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The Thing from Another World

Kenneth Tobey , Margaret Sheridan , Christian Nyby , Howard Hawks    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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

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Members of an Antarctic research team are killed off by a frozen alien they uncover.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best April 10 2008
By Paul
One of the first movies I was truly facinated with as a child. This 1950's Sci-Fi horror classic is still one of the best. I believe I've seen it at least a hundred times and even though it is fifty years old it still holds up. The movie is about a team of scienetists at a remote arctic outpost that discover an alien space craft buried in the ice, within the craft dormant for a thousand years sleeps an alien more evil and destructive than anything mankind has ever encountered. This movie does't rely on a lot of special effects the way films do today, rather it used suspense and drama to deliver maximum effect. Superbly acted by Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, Margaret Sheridan, it also features a small appearance by a very young Charles Bronson, this movie is must see for any Sci-Fi fan. I definatly recomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the lot!! Feb. 25 2012
By Ed Duplissie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have all 3 versions of this movie and the original is by far the best. I found it scarey when I first saw it as a child and I still watch it at least once a year. Can't say that for the second and third version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be Afraid...be VERY Afraid! Sept. 23 2005
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
This taut and exciting 50s Sci-Fi classic is a winner from beginning to end.
Ably directed by Howard Hawks and with a great cast this thriller/chiller takes us far up north to a snowy and lonely USAF outpost.From the outset we are treated to some characters who seem like they could be someone you know.The use of over-lapping dialogue and read in a relaxed and understated way enhances their "normalcy" and that of the entire atmosphere making it much more believable.
When something crashes a few miles from the station an investigative party is put together and into action.What they find astonishes them.....an object round and big has crashed into the ice with a small part of it sticking forth from its' icy tomb.When they try to blast it out with thermite explosives they inadvertently blow up their precious find but soon after discover something was thrown out of the craft.They dig it out of the ice and take it back to the station where some disagreements over the disposition of their haul erupt between the military,the scientists and the press.In the meantime the ice encased "treasure" is accidenatlly unthawed and starts roaming the local environs and apparently it isn't in a happy mood!
The movie at this point forward is one tense moment after another as the charachters' and OUR nerves are on constant edge wondering where their "friend" is and where it will strike next.
It's a fight to the finish with some questions answered and others not, both practical and ethical.
On the technical side this is a fine grain print and crisp transfer.The contrast could have been improved somewhat but the sound is very good.
In conclusion this is one of a select few movies of this period(see my other reviews)that definitely belong in the classic category and on YOUR movie shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Keep your eyes on the sky" July 5 2004
The Thing from Another World is a highly entertaining mix of the horror and sci-fi genre with a perfect blend of the two. In the North Pole, a team of scientists reports the crash of an unidentified spacecraft near their base camp. The Air Force sends a team in to investigate what happened. Once there, they find an alien spacecraft, but it is destroyed while they are trying to remove it from the ice. However, the group does find a passenger frozen in ice which they take back to the research laboratories. When the creature accidentaly thaws from the ice, the Air Force pilots and the researchers are in for more than they bargained for. What makes this movie enjoyable is that the Thing is not seen for much of the movie allowing the viewer to imagine what it possibly looks like which makes everything a little more tense and nerveracking. Made on a low budget, The Thing is quickly paced with sharp dialogue that never slows down. A classic sci-fi/horror movies from Howard Hawkes that shouldn't be missed.
Kenneth Tobey stars as Captain Patrick Hendry, the by-the-book, courageous leader of the Air Force team sent in to investigate the crash of the spacecraft. Robert Cornthwaite plays Dr. Carrington, the scientist who wants to preserve the Thing because he holds progress in science above all else. Douglas Spencer plays journalist, Scotty, who wants to break the big news to the world. Margaret Sheridan plays Nikki, the love interest for Captain Hendry. Hendry's crew includes James Young, Dewey Martin, Robert Nichols, and William Self. James Arness of future Gunsmoke fame plays the Thing. The movie also stars Eduard Franz, John Dierkes, Nicholas Bryon, George Fenneman, and Paul Frees. The DVD offers fullscreen presentation and the theatrical trailer. For an exciting, well-made horror/scifi movie, check out The Thing from Another World!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animal,Vegetable,Or Mineral,This Thing Is Great June 17 2004
I highly recommend this DVD to all the classic 50's sci-fi fans everywhere,this one still remains the best all time sci-fi classic,based on the John W.Campbell story Who Goes There?,here we me Capt Patrick Hendry played by Kenneth Tobey,he and his men investigate the disturbance of a crash in the north pole,only to find that the disturbance was caused by a flying saucer,and they also discover frozen in the ice a huge creature thrown free from the explosion,with the Air Force Pilots are also scientists led by Dr.Arthur Carrington played superbly by Robert Cornthwaite,they take their find back to the isolated research base only to discover due to the thawing out by an electric blanket used by Corporal Barnes played by William Self,comes back to life and starts a bloodthirsty rampage,James Arness who was 28 years old at this time,played the monster,he was great and scary,lets not forget Douglas Spencer as the newspaperman Ned Scott,he was wonderful and added humor to this otherwordly story,this film has some great scenes,the discovery of the blood-drained sled dog in the greenhouse at the base,the soidiers and scientists studying the hand of the monster when it was torn off by sled dogs and the tapping of the thorny knuckles of the thing,and of course the thing standing in the doorway confronting our heroes before the monster itself is destroyed by an arc of electricity,the overlapping dialogue,solid acting and eerie otherwordly music played by composer Dimitri Tiomkin is great,and Christian Nyby directing(although many consider Howard Hawks made the film)was excellent,keep this DVD next to all your sci-fi titles,and remember the faithful warning:Keep Watching The Skies!!
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Published 7 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
This is one of those great movies that you can watch over and over again. It is one of the greatest!
Published 13 months ago by Brian Doyle
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice science fiction yarn
What I was looking forward to was seeing James Arness (Gunsmoke) as The Thing. It's an interesting yarn with scary moments.
Published 16 months ago by R. Pellettier
3.0 out of 5 stars la chose d'un autre monde(the thing from another world)
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Published on Sept. 16 2009 by babar54
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't go to the north pole alone after this one!!!!"
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 more
Published on Sept. 17 2008 by Paul Boudreau
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Is More
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 more
Published on Aug. 28 2006 by William B. Perry
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
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 more
Published on July 11 2004 by 2thumbedEbert
5.0 out of 5 stars The scariest movie I have ever seen
This is one movie that really scared me as a kid when I first saw it and still gives me the creeps. I love the actors, dialog, scenery and the story. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Frisco Nolan
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