Friday, 28 August 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 250: Mon Sep 7

The Thing (Carpenter, 1982): Picturehouse Central, 8.30pm

This film can also be seen in a 70mm presentation at the Prince Charles Cinema on the 10th and 17th October. Full details here.


This is part of a strand entitled Culture Shock, a series of films dedicated to cult and genre films at Picturehouse Cinemas. Tonight's movie was voted No6 in Time Out's 100 best horror films.

Time Out review:
Time travel has many enticing possibilities, but one of the most enjoyable would be to travel back to 1982 and tell John Carpenter that his new movie would someday score sixth place in a list of the 100 best horror movies – even beating his own iconic ‘Halloween’. Like many future horror classics, ‘The Thing’ was hated on first release, dismissed as an ‘Alien’ clone more interested in pushing the boundaries of SFX than in character or tension. It was a disastrous flop, and threatened Carpenter’s once unassailable reputation as the king of the new horror. It’s hard to imagine now: with the benefit of hindsight (and, more importantly, repeat viewings), ‘The Thing’ has emerged as one of our most potent modern terrors, combining the icy-cold chill of suspicion and uncertainty with those magnificently imaginative, pre-CG effects blowouts.
Tom Huddleston

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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