense performances by a cast headlined by Carpenter regular Kurt Russell, and Rob Bottin's nightmarish special effects.
Next Up: October 11th: Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2 (2011)