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Thing from Another World, The (DVD)
With its modest special effects, lean plot, and small cast of lesser stars, this 1951 thriller remains a sturdy blueprint for fusing horror and science fiction. The formula has been employed countless times since, fleshed out with more extensive and elaborate production values, and manned by higher profiled marquee names, but the results have yet to improve on The Thing from Another World, Howard Hawks's lone foray into sci-fi.
The story begins as military airmen are dispatched to a remote Arctic research station where scientists have detected the crash of a spacecraft. An effort to retrieve the saucer-shaped vehicle fails, but the team returns to the station with the frozen body of its sole occupant. When the extraterrestrial pilot is accidentally thawed, the crew, headed by a tough-talking pilot (Kenneth Tobey), grapples with a massive, chlorophyll-based humanoid (James Arness) thirsty for blood and in no mood for galactic diplomacy.
Hawks takes only a production credit for this low-budget exercise, but his filmmaking style transcends Christian Nyby's nominal direction: rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, an ensemble of comrades whose professionalism is tempered by wisecracks, and unsentimental female characters (embodied by feisty romantic interest Margaret Sheridan) recall Hawks's signature works, while propelling the plot over any potential gaps in credibility. It's hardly surprising, then, that The Thing from Another World remains among the most influential science fiction movies ever shot, or that it remains exciting entertainment a half century later. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Très bon film de science-fiction. Pour l'époque, le scénario était original et intelligent. Il a donné lieu au remake de John Carpenter en 1982.Published 7 months ago by Lucie Boutet
This is one of those great movies that you can watch over and over again. It is one of the greatest!Published on Aug. 12 2013 by Brian Doyle
What I was looking forward to was seeing James Arness (Gunsmoke) as The Thing. It's an interesting yarn with scary moments.Published on May 15 2013 by Scarberian
un film de howard hawks et christian nyby 1951.une expédition scientifique américaine,installée au pôle nord,decouvre un ovni ecrasé sur la calotte... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2009 by babar54
Just have to put my two cents worth in. I love this movie and don't care what others have to say. I know it's been picked apart for it's aparent statements about the political... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2008 by Paul Boudreau
If ever there was an example of less is more, this film is it for it lets one's mind, the greatest special effects instrument ever, conjure up the alien more than any computer... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2006 by William B. Perry
I saw all the wonderful reviews of this "classic" film and decided to go out and buy a copy. Was I dissappointed. Don't let anybody fool you about this film. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by 2thumbedEbert